The information provided below is designed to assist you in answering general questions about strikes that are often asked by employees. When a specific strike is scheduled, this page will have a featured link prominently posted at the top leading to information about the event.
For information at any time, please call Employee & Labor Relations at 530-754-8892.
1. University's position on collective bargaining
The University believes that it is important that all members of the UC community to understand what the key issues are during a contract negotiation. The University is committed to good faith negotiations, fair contracts, and compliance with collective bargaining process. The University strives to recognize and reward employees, even during bad budget years.
2. Responding to questions about a strike
As a manager or supervisor you, can provide the employee with the information that has been prepared by the Employee and Labor Relations Office. This information may be particularly helpful if the employee says that he or she is trying to decide whether or not to participate in the strike. You can also advise the employee that it is the University's position that employees should not strike and should come to work as usual.
If you are asked a question that you can't answer, don't guess. Tell the employee that you will get an answer as soon as possible, then call your Employee Relations Consultant.
3. Right to work
If you are asked what non-striking employees can do during a strike, you may say that the law protects the right of all employees to cross a picket line to come to work.
4. Holding classes
Classes will be held as usual. Instructors cannot delay, change or revise their assigned responsibilities in order to participate in demonstrations or strikes. This will be consistently and fairly enforced across all schools and colleges.
5. Crossing picket lines
Informational picketing is lawful so long as it is peaceful, does not interfere with the normal course of business and does not prevent employees from coming to work. Non-participating employees should avoid confrontations and should not respond to any comments that picketers may direct at them. Non-participating employees should not invite or engage in any exchanges which might inflame the situation.
6. New requests for vacation or compensatory time off
If you don't know if you will have enough employees to meet the operational needs of your unit or are concerned about your ability to cover the needs of your unit, you may want to put new requests on hold.
7. Already-scheduled vacation and compensatory time off
In general, it is better to allow already-scheduled time off to occur as originally agreed if your operational needs will not be seriously disrupted. If, however, your operational needs may be harmed, you may wish to discuss with the employee the possibility of rescheduling.
8. Sick leave
If a strike occurs, sick leave that occurs during the period of the strike shall not be paid unless the employee provides a doctor's note. Please make your employees aware of this fact.
All media inquiries should be directed to the Campus News Service, 530-752-1930. For information about collective bargaining, contact Employee and Labor Relations, 530-754-8892.