Fresno State, CSU Bakersfield face one-day strike from trades workers

A walkout of more than 1,000 trades workers comes as the CSU simultaneously attempts to quell a teacher strike.

The skilled trades workers of the California State University system are set to walk off the job on Tuesday at all 22 campuses, including Fresno State and CSU Bakersfield.

The workers, represented by Teamsters Local 2010, voted to the tune of 95 percent to authorize a strike against the nation’s largest public university system.


Driving the news: Trades workers will take a single-day strike on the system, leading to more than 1,100 employees being out of work on Tuesday, Nov. 14.

  • The union has pursued raises for its members along with a salary step structure.
  • Teamsters officials point to a growing pay gap for skilled trades workers between the CSU and University of California systems, with CSU workers making 23.6 percent less than their UC counterparts when accounting for campuses situated in the same county.
  • Teamsters Local 2010, which represents about 1,100 skilled trades workers for the California State University system, announced they will hold a strike on Nov. 14 across 22 campuses. Last month, nearly 95% of the union’s members voted for a strike.

What they’re saying: “After months of bad-faith bargaining, stalled negotiations, and clear violations of state law by the CSU, our members have had enough and are taking to the picket line to strike,” said Jason Rabinowitz, secretary-treasurer of Teamsters Local 2010. “CSU has shamelessly interfered with our members’ rights to engage in union activities, including by unilaterally changing work rules, removing Teamster signage and materials from breakrooms, and threatening retaliation for participating in a strike action. We’re ready to demonstrate the strength of our solidarity and to fight for the fair contract we deserve.”

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