Important: Fall 2018 Strike Scheduled

October 19, 2018

Dear Faculty & Graduate Student Instructors,

As many of you may already know, The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) has notified UC of its intent to strike. The strike is scheduled to begin at 4:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, and end at 3:59 a.m. on Friday, October 26. We also expect the University Professional & Technical Employees (UPTE) employees to hold a sympathy strike. We offer the following information to help you plan:

Classroom Lockouts & Facilities Issues: Facilities Services will focus on maintaining regular service for classrooms and libraries during this critical time. If you have a problem on the days you teach, please contact 510-643-4474 to obtain timely assistance.

Education Technology Service (ETS) Service Advisory: ETS currently expects delays in responses to support requests submitted through CSS-IT for many of our services including bCourses and classroom technology due to limited capacity anticipated at CSS IT Help Desk. Please check the ETS website for more information. 

The Center for Teaching and Learning and ETS have also collaborated on a resource to help leverage digital tools to ensure continuity of instruction, and are always happy to work with you directly o n tool selection and usage. For in-person support, visit the Academic Innovation Studio(117 Dwinelle, M-F, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.).

Parking & Transportation: Campus shuttle service is expected to be available in the evening only and stacked parking may not be available. Those who normally rely on these services should make alternate plans and may want to allow extra time for transit. The Loop will continue to be available to students, faculty, and staff with disabilities. 

Student Attendance: According to COCI guidelines, individual faculty members are encouraged to handle missed courses and exams according to their usual instructional policies.

Please consult with your department leadership if you need assistance in creating a plan for your class. 

You can visit UCNet for more information about UC–AFSCME negotiations and AFSCME’s October 23–26 strike.


A. Paul Alivisatos
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost

Barbara Spackman
Chair, Academic Senate - Berkeley Division