Some 8,500 University of California service workers – members of AFSCME Local 3299 – will see their wages rise by 16 percent over five years under a new agreement ratified this month after a year-and-a-half of tough bargaining. The historic contract covers custodians, gardeners, food service workers and drivers for the 10-campus system. Through demonstrations, sit-ins and even some arrests, they let UC administrators know that they deserved to be treated with respect. continue reading

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