CEDILLO GOES TO WORK FOR AFSCME ON HISTORIC LABOR AGREEMENT WITH UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA
AFSCME Local 3299 announced today they have reached an agreement with the University of California on a historic contract that will lift thousands of families out of poverty. The contract will cover 8,500 UC Service Workers including custodians, gardeners, food service workers, and drivers and comes after eighteen months of bargaining efforts.
A critical component to the negotiations was support the union received from elected officials including Cedillo, who was actively engaged in the negotiating process. "He has been on picket lines, he has talked to other political offices when needed, throughout it all Gilbert was there with us," shared Lakesha Harrison, President, AFSCME Local 3299. Cedillo hosted talks between stakeholders, attended rallies and worked telephone calls and personal letters to maintain open communication between the parties.
"I'm honored to have contributed to the tremendous efforts of the Service Workers. These working men and women are the unsung heroes of our UC campuses - they maintain well-manicured grounds, prepare meals and clean classrooms and lecture halls. I congratulate AFSCME Local 3299 and the University of California on their good-faith efforts to reach this agreement," said Cedillo. The former union leader is not new to the role of diplomat in labor relations between California's higher education system and unions. He was honored by the California Faculty Association (CFA) in 2007 for his role in negotiating a resolution between the California State University administration and the faculty union.
The UC Service Workers agreement will include significant wage increases over a five year period, a pay system that rewards seniority, and a first time ever statewide minimum wage for the service workers' job classifications.