Today at Berkeley Lab

Updates and Reminders About Today’s Strike Activities

This morning, May 7, the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), a University of California bargaining unit, began strike activities across the UC System. Another UC bargaining unit, UPTE, has announced it will strike Tuesday morning, May 8. (For details, see the “TABL STRIKE PAGE”)

Berkeley Lab employees are represented by both unions.

This morning, small groups were picketing at the intersection of Hearst and Gayley (below the Blackberry Gate), outside the Grizzly Gate, and on Centennial Drive. Members of the Lab’s security team conducted additional checks of vehicles entering all Berkeley Lab gates to ensure that people use the correct gates. Traffic delays were minimal.

“I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and for focusing on safety,” said Ellen Ford, senior advisor to the Deputy Laboratory Director for Operations.

Below are reminders regarding strike activities this week. Watch for updates here in the daily TABL, by email, at the 1-800-445-5830 call-in line, and at


Gate restrictions: During the strike period, 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. The Blackberry and Grizzly Gates are for use by Berkeley Lab and UC employees and their visitors and guests, and Lab and UC vendors and suppliers. The Grizzly Gate will be open for entry from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm during the strike. The Blackberry Gate will be open 24 hours.

Picketing: Lawful picketing is a protected form of civil expression as long as it is peaceful, does not block access to the site for other employees, does not interfere with the normal course of business, and does not prohibit non-striking employees from working.

Non-striking employees: Non-striking employees should avoid confrontations and need not respond to picketers. If any employee feels harassed or prevented from working by picketers or striking employees, the employee should notify his or her supervisor, or contact Employee & Labor Relations at [email protected]

Right to enter Lab property unimpeded: The law protects the right of all employees to cross a picket line and come to work.

Traffic delays: Be aware that traffic delays are likely to occur at Lab gates or on UC Berkeley property during the strike period. All Lab personnel are asked to plan for delays and make safety their number one priority.

Orange shuttle bus route: The Orange Shuttle will access the Lab through the Blackberry Gate and maintain 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 map.

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

Questions: Employees who have strike-related questions should email [email protected]

Reporting concerns: Call 9-1-1 to report safety issues or life-threatening emergencies. 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 call-in line, and at