March 25, 2016
By Steven Wishnia
Berkeley, CA – The University of California at Berkeley announced Mar. 18 that it has agreed to offer full-time jobs to custodians and parking attendants now working for private contractors.
The deal is a "historic victory for contract workers," American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 said in a statement. In exchange, the union agreed to stop urging speakers to boycott the campus. The university said it will make job offers to all contract custodians and parking attendants within 30 days, and offer to give temporary custodians permanent jobs. It added that the agreement “builds on the UC president's new Fair Wage/Fair Work Plan,” which will set a $14-an-hour minimum wage for all workers scheduled for more than 20 hours a week beginning on Oct. 1, and raise that to $15 in October 2017. Read more