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Sat May 24 2008 (Updated 05/29/08) Strike Could Begin at UC Hospitals and Campuses as soon as June 4th
20,000 University of California Workers Vote to STRIKE June 4th and 5th University of California patient care and service staff announced the results of a statewide strike vote that took place between May 17th and May 22nd. Results were tabulated at midnight on May 22nd, and an overwhelming majority of voters (96.9% of Patient Care staff and 97.5% of Service staff) voted to authorize the strike. The workers gave UC Executives notice that a strike could begin as soon as June 4th for the 20,000 workers at the University's five hospital/ten campus system. However, the workers, who have been negotiating in good faith since August, still hold hope that a strike can be averted.

"I'm striking for my family. It's a shame that I work at a world-renowned University but they aren't paying me enough to support my family, said Rosario Cortes, Senior Custodian at UCSC, "UC has a responsibility to our communities to provide good jobs, starting by agreeing to a minimum wage that would lift many of us out of poverty."

imc_audio.gifimc_photo.gifAudio and Photos from UCSC | imc_pdf.gifHow UC’s Low Wages Affect Surrounding Communities | AFSCME on Strike: Support Service and Patient Care Workers! | Know your enemy: About the UC executives | A Message for TAs, RAs, and Other Grads: Support UC Service Workers! | imc_video.gifEstamos Aquí: Workers Strike Back at UCSC (April 14, 2005)

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