Surprise, surprise: the UC administration is attempting to cut the health care and pension benefits of some of the lowest paid workers on campuses across the state. Service workers — custodians, dining hall attendants, gardeners, and others — are being asked to take massive cuts to their health care coverage when many of them make as little in take-home pay as $22,000 annually. Today AFSCME 3299 workers and their allies picketed on UC campuses across the state. At UC Berkeley, dozens marched at Telegraph and Bancroft, with allies from the recently victorious AWDU caucus in UAW 2865, UFCW Local 5, and Kriss Worthington from the Berkeley City Council.
No cuts to workers’ benefits! Chop from the top!
Slash the bloated bureaucratic-administrative apparatus!