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Hundreds Protest Statewide at CSU

Skilled Trades Teamsters Hold Statewide Protest at
California State University

Hundreds of Skilled Trades workers across Cal State University held protests yesterday, calling attention to the threats to student caused by years of neglect of campus facilities and demanding fair wages.

Click here to view pictures of the event.

“As CSU raises tuition on students, it fails to invest in their safety and the safety of the workers who make the University run,” said Jason Rabinowitz, Teamsters Local 2010 Secretary-Treasurer.  “It is time for CSU to fulfill its promise to the people of California and provide a safe environment for students and workers.” 

CSU has accumulated a $2+ billion backlog of neglected repairs and maintenance work, which continues to grow by $143 million a year. 

“We work hard in keeping the Universities running and take pride in our work,” said Hector Fernandez, Teamsters Local 2010 Director of Skilled Trades.  “But we are overworked and understaffed, putting us and the students in danger.”

Inadequate funding has resulted in a backlog of system failures and facilities past their useful life, according to CSU’s own reports. At many CSU campuses, the utilities infrastructure are obsolete, dating back more than a half century and in need of upgrade or replacement. Resulting in power or water service interruptions and failures, which threaten to interrupt education services to students and impede the CSU’s ability to provide a clean and safe work environment for faculty and staff.

“I just want what everyone wants,” said Curtis Maas, Carpenter at Chico State.  “I want to be safe in the workplace and be paid a fair wage for work that I do.”

Thank you to everyone who made this day possible.  We will continue to take the fight to CSU for fair wages and the safety of the entire community.

 
 
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