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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.

CVS-Aetna Merger Clears Crucial Hurdle With Justice Department Approval

The deal is one of several in recent years that has consolidated power among health care companies. Critics worry that the mergers will mean fewer choices and higher health care costs for consumers. “The combination of CVS and Aetna creates an enormous market force that we haven’t seen before,” said George Slover, a senior policy counsel for Consumers Union. CVS still needs to get approvals from several states.