Teamsters shed light on dark side of Merced 2020 project

Teamsters 2010 members handed out about 400 leaflets and talked to dozens of students and residents heading into the Phase II opening of the UC Merced 2020 Project. The leaflet “congratulates” campus administration for selling out the Merced community.

The 2020 Project portion of UC Merced campus is a public-private partnership, which is a fancy way of saying that good, union jobs maintaining the buildings and grounds have been subcontracted out by the Canadian-based developer.

“It was shocking to see how many members of the campus community were not aware of the true nature of the [public-private partnership] 2020 project,” said Jeffrey Slayter, Teamsters 2010 Skilled Trades Chief Steward at UC Merced.