Business Journal: UC Tries To Block Strike

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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
The University of California hopes to stop a looming strike led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299. The UC system has asked the Public Employees Relations Board for a temporary restraining order against the union to stop 19,000 workers from striking June 4 and 5. The union represents more than 3,500 patient care and service workers at UC Davis and the UC medical center in Sacramento. The action comes after months of negotiations for new labor contracts. The central issue is pay. The union says UC wages have fallen behind other hospitals and university colleges. The last offer the system proposed included almost $25 million in wage increases in the first year of the contracts. The union rejected the offer on May 22.