Expected strike impacts on Physical Planning, Development and Operations

To: UC Santa Cruz Community

From: Traci Ferdolage, Associate Vice Chancellor | Physical Planning, Development, and Operations

Dear Campus Community

I write to inform you of expected impacts affecting Physical Planning, Development & Operation’s (PPDO) ability to provide a normal level of service to the campus during the expected union labor strike, announced to start at 4 a.m. May 7 and end at 4 a.m. May 10.

Should entry to the campus be closed down or severely hindered, our ability to provide normal Custodial, Grounds, Building, Utility, and Fleet Services will be greatly reduced. As a result, PPDO will provide services based on a triaged emergency response approach focused on life safety, public health, and business continuity. Normal, routine, or non-emergency work requests and projects will be of a lower priority until staffing levels are re-established in a manner supporting normal operations.

Based on current plans, the following services levels will be provided:

  • Custodial Services: Sanitation efforts and stocking supplies for restrooms, showers, and other critical areas as well as removal of trash from buildings.
  • Grounds Services: Refuse removal from exterior locations, management of downed trees/limbs and similar issues.
  • Building and Utility Services: Emergency calls such as plumbing leaks, sewer backups, fume hood alarms, power outages and structural issues.
  • Fleet Services: Emergency vehicle support and repairs.
  • Design and Construction Services, Engineering Services, and Work Management: Monitor construction sites for safety-related issues. It is expected most projects will be shutdown.
  • PPDO Business Operations: Efforts concentrated on support to the above-noted activities. The Physical Plant Services work control desk will be operational at (9–4444) or wodesk@ucsc.edu.

Thank you for your understanding and we apologize for any inconvenience. Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our offices through the Physical Plant Services work control desk.