University of California workers vote to strike

By John Hrabe | Cal Watchdog

More than 21,000 workers at the University of California have voted to go on strike. An overwhelming 96 percent of the university’s service workers and patient care employees approved the strike authorization after three days of voting, union officials announced Friday.

The UC’s food workers, custodians, respiratory therapists and other service workers say they’ll continue to negotiate but want a settlement that includes fair wages and safe staffing levels.

“Our members seek a fair settlement, and this vote makes it clear that UC’s final offer fails to meet that standard,” said UC service worker and AFSCME 3299 bargaining team member Jose Mendez. “The ball is now in UC’s court. We hope they will change course and finally choose to work towards an agreement that addresses our core issues and honors our contributions to the university. If not, our members are prepared to strike.”

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