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UC workers strike continues into second day

UC workers strike continues into second day

The AFSCME Local 3299 states that the strike comes after stalled contract negotiations lasting more than a year, and after new research revealed increasingly unequal treatment of low-wage women and people of color working for the University of California.

The numbers were significantly more robust than they were Monday, when only service workers walked out, and the infusion of more sign-wielding university employees seemed to energize not just those who marched, but also passing drivers who slowed their cars and trucks, honking their horns in support.

At this time, all university activities, including classes and medical center operations, are going on as scheduled, with no interruption of service.

Harris says she wishes the estimated 5,800 students "success for the future". "They are bright young leaders, and our country is counting on them".

In light of the impasse in contract talks, the university system last month imposed contract terms on the union for the 2017-18 fiscal year, including 2 percent pay increases.

Hilario Aguirre said he has worked at UC Davis for nearly six years. "We can't carve out an exemption".

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Moises Garcia, Oakland resident and member of the Teamsters Local 853 union, said more than 25 Teamsters members attended the AFSCME Local 3299 strike to show solidarity with UC workers. The union spokesman said "workers are prepared to cross the picket line and respond to any emergency situation". The strike will only intensify on Tuesday and Wednesday as the University Professional and Technical Employees and California Nurses Association strike in sympathy with the workers.

- Thousands of custodians, security guards, gardeners and other service workers at University of California campuses will be picketing for a second consecutive day on Tuesday to address what they say are pay inequalities and they are demanding higher wages.

"This injunction obtained by PERB reflects the UC's ongoing efforts to limit disruptions on our campuses and medical centers and to ensure our patients get the care they need and our students the service they deserve", said UC spokesperson Stephanie Beechem. UCSF officials on Sunday rescheduled 12,140 patients in cancer, radiology and other clinical practices.

Portable toilets had not been delivered to the picket line by noon Monday, and strikers were not allowed to use the bathrooms at Shriner's Hospitals for Children and the medical center, said Beverly Navarrette, a surgical technologist at the Children's Surgery Center.

"What we're out here striking for is to raise the issue of inequality in the university", said Liz Perlman, executive director of AFSCME 3299. "The next few days will be disruptive to our patients and their families, as well as for our staff and caregivers, and our broader community".

"While we value the contributions of all employees and respect their rights, we are committed to maintaining access to our hospitals and clinics", said Johnese Spisso, president of UCLA Health, and Dr. Kelsey Martin, dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, in the statement. While they work to maintain the campus, according to Wiesman, they are not paid enough and spend more time at work than they do at home.


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