Sunday, November 6, 2016

Planned strike seems to correspond with Regents meeting

The LA Times reports that skilled trades workers at UCLA plan to strike for a day on Nov. 16 and at UC-San Diego Nov. 17. The Regents are meeting on those two dates, although the Times' article doesn't draw that connection.

Members of a union representing nearly 600 skilled-trades workers at UCLA have voted to strike this month, but university officials say no service disruptions are anticipated.  
Officials with Teamsters Local 2010, which represents electricians, plumbers, carpenters, service engineers, elevator mechanics and others at UCLA and UC San Diego, are advising the public to avoid the Westwood campus on Nov. 16 and reschedule nonessential medical appointments that day.
About 200 skilled-trades workers at UC San Diego plan to strike the next day.
“The strike will have a big impact on operations, because these are workers who make all of the systems function safely,” Jason Rabinowitz, Local 2010 secretary-treasurer, said Friday. “We’ve urged the university to take appropriate steps to make sure patient and student safety is protected.”
UCLA spokeswoman Kathryn Kranhold said the campus and medical center would remain open that day. In a statement, she said UCLA Health had developed a contingency plan to ensure that all hospitals and patient-care facilities remain “fully operational” during normal business hours...

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