Friday, 22 June, 2018

UCLA Employees Injured in the Midst of Union Strike Protest

More than 50,000 UC workers set to strike this week but campuses will remain open Talks stalled, UC strike to begin Monday morning
Faye Gross | 09 May, 2018, 07:47

The University of California workers' strike is expected to grow even larger on Tuesday.

The threatened worker walkout by three unions arrives after a late ruling Friday from the state Public Employment Relations Board.

SHIA LEVITT, BYLINE: In bright green union T-shirts, more than a hundred workers and union organizers marched Monday outside UC San Francisco Medical Center.

These workers were among thousands of custodians, security guards, gardeners and other service workers at University of California campuses who started the strike over pay inequalities and demanding higher wages.

In addition, some members of UAW Local 2865, which represents graduate student workers who teach, tutor and grade assignments, may support the strike, which could result in cancellations of some classes, said Garrett Strain, a union official and UC Berkeley graduate student in sociology. Medical Center will be striking. "Whether by withholding participation in planned UC events, or joining us on picket lines, we're calling for elected representatives across California to take a stand against injustice and honor our struggle".

On Friday, UCSD officials said they have rescheduled about 200 elective surgeries that were to be performed early this week. UC San Diego directed emergency room patients to other hospitals.

An unidentified male drove his auto into three UCLA staff members participating in an ongoing UC-wide labor strike this morning. Normally between 575 and 600 patients are in beds across both facilities each day. A representative for the University of California Office of the President called the strike "highly inappropriate" as a negotiating tactic.

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Lybarger, however, accused the university of "subverting" the bargaining process by imposing contract terms on workers.

At UCLA, hundreds of employees convened together on campus Monday, attired in green union shirts with the slogan "We run UC" inscribed in bold yellow letters, in a show of unity as they carried signs that called for diversification, equal pay and respect.

University officials say students and campuses could expect some inconveniences.

The university said it has compensated its employees at or above the market but can not justify the 6 percent wage hike called for by the union.

The union is asking for a multi-year contract with annual wage increases of 6% with no increases in monthly healthcare premiums and a continued retirement age of 60 for full pension benefits.

The two sides are bitterly divided on whether or not UC is systematically trying to outsource service jobs. We work with them, nurses can't do our jobs without them. They are legally required to notify their employers 10 days before a strike to provide enough time to bring in temporary replacements so that patients who critically need professional medical attention don't go without care.

The university campuses had plans in place to deal with the loss of workers, such as rescheduling some procedures, closing hospital cafeterias, and hiring contract workers to fill in during the strike.

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