Today at Berkeley Lab

Three Day Strike Called Beginning Oct. 23; Changes to Gate Access and Shuttle Services

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) EX bargaining unit has notified the University of California of its intent to conduct a UC-system-wide strike next week. The strike is expected to begin on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 4:00 a.m. and end 72 hours later, on Friday, Oct. 26 at 3:59 a.m.

Three other bargaining units have announced their intent to conduct a three-day “sympathy strike” on the same dates. They include another AFSCME unit, SX, and two University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE) units, TX and RX. Altogether these four bargaining units represent more than 300 research support, technical support, and services support employees at the Lab.

On Tuesday morning, practice patience during your commute while colleagues exercise their legal right of free expression.

Note that it may take more time to get to work Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, with increased congestion in Berkeley. There may be a line to get through Lab gates as the guards check IDs. Individuals might be picketing outside the Lab gates.

“Keep in mind that at the end of the day, we are all one team,” said Michael Brandt, Deputy Lab Director for Operations. Please practice patience while our colleagues exercise their legal right of free expression.”

What You Need to Know

Bring your badge: Remember to bring your badge every day of the strike. Be ready to show it as you enter Blackberry Gate. It will make it easier for everyone.

Employee Absences During the Strike: All Lab employees (both represented and non-represented) are expected to abide by their regular work schedules on October 23, 24, and 25, and any unexcused absences will be unpaid. If employees call in sick on the strike days, they will be required to provide doctors’ notes upon their return to work.

Vacation requests: Vacation requests for October 23, 24, or 25, will be denied on the basis of operational necessity; previously approved vacation days off will be honored.

Telecommuting: Any employee who has a formal telecommute agreement and who regularly telecommutes on any of the days of the week during which the strike occurs may maintain the normal telecommute schedule with supervisory approval.

Gate restrictions: Lab staff, suppliers, visitors, and guests must use the Blackberry or Grizzly Gates only. The Grizzly Gate will be open for entry into the Lab from 6:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. during the strike. The Blackberry Gate will be open 24 hours. See the map.

The Strawberry Gate is for the exclusive use of construction contractors, their subcontractors, and their suppliers. Berkeley Lab employees will not be permitted to enter or exit through the Strawberry Gate.

Traffic delays: Traffic delays are likely to occur at Lab gates or on UC Berkeley property, whether or not picketing occurs, due to increased security measures and the need to comply with labor laws regarding gate access and restrictions. All Lab personnel are asked to plan for delays and make safety their number one priority.

Deliveries: UPS has informed the Lab that it will not make deliveries to the Lab during the strike. FedEx has stated it will serve the Lab as usual. Delivery of packages will take place on site, but you may be called to pick up a package.

Security checks: Additional security checks will be performed at all Berkeley Lab gates during the strike to ensure that personnel use the correct gate. Employees are asked to have their badges and IDs ready for inspection and be prepared to answer questions. Additionally, Lab Security will screen vehicles lacking Berkeley Lab parking permits at each gate. The Blackberry Gate security check will take place below the horseshoe parking lot (Lot F), near the Foothill Lot.

Orange and Rockridge shuttle route modifications: The Orange shuttle will enter the Lab through Grizzly Gate and exit through Blackberry Gate, maintaining all regular Lab pickup locations, with the Pool and Rim Way stops on Centennial Drive closed. Riders should use the East Gate stop as an alternate. See the temporary map.

The Rockridge shuttle will keep its regular schedule, but it will enter and exit through the Blackberry Gate. There are no changes to the Blue route shuttle schedule or stops.

Questions: Strike-related questions should be sent to [email protected] This account will be monitored by a team from Human Resources, Facilities, and Protective Services.

Reporting concerns: If you see any safety issues or life-threatening emergencies, call 911 immediately. For any other incidents or concerns, contact the Laboratory Operations Center at 510-486-6999.

Updates: Watch for updated information in TABL, via email, at the 1-800-445-5830 status line, and at