FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 26, 2002
Richard C. Atkinson
The University of California greatly appreciates the hard work and dedication of all its employees, and this certainly includes lecturers and clerical employees. UC lecturers play a critical role in helping the University fulfill its teaching mission, and clerical employees, along with the rest of staff, represent the administrative backbone of the University.
The University continues to offer both the lecturers' union and the clericals' union the best wage proposals it can, given the limited state funding it is receiving due to the current budget deficit. We are also working hard in our negotiations to address other important employee issues, such as job security for lecturers and health and safety issues for clericals.
We regret the unions' decision to ask our employees to engage in this type of action. We have made significant compromises throughout negotiations with both unions, but of course, contract settlement requires compromise from both parties, not just the University. We remain hopeful that resolution is near.
I want to assure our employees, students and the public that both
the Office of the President and the Berkeley campus have contingency
plans in place to help ensure that University classes and operations
will continue with as little disruption as possible these next few
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