UAW Strike Information for Employees - Nov 14, 2022

The University of California is currently in contract negotiations with the United Auto Workers (UAW) regarding four separate academic bargaining units: Postdoctoral Scholars, Academic Researchers, Academic Student Employees (teaching assistants/readers/tutors), and Graduate Student Researchers.


The UAW has notified UC that these academic/research bargaining units have voted to authorize a strike. Strike activities start Monday, November 14, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. at all University of California locations.  This is an open-ended strike, meaning that the strike activities would be ongoing.

Below are answers to some important questions:

If you have additional questions, please contact the Employee and Labor Relations Office at strikequestions@berkeley.edu.

1 - Are the other unions that represent University employees going on strike?

No, only the UAW employees are formally going on strike.    

The collective bargaining agreements of other unions have “No Strike” articles. In those articles, the unions agree that neither the union nor the employees it represents will engage in strikes, stoppages or interruptions of work, or other concerted activities, including sympathy strikes, which interfere directly or indirectly with University operations. 

2 - What will happen during the strike?

Employees participating in the strike may choose to not show up for work, join a picket line on campus, pass out informational flyers, and/or participate in other activities organized by the union.

3 - Are non-represented campus employees expected to come to work on November 14, 2022, and beyond?

Yes. All campus employees are expected to be at work as scheduled and to perform work as assigned. The campus will remain open, courses will be taught, research will be performed, and the campus will provide normal or equivalent service. If an individual encounters a picket line, the law protects her/his right to cross it. The Berkeley campus has experienced employee strikes in the past. In all cases, picketers have been very committed to their points of view, but also respectful of the views of others.

4 - Will the picketers or striking employees block me from coming to work?

At Berkeley, picketers have always been committed to their position, but also respectful of the rights and views of others. Pickets are lawful so long as they are peaceful, conducted only on public property (i.e., sidewalks), do not block access to the facility, do not interfere with the normal course of business, and do not prohibit non-striking employees from working. Non-striking employees should not invite or engage in any exchanges, which might inflame the situation. If an employee feels they are being harassed or prevented from working by picketers or striking employees, the employee should notify her/his supervisor and the Employee and Labor Relations Office at strikequestions@berkeley.edu.

5 - If I'm a dues-paying member of the UAW union, am I obligated to participate in the strike? Can I be penalized for not striking?

No employee is under any obligation to strike. Unions are legally prohibited from threatening or coercing members in other ways to keep them from coming to work. 

6 - Am I permitted to talk to my supervisor or unit manager about any of this?

Absolutely. You may also contact your labor union.

If you have additional questions, please contact the campus Employee and Labor Relations Office at strikequestions@berkeley.edu.