“A strike is only hurting the union’s own members who will lose pay for joining this ill-advised three-day walkout, while negatively affecting services to patients and students," the spokesperson said. “A disruptive demonstration will change neither UC’s economic situation nor the university’s position on AFSCME’s unreasonable demands.”
The University of California attempted to stop approximately 700 workers from participating in the strike via a court order last week, but a California court denied their request.
The state school system took another hit when two unions chose to strike with AFSCME Local 3299: University Professional and Technical Employees and California Nurses Association. Their addition meant tens of thousands of more people standing at the picket line and greater disruption in the university system.
“Numbers, solidarity and speaking in unity really amplifies the urgency and the seriousness of what we’re talking about at the university,” Lybarger said.