Sacramento City, UC educators preparing to strike

CFA is standing in solidarity with educators and university workers who are planning to strike this week.

In the UC system, AFSCME 3299 members have been fighting for a contract for two years, and the ULP Committee has unanimously decided to call for a strike on April 10 at 17 campus and medical center locations throughout the state. Click here to get involved.

According to AFSCME, the UC has broken the law by failing to prevent or denounce a supervisor’s attack on picketing workers, discouraging members from joining the strike, and campaigning for members to quit the union.

We issued a statement of support for AFSCME 3299 members. “…We understand the divide and conquer strategies that management employs, and we support our union siblings of the UC System in their efforts to secure stable and supportive working conditions and fair and just compensation. As faculty, we understand that without staff support, we cannot achieve the fundamental mission of providing quality public higher education to the students of California.”

Sacramento teachers also are preparing to hold a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11 due to unfair labor practices and failed mediation attempts with the district. Members of the Sacramento City Teachers Association, an affiliate of CTA, voted last month to authorize the one-day strike.

SCTA will be holding a “Kids First Rally” at 12 pm (noon) on Thursday at the Serna Center, 5735 47th Avenue, Sacramento. Several members of CFA’s Capitol Chapter are planning to join K-12 colleagues at the rally and on the picket line.

“Our fellow teachers were with us when we were fighting for fair salaries and working conditions in the CSU, and we will likewise be with them as they fight to improve learning conditions for their students,” said Margarita Berta-Ávila, CFA Capitol Chapter President and a Professor at Sacramento State. “For faculty, this hits close to home as these are our children’s teachers, and the students in those classrooms grow up to be students in our own classrooms. Our SCTA colleagues truly do teach the future, and they deserve a fair contract.” 

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