Patient-Care Technical Workers Announce Strike After Deadlocking In Contract Negotiations With University Of California
AFSCME employees are compensated at or above market wages, sometimes as much as 17 percent higher than prevailing wages for workers in the same occupations, UC leaders said. But the union's vice president said the University’s efforts to outsource jobs to contracting companies that pay workers less with little to no benefits is driving inequality in the workplace.
California Health Care Workers Authorize Strike
AFSCME Local 3299 announced Thursday morning that the 15,000 patient-care technical workers in its ranks voted to authorize a strike against the University of California after reaching a deadlock in labor contract negotiations. The strike vote received approval from 96 percent of AFSCME 3299 members, AFSCME leaders said, and the patient-care workers will be joined on the picket line by 9,000 employees in AFSCME’s service unit and 15,000 members of the UPTE-CWA union, who voted to join in solidarity. (Anderson, 10/11)