Teamsters Local 439 Continue Rally for Higher, Livable Wages at Pacific
On Thursday, October 27, the Teamsters Local 439 and University of the Pacific student organizations joined for its second time in as many months to rally for the approximately 125 physical plant workers at University of the Pacific. Teamster Local 439 has released a statement on October 26 summarizing, “substandard wage proposals that will keep many of the bargaining unit employees at a wage below a living wage and keep the University’s employees well below the average wages for the area for similar employees in the education setting.” Also noted, Alumnus and Astronaut Jose Hernandez has joined the Teamsters Local 439 in solidarity.
Teamsters, joined by UOP student organizations, rallied at the Pacific Main Entrance in hopes of alerting the public and community of Stockton to their struggles for living wages and encouraged the University “to propose a fair wage package”. Rallying was conducted in a peaceful manner with last week’s group moving to the University Center and Fraternity/ Sorority Circles in the later part of the evening.
The University has listed the offer for wage increases based on state statutes.
According to final proposals, the University has provided the following:
For all four Teamster groups, an increase of 1.2 percent for the first $50,000 in wages and 0.72 percent for wages over $50,000 and under $75,000 for 2016.
For years two and three, the offer is 0.5 percent or the same as the Stockton employees, whichever is greater.
For Teamster group 1 (primarily custodians and groundskeepers), an approximate two percent increase in the base pay rate to $13.20 per hour from $12.94 per hour for those currently earning $12.94 per hour. The University of the Pacific notes that this rate “exceeds the current and planned state increases in minimum wage through 2020.”
What are your thoughts on the continued negotiations between Teamsters Local 439 and the University of the Pacific? We encourage comments, emails and Letters to the Editor to be sent to our email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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