A threatened, five-day strike this week by thousands of workers at all five University of California medical centers was averted as the UC and Oakland-based American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 reached a tentative contract agreement over the weekend.
The five-day strike, which was scheduled to begin Monday, was authorized by a vote of the 13,000 patient care technical workers represented by AFSCME 3299, said the union said. It represents workers at UC Davis Medical Center and the UC centers of San Francisco, Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego.
The union said a ratification vote is scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday this week, following marathon bargaining sessions that led to the strikes cancellation.
The four-year agreement includes wage increases, secure benefits and staffing protections, according to the union. It also said UC also withdrew a proposal for what the union characterized as expanded emergency layoff powers. Talks preceding the tentative agreement had dragged on nearly two years.
There was true compromise by both sides to reach this agreement, said Dwaine Duckett, UC vice president for human resources, in a statement. This ends nearly two years of very challenging negotiations and serves as a foundation for UC and AFSCME to build on going forward.
AFSCME 3299 bills itself as the UC systems largest union, representing more than 22,000 service and patient care technical workers at 10 campuses, five medical centers, clinics and research laboratories.
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