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UCSF patient care workers launch 3-day strike

October 24, 2018

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt

More than 15,000 technical care workers employed at 10 University of California campuses and five medical centers across the state including UCSF launched a three-day strike Tuesday morning.

The strike was called in part to call attention to the university’s practice of outsourcing jobs to contract companies. The outsourcing has resulted in “patterns of inequality” as well as lower wages and “little to no benefits” for contracting works, according to a statement released Tuesday by the university’s employee union, AFSCME Local 3299.

Health care workers represented by the union voted to authorize the strike on Oct. 12 with 95 percent support. On Tuesday morning, more than 100 striking workers and their supporters began picketing outside of University of California at San Francisco’s Parnassus Medical Center, many waving signs that read “Stop outsourcing” and “Inequality hurts patient care.”

Union spokesperson Todd Stenhouse said the strike aims to address several core issues, including “a widening income gap at the university between those at the top and bottom and really the outsourcing that is driving it.”

Citing a state audit last year as evidence that UC “is actively replacing career workers,” Stenhouse said that as many as one in 6 patient care jobs at UCSF are being outsourced.”… (more)

Interesting meaning of the word, strike – Workers strike over a bad deal and Supervisors strike a good deal.

Striking hotel and hospital workers, concerned that their jobs are being outsourced, are striking in San Francisco at multiple sites. Who may strike next? The security guards may be getting stretched a bit thin. City Hall just worked out a deal with their low-paid social care worker. Maybe they should attempt some negotiations on behalf of these strikers.

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