U of California patient care workers to strike April 10

University of California service and patient care workers will strike April 10 in protest of what they call interference and intimidation by the school.

In an unfair labor practice charge filed March 26 with the California Public Employment Relations Board, workers claim the university has illegally intimidated workers who've gone on strike to protest outsourcing and income inequality.

"Through its actions, the University of California has created a hostile work environment that undermines workers' ability to exercise their rights and voice concerns in the workplace," said AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger.

The strike announcement comes a week after university professional and technical employees walked off the job March 20. Members of AFSCME Local 3299 joined that strike in sympathy.

The April 10 strike will take place across the university's 10 campuses and five medical centers. 

Claire Doan, director of media relations with the university's office of the president, called the news "unfortunate."

"AFSCME leaders' alleged reasons for demonstrating are stacking up as quickly as the number of strikes they're amassing," she said in a statement to Becker's. "This will be the fourth systemwide strike in less than a year — it's abundantly clear union leaders have little regard for the negative impact on the patients, students and communities that UC serves."


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