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8,500 University of California Workers GO OUT ON STRIKE
by AFSCME Local 3299
Monday Jul 14th, 2008 11:50 AM
Picket Lines Go Up at UC Santa Cruz

Picketing Daily, 6am to 8pm, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18
Rallies Daily at 12 noon and 5pm

UCSC Campus Main Entrance, 1156 High St at Bay St
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Allison Sirny-Guevara 831-239-2898

William Schlitz 510-701-0810

For phone interviews with workers, contact Betsy Twitchell, 510-282-2338

8,500 University of California Workers GO OUT ON STRIKE

Picket Lines Go Up at UC Santa Cruz

Statewide walkout to end poverty wages for service workers and their families

California – 8,500 service workers at the University of California’s ten campus/five medical center system will begin strike picketing in the early morning on Monday, July 14 to mark the beginning of statewide walkout. The workers, who do everything from cleaning and disinfecting hospitals and dorm rooms, to providing cafeteria service to patients and students, to ensuring hospitals and campuses are secure, have been negotiating in good faith with UC executives for almost a year. They have remained deadlocked over poverty wages for months.

"It is unfortunate that after almost a year of negotiating, it has come to a strike—but with gas and food prices, our families are in crisis. We cannot wait another month for UC executives to end poverty wages – my family could be homeless by then." – Angela Vasquez at UCSD

UC’s poverty wages are as low as $10/hour. Many are forced to take second jobs or go on public assistance just to meet their families’ basic needs. Skyrocketing gas and food prices has deepened the crisis for UC families that are already living paycheck to paycheck. Typically, service workers live in low income communities farther away from campus, forcing a longer commute and higher fuel costs that use a disproportionate portion of their budget.

Poverty wages not only affect workers and their families, but UC executives are pushing the costs of paying poverty wages onto California taxpayers in a difficult budget year. Roughly 96% are eligible for at least one of the following taxpayer-funded program: food stamps, WIC, public housing subsidies, and subsidized child care.

UC wages are dramatically lower than other hospitals and California’s community colleges, which pay 25% higher wages on average. In addition, UC insist on passing on benefit costs, pushing families deeper into poverty. When workers have stood up for better lives for their families and better working conditions, the University has retaliated by violating labor laws.

In an effort to prevent UC workers from standing up for their families, the University sought to stop the strike by going to court. Friday a judge said that workers could not go on strike unless they had given the University the exact strike dates with enough notice. Since UC was served notice of the planned strike dates on Thursday, workers clearly had met the judge’s requirements and expect to prevail in court. UC’s legal action on the eve of the strike was a clear attempt to shift attention away from its refusal to improve poverty wages.

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299, AFL-CIO represents 20,000

patient care and service workers at UC including licensed vocational nurses, medical techs and assistants, respiratory therapists, custodians, cafeteria workers, and security officers.

2201 Broadway Ave, Suite 315 Oakland, CA 94612, (510) 844-1160, media [at] afscme3299.org

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§statewide picket info
by AFSCME Local 3299 Monday Jul 14th, 2008 11:54 AM
UC Davis:
When Picketing Daily, 7am – 7pm, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Daily at 1:30pm UCD Medical Center & 11:30am UCD Campus
Where UCD Medical Center, Stockton Blvd and ‘X’ St.
UCD Campus, Howard Way and Russell Blvd

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UC San Francisco:
When Picketing Daily, 6am to 6pm, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Daily, 12 noon and 5pm
Where UCSF Medical Center, 505 Parnassus Ave

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UC Berkeley:
When Picketing Daily, 6am to 6pm, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Monday, Wednesday & Friday at 12:30pm
Where Monday & Tuesday: UCB Campus, Bancroft & Telegraph

Wednesday – Friday: UC Office of President, 1111 Franklin St, Oakland

Monday – Thursday: Lawrence Berkeley Lab, Hearst & Gayley

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UC Santa Cruz:
When Picketing Daily, 6am to 8pm, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Daily at 12 noon and 5pm
Where UCSC Campus Main Entrance, 1156 High St at Bay St

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UC Santa Barbara:
When Picketing Daily, 2am to 10pm, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rally, Monday 12 noon
Where UCSB East Gate (Main Entrance), 217 Hwy

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UC Los Angeles:
When Picketing Daily, 6am to 8pm, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Monday & Friday, 12 noon at Ronald Regan Med Center
Where UCLA Ronald Regan Med Ctr, Westwood Blvd & Charles E. Young Dr

UCLA Campus, Deneve Plaza, 351 Charles E. Young Dr.

UCLA Santa Monica Med Center, 15th St and Wilshire Blvd

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UC Irvine:
When Picketing Daily, 8am – 8pm, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Daily at 12 noon and 6pm
Where UCI Medical Center, 101 The City Dr South

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UC Riverside:
When Picketing Daily, 5am – 6pm, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rallies Daily at 12 noon
Where UCR Campus, Canyon Crest Dr & University Ave

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UC San Diego:
When Picketing Daily, 5am to 12 midnight, Monday, July 14 – Friday, July 18

Rally, Monday, July 14, 12 noon, Hillcrest Med Ctr with Lorena Gonzalez, Secretary-treasurer of the San Diego-Imperial Counties Labor Council
Where UCSD Hillcrest Med Center, 200 West Arbor Drive

UCSD Thornton Med Center, 9300 Campus Point Drive, La Jolla

UCSD Campus, Gilman Parking Structure, Villa La Jolla & Gilman Dr.
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