UC Union Gives Leaders OK To Call Possible Strike at Hospitals, Campuses
Ninety-six percent of the members of AFSCME 3299 -- a union representing 22,000 patient care employees and service workers at University of California campuses and hospitals -- voted in favor of allowing union leaders to authorize a strike if a contract agreement is not reached. Union leaders say reduced staffing levels are creating unsafe conditions for workers and patients, while UC officials say a new pension plan is the sticking point. The strike would affect 10 UC campuses and five hospitals.
- "UC Union Authorizes a Possible Strike at Campuses, Hospitals" (Gordon, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 11/1).