OAKLAND -- Thousands of University of California patient care workers have voted to go on strike for the second time in five months.
The 21,000 members of the American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 voted Friday to strike for 24 hours on Nov. 20. AFSCME says management has attempted to illegally threaten members -- who include nurses, X-ray and surgical technicians and others. The union also accuses managers of dangerous cost-cutting and staffing practices that put patients at risk. Workers previously went on strike in May.
Dwaine Duckett, UC's vice president for human resources, said in a statement that the university has been flexible on wages, pensions and benefits. He also said UC had absorbed millions in state cuts and must be fiscally prudent.