After more than a year of bargaining and a two-day strike, the University of California and its 15,000 hospital workers are still looking at deadlocked contract talks.
The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 says it's prepared to make concessions on pensions, including higher contributions from all workers and later retirement ages for future hires.
But the union wants UC to hire more hospital employees and cap high-end pensions.
"This is a well-reasoned, good-faith compromise," said Local 3299 spokesman Todd Stenhouse, "and they refused to move."
The UC system counters that the union didn't make a formal written proposal and that, regardless, the deal would still be more generous than what other UC employees receive.
UC spokeswoman Dianne Klein also rejected AFSCME's claim that UC hospitals are understaffed and unsafe.
Klein noted in an email to The Bee that staffing levels at the five facilities each rose between 6 percent (UC San Diego) and 21 percent (UCLA) over the past five years.
"If, in fact, we had dangerously low staffing levels as AFSCME claims we would not be operating," Klein said.
ON THE MOVE
Attorney General Kamala Harris' communications director, Gil Duran, has resigned less than six months after leaving Gov. Jerry Brown's administration to work for her. Duran said in an email that he is in Europe: "After a decade working for some of the most amazing leaders in California politics, it's time to try something new. I'll probably do some consulting and write a book," but not about politics.
"Decades ago Texas just said, 'To heck with it, we have to do what the court says.' "
JAMES W. MARQUART, a former Texas prison official, telling the New York Times that when the Lone Star State faced similar federal lawsuits over its prisons, it "made the changes and got on with it."