UC hospital workers, custodians, tutors to strike Wednesday
SAN DIEGO — UC campuses and medical centers are preparing for a one-day strike Wednesday by service workers, patient care employees and student tutors. Some elective surgeries and treatments have been postponed at the system’s hospitals and replacement workers are being hired, officials said.
The main strike is by the union that represents 22,000 custodians, gardeners, food workers, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians and others at UC’s five medical centers and nine of its campuses. AFSCME 3299 conducted a two-day strike at the hospitals in May and now its leaders contend that UC administrators are seeking to enforce unfair labor practices and dangerously low staffing levels.
UC administrators are urging the union to call off its strike and resume talks. They deny the labor allegations of harassment and contend that the main sticking points in contract negotiations include the union’s resistance to higher employee contributions for pensions that other workers already…
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