For the fourth consecutive year, the University of California’s largest employee union, Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), invited Boxer & Gerson Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist Maria Sager to help educate the union’s Member Action Team (MAT) on the finer points of workers’ comp, which team members in turn use to assist the larger membership.
The event, which alternates between southern and northern California locales, took place in Los Angeles last Saturday.
Local 3299 was formed in 1948 and currently represents more than 24,000 workers across UC’s 10 campuses, five medical centers, multiple clinics, research laboratories and UC Hastings College of the Law. It is organized into four different bargaining units encompassing service workers, patient care technical workers, skilled craft workers, and non-academic service, clerical and professional staff.
The Local is but part, however, of AFSCME on the national front, where its 1.6 million members make it one of the country’s largest unions.
Sager’s address to the Local’s leaders began with an overview of the workers’ compensation system in California, before proceeding to a discussion of benefits available to injured workers, filing of claims, and a review of protocols related to injury diagnosis and rehabilitation activity. Since both workers’ comp law and MAT membership changes on a regular basis, the union, like many others around California, sees fit to bring Boxer & Gerson back to provide regular updates.