CUE-Teamsters Tell UC-San Diego Chancellor to Help Workers Win a Fair Contract

Oct 23, 2010, 18:23 ET from CUE-Teamsters Local Union 2010

At 5K Race, UCSD Workers Ask Chancellor Fox to Help Their Voice Be Heard

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --  CUE-Teamsters Local 2010 members that are employed by the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) called on Chancellor Mary Anne Fox at the Chancellor's Challenge 5K Race to help the 14,000 employees throughout the University of California system win a fair union contract yesterday. CUE-Teamster members participated in the 5K race and walk, and distributed informational leaflets.

The CUE-Teamsters have been without a contract since 2008 as the university has continued to stall and delay negotiations for a new contract with the bargaining unit. The workers at UCSD have not had a pay increase since 2007, even as other bargaining units have received wage increases.

"While a race to raise scholarship money is admirable, we would like to challenge UC administrators and ask them why UC is in a race to the bottom in pay discrimination for its staff," said Maria Figueroa, a 14-year employee at the University.

The CUE-Teamster members that are employees of the university work as clerical and administrative assistants at each of the 10 university campuses. The entire unit, which voted to affiliate with the Teamsters Union this past May, has been trying to negotiate a contract for the past two years.

"Our members who work at UC San Diego need an advocate with the Regents," said Randy Cammack, Teamsters International Vice President and principal officer of Teamsters Joint Council 42 in Covina, California. "By voicing their contract concerns our members have given Chancellor Fox the opportunity to do the right thing. It is our hope she will take immediate action to resolve this issue."

Founded in 1903, the International Brotherhood of Teamsters represents 1.4 million hardworking men and women throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

SOURCE CUE-Teamsters Local Union 2010