Tuesday, May 21, 2013

UC (& UCLA) hospital 2-day strike to go ahead this morning with court-orded exceptions

A Sacramento judge Monday refused to stop a strike today by thousands of employees at...  UC hospitals – but ordered a limited number of critical care employees to stay on the job.  The union for nearly 13,000 workers, including nursing assistants, pharmacists, medical technicians, operating room scrubs and other health care workers, was to begin a two-day strike at 4 a.m. today (Tuesday, May 21). The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees announced the walkout of workers at the UC Davis Health System and University of California hospitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and Irvine. The union, which is resisting demands for increases in employee pension contributions, claims the strike is about hospital staffing that has been reduced to dangerous levels. UC officials say the walkout is over an intractable contract dispute over wages and benefits...
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UPDATE: Below is a not-very-good cellphone photo of the strike today:

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