The following strike information 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 prominently post information about the event. If you should have any questions at any time, you are welcome to contact Employee and Labor Relations.
New Requests for Vacation or Compensatory Time Off
If you are concerned or unaware of coverage within your department, it is acceptable to place new requests on hold.
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 universities.
Crossing Picket Lines
Informational Picketing is lawful as long as it is peaceful, does not interfere with the normal course of business, and does not prevent other employees from coming to work. Non-participating employees should avoid confrontations. This includes not responding to comments or engaging in any exchanges which may inflame the situation.
University's Position on Collective Bargaining
The University believes that it is important that all members of the UC community understand what the key issues are during a contract negotiation. The University is committed to good faith negotiations, fair contracts, compliance with the collective bargaining process, and strives to recognize and reward employees
Responding to Questions About a Strike
As a manager or supervisor, you can provide employees with the information that has been prepared by the Employee and Labor Relations office. Frequently, during the negotiations process, Employee and Labor Relations will provide communications campus-wide from the Office of the President. The University believes in transparent communication and provides updates as often as possible, however, the collective bargaining process is relatively long, sometimes with little movement.
If you are asked a question that you cannot answer, please refer the employee to Employee and Labor Relations.
Right to Work
Non-striking employees should be informed of laws that protect the right of all employees to cross a picket line to come to work.
Already-Scheduled Vacation and Compensatory Time Off
In general, it is better to allow already scheduled time off to occur as originally agreed. However, if your operational needs will be seriously disrupted, you may discuss the possibility of rescheduling this time off with the employee. The request to cancel or reschedule vacation time should be expressed evenly throughout your department.
During a strike. sick leave will not be paid unless the employee provides a doctor's note. Prior to a strike, Employee and Labor Relations will provide information on communicating this to your employees.