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Update: What You Need to Know About Next Week’s Strike

Last week the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Service (SX) bargaining unit notified the University of California of its intent to conduct a three-day UC-systemwide strike beginning at 4 a.m. Monday, May 7. AFSCME represents 61 Berkeley Lab employees.

Two other UC bargaining units representing employees at Berkeley Lab are planning to conduct two-day sympathy strikes beginning May 8. (For details, see “Next Week’s UC Strike and How It Might Affect the Lab” in the May 2 issue of TABL.)

During the strike, picketing may occur on UC Berkeley property or at Berkeley Lab gates. The strike may cause service delays, gate restrictions, shuttle bus route changes, and other disruptions.

All employees and their supervisors are receiving additional information about the strike, and represented employees are receiving information about their options during a strike.

See the details below, and watch for updated information about the strike by email and in TABL over the next several days.

Gate access for contractors: The Strawberry Gate will be reserved for access to the site by construction contractors. During the strike, it is for the exclusive use of construction contractors and their subcontractors, including their employees, visitors, and vendors. Berkeley Lab employees will not be permitted to enter or exit through the Strawberry Gate during the strike.

Gate access for employees: The Blackberry and Grizzly gates are to be used by the public, Berkeley Lab and UC employees and their visitors and guests, and Lab and UC vendors/suppliers. See the map here. Berkeley Lab employees will not be permitted to enter or exit through the Strawberry Gate during the strike.

Extended gate hours: During the strike, the Grizzly Gate will be open for entry into the Lab from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Blackberry Gate will be open 24 hours.

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.

Shuttle bus route changes: The Orange Shuttle will access the Lab through the Blackberry Gate and maintain all regular Lab pickup locations, with stops on Centennial Drive diverted to the East Gate stop. The Rockridge Shuttle will access the Lab through Blackberry Gate and maintain all regular Lab pickup locations. The Blue Shuttle will maintain its regular route and stops, but Lab staff should expect minor delays on all shuttle lines.

Deliveries: Some deliveries may be slowed due to additional precautions at the gates and possible strike-related impacts to transportation staffing.

Leave requests: All supervisors at the Lab have been asked to notify all employees (represented and non-represented) that an employee who is absent from work during the strike without prior authorization will be assumed to be on strike. Requests for authorization for an absence from work (e.g., vacation leave) during the strike period may or may not be granted. If you have questions about leave, consult your supervisor or your Senior HR Division Partner. (Note: This item has been corrected.)

Sick leave: Employees who call in sick during the strike will be asked to provide a doctor’s note immediately upon their return to work.

Questions and concerns: An email account has been set up for employees who have strike-related questions or concerns: [email protected]. This account will be monitored by a team from Human Resources, Facilities, and Protective Services, who will respond to queries in a timely manner.

Updates: Watch for updated information about the strike by email and here in TABL over the next several days.