Strike Authorization Vote FAQ

What is a Strike Authorization Vote?
ARs are voting on whether or not to give our bargaining team the authority to call a strike if circumstances justify. The vote however does not mean that we will necessarily go on strike. A “Yes” vote gives the bargaining team the authority to make that decision if circumstances justify.

How does the Strike Authorization Vote work?
Voting begins October 2 at 8am and continues through Friday, October 18. All votes will remain anonymous. ARs will receive a unique link to an online ballot via email starting on October 2. If you do not receive an email link by 8am on October 2, please email with your name, job title and campus to request an online ballot.

Why are we taking this vote now?
Thousands of Academic Researchers voting “Yes” to support our bargaining team by giving it the authority to act in the event of unfair labor practices will send a powerful message to the University. We hope the University will engage in good faith bargaining and move to reach a fair agreement with ARs. However, we must have the option to exercise our right to strike over Unfair Labor Practices if they don’t meet their legal obligations at the table.

UC has already engaged in delay tactics such as withholding our July 1 pay increases and failing to provide information necessary to bargaining within a reasonable time frame. We have already met with UC for 11 bargaining sessions, more than enough time to reach a fair agreement. We must demonstrate that thousands of ARs stand behind our bargaining team and will not tolerate bad faith bargaining or delays.

If I vote yes will I be required to go on strike?
No. This vote only authorizes the bargaining team to call a strike in the future if circumstances warrant. A strong “yes” vote will send a powerful message to UC that we will not tolerate further delays, and increase the likelihood that UC will bargain in good faith to reach a fair agreement – eliminating the need for a strike.

If a strike is called, will I be required to walk out?
No. A “yes” vote does not obligate you to participate in a strike. That said, should the bargaining team choose to call one in the future it will only be successful with mass participation.

Am I allowed to participate in this vote if I am an international Academic Researcher?
Yes, you are entitled to participate in all such votes. As for participation in a strike California labor law applies equally to all ARs, regardless of your immigration status.

How long would a strike last? What would it entail? When would it start and end?
There are many options, and ARs would for strike committees to decide how to ensure the greatest level of participation.

Will the University care if we go on strike?
Yes. ARs perform critical work every day. Additionally, a strike would be highly visible – attracting media attention and political support. Members of other unions would likely support us by choosing not to cross picket lines. The combination of disruption, media coverage, and political pressure generated by a strike would absolutely impact the UC.

Isn’t going on strike only hurting ourselves because our research would suffer?
Figuring out the best strategy to make an AR strike successful is a challenge but this would be the task of strike committees at each campus.

Can I be fired or disciplined for going on strike?
No, you cannot be fired or disciplined for participating in a legal Unfair Labor Practices strike.