Medical center workers need cost-of-living increases

Published: Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 - 7:11 am

Re "Medical center workers join in strike" (Capitol and California, Nov. 21): I am a security officer with the service unit at the UC Davis Medical Center. I have been employed at UC Davis for 16 years and have witness an erosion of health care benefits, starting pay, and wage increases for the service and patient care workers. These jobs include custodial, parking, food service, security and patient transport positions. All of these job titles are low-wage jobs that pay $30,000 to $40,000 a year. I am appalled that the UC system keeps demanding that the service and patient care workers contribute to their health care pensions, without providing the workers with a substantial wage increase to help them keep pace with increases in the cost of living.

-- Anthony D. Jordan, Sacramento

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