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.
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.
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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