A labor strike at the University of California Monday caused medical centers to reschedule more than 12,000 surgeries, cancer treatments and appointments.
Twenty-thousand members of the school’s largest employee union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, staged a walk out and plan to strike for three days, according to The Los Angeles Times. Workers wore green union T-shirts and carried signs reading “We run UC.”
The union’s spokesman John de los Angeles said the point of the strike was to highlight inequality and he believes the workers have sent a “clear message” to the school’s administration.
“The strong showing sent a clear message to administrators that our workers are very concerned about inequity and they’re willing to be on the picket line until UC comes up with a proposal to address their concerns,” he told The LA Times.
“Unfortunately, the only thing union leaders accomplished today is hurt the care we provide our patients and the services for our students,” UC spokeswoman Claire Doan said in an email to the LA Times Monday. “It will do nothing to change UC’s position on AFSCME’s unreasonable demands for excessive raises and benefits.”
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