UC hospital workers begin strike May 7: 8 things to know

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UC Berkeley Sociology Professor Michael Burawoy, who expects to join picket lines this week, says some faculty plan to give student-protestors a chance to make up missed exams. It also found wide gaps in gender and racial disparity in management, as well as wage, gender, and racial disparities among workers represented by AFSCME 3299. Educators in West Virginia, Kentucky, Oklahoma and Arizona have all walked out this year over the wage issue. "Instead of joining us in the effort to arrest these trends, UC has insisted on deepening them - leaving workers no option but to strike". The statement said the three-day planned walkouts will be a disruption for students on campus, many of whom have final exams scheduled for this week. The workers span UC's 10 campuses, five medical centers, numerous clinics and research laboratories, according to the union. But the union wants a guarantee from the UC system that those food service, security, and custodial jobs won't be outsourced to an outside company that would pay minimum wage with little to no benefits.

UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and UCSF Health CEO Mark Laret said in a joint letter to the university community, "striking is a serious matter, especially when it directly affects vital public services such as patient care". New employees would be given a choice between a pension or a 401 (K)- style retirement plan.

The strikes are being organized by AFSCME Local 3299, a union representing UC employees.

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Lybarger, however, accused the university of "subverting" the bargaining process by imposing contract terms on workers. The strike will begin at 4 a.m. Monday and end at 4 a.m. Thursday, according to a spokesperson with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees or AFSCME, who said the strike will affect UCSF, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego Medical Centers, as well as the University of California's ten campuses.

"The university can not justify to taxpayers such an excessive raise, no matter how much we appreciate our service workers", she said in an email. The medical employees include respiratory therapists, surgical technicians, and licensed vocational nurses at university hospitals.

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