Representatives with United Auto Workers 285 were scheduled to meet with the UC bargaining committee on Oct. 27 in Los Angeles. However, UC representatives did not attend in any official capacity, said Molly Ball, UAW representative at UC Davis.
Steve Montiel, UC spokesperson, said he could not confirm nor deny Ball’s claims as to how official the meeting was. The university extended UAW’s contract deadlines again to Nov. 15 and plan to hold another day of bargaining on Nov. 9.
“We remain optimistic as to the prospect of a contract, but there are still standing issues,” he said.
Ball said that UC representatives came to the meeting, but without any contract proposals.
The union, which represents over 12,000 Academic Student Employees such as teaching assistants, tutors and readers throughout the UC system, and the university have been involved in contract negotiations since May.
– Janelle Bitker