U.C. Medical Center Labor Strike Averted, Tentative Agreement Reached

Thursday, 27 Feb 2014, 10:45:00 AM

Parimal M. Rohit

A

planned five-day labor strike planned for next week at the University of

California medical centers across the state appears to be put on hold, as service

workers and the health system have reached a tentative agreement, it was

announced Feb. 27.

Members

of the American Federation of State, County, and

Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299 must ratify the agreement. Once

formally approved, the five-day strike – planned for March 3 through 7 – would

officially be canceled.

The tentative four-year agreement would

cover the University of California health system’s 8,300 service workers,

including those at Ronald Reagan-UCLA Medical Center in Westwood and UCLA-Santa

Monica Medical Center in Santa Monica.

Terms of the

deal include a 13.5 percent wage increase – spread out over four years – for

service workers, affordable healthcare benefits for current employees and

retirees, and “safe staffing” protections.

“After more than a year of good faith bargaining,

we have finally reached a historic agreement with UC that will pull thousands

of its full-time employees out of poverty and begin to rectify staffing

practices that needlessly put our members and the people they serve at risk,” University

of California Service Worker and AFSCME 3299 president Kathryn Lybarger stated.

According to

AFSCME Local 3299, the four-year agreement only covers the University of California

service workers. The 13,000 patient care technical workers at the statewide

health system who are represented by the labor union are still bargaining with

the University of California.

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