Thursday, February 20, 2014

UC Faces A Five Day Strike In March?

see LA Times: Union Calls For Five-Day Strike Next Month At UC

Unless a contract with UC is settled before March 3, AFSCME Local 3299 said its 8,300 food workers, custodians, gardeners and other service workers at UC’s 10 campuses and five medical centers would walk out for those five days next month. The union’s 13,000 patient care technical workers, such as respiratory therapists, would strike in sympathy, according to a union statement issued Thursday.

Daily Cal: Service and patient-care worker union announce 5-day strike "Previously, Klein said calling a strike would cost the university enough money to put the offer in jeopardy.

The university expects the coming strike to cost $10 million a day, a total of $50 million, according to Klein. This estimate is based on AFSCME’s previous one- and two-day strikes in May and November of last year, which Klein said cost the university a total of $30 million.

“The distance that separates the university and the service unit is much less than the cost of a strike,” Stenhouse said. “The ball is in the university’s court.”

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