Over 20,000 Hospital Workers to Go on Strike

By Sahid Fawaz

Workers at the University of California system are walking out in May.

The Sacramento Bee reports:

“The union representing 24,000 patient-care and service workers at University of California hospitals and college campuses announced Thursday that its members will go on strike May 7-9 over what they describe as gross inequity in pay and concerns about the system’s increasing reliance upon contract workers for work traditionally performed by its members.

More than 4,500 of the 24,000 AFSCME members work at the UC Davis campus and medical center.

‘We are really fighting to right the ship and make UC a much more equitable place,’ said Kathryn Lybarger, president of AFSCME 3299. ‘The concerns we have that the top-level executives at UC have seen 64percent growth in their incomes over the last 10 years, and actually there is a greater gap between their income and that of front-line workers.'”

For the rest of the story, visit the Sacramento Bee here.

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