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UC Workers Hold Statewide Marches

Thousands of UC hospital and campus employees concerned about quality at UC launched a series of statewide marches on Thursday, May 20 to demand meetings with top UC officials.

Workers at each campus and their supporters confronted UC executives, demanding immediate action to protect quality and service at America’s premier public university system and its academic medical centers from budget cuts and managements’ misplaced priorities.

Staffing shortages and high turnover rates in radiology and other hospital departments and the increasing use of temporary personnel in the medical centers threaten the quality of patient care at UC medical centers at UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCI and UC Davis. On the campuses, inadequate staffing leads to decreased services for students and at times, to costly overtime pay.

UC Santa Cruz
Noon
Quarry Plaza in front of Baytree Bookstore

Photos: [ 1 - 2 - 3 ]
Audio: Workers Independent News Service (WINS) coverage
Rallies to Protect Quality Care and Service at UC

Workers at each campus and their supporters will confront UC executives, demanding immediate action to protect quality and service at America’s premier public university system and its academic medical centers from budget cuts and managements’ misplaced priorities.

Staffing shortages and high turnover rates in radiology and other hospital departments and the increasing use of temporary personnel in the medical centers threaten the quality of patient care at UC medical centers at UCSF, UCLA, UCSD, UCI and UC Davis. On the campuses, inadequate staffing leads to decreased services for students and at times, to costly overtime pay.

“We lost almost half of the most skilled and experienced employees in our department last year,? said Francine Cobla, a UCLA Medical Center MRI technologist who helps detect early cancer and other diseases. “UC Medical Centers have all the latest hi-tech equipment, but it’s wasted if we don’t have the people to run and maintain it.?

AFSCME Local 3299-represented employees who take care of patients, clean buildings, serve food, and maintain grounds are presenting management with suggestions to protect quality patient care and maintain services. They include the following:

• Reducing costly staffing turnover and boosting retention in problem departments;
• Providing educational and training opportunities for employees at one of the nation’s leading educational institutions, which currently offers little career training and almost no advancement opportunities for the majority of employees;
• Replacing an outdated pay-system that encourages discrimination and favoritism with a transparent system based on objective criteria;
• Reforming UC’s policy of granting big bonuses and hefty raises to a handful of executives, while enrollment is capped, student fees increase, services are cut back and employees get little or no raises.

Site Time Location
UCSF Med Ctr 12 noon Main Hospital, 505 Parnassus
UCSD Med Ctr 11:30 am Hillcrest Medical Center, 400 Arbor Drive
UC Davis Med Ctr 12:10 pm Main Hospital, 2315 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento
UC Irvine Med Ctr 12 noon 101 The City Drive, Orange, breezeway between cafeteria & library
UCLA 3:30 pm De Neve Residence Hall
UC Berkeley 3:45 pm California Hall
UC Riverside 1:30 noon Bell tower
UC Santa Cruz 12 noon In front of Baytree Bookstore at Quarry Plaza
UC Santa Barbara 5/21 4:30 pm Cheadle Hall
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University of California Patient Care and
Service Workers
Fact Sheet

• We are 17,000 workers at UC’s five hospitals and nine campuses:
o We are nursing assistants, radiology technicians and other patient care workers at the hospitals.
o We are the low-wage, mostly immigrant service workers who clean dorms, serve food and maintain grounds on the campuses.

• We are Latino, African-American, Asian (Chinese), Filipino, and Caucasian.

• Hundreds of us (nearly 1,000) earn less than $20,000 per year at UC.
o For example, a food server at UCLA earns $8.32/hr.
o A majority of us (59%) earn less than $30,000 per year.
o We have not received a raise since 10/02.

• The majority of funding for our jobs comes from hospital insurance payments for patient care (59%) and other non-state sources, such as food sales at hospital cafeterias. Only 11% of the funding comes from state funds.

• We contribute to our health care costs. In order to have health benefits which allow us to use the UC hospitals, we pay up to $3,600 a year for full family coverage.

• We are represented by AFSCME (American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Workers) Local 3299

We need chances to advance

• UC provides surprisingly few educational, training and promotional opportunities for us.
o We do not get any paid time off for training
o There are few in-house trainings
o UC does not pay for professional certifications

• UC does not have a policy of hiring from within when qualified staff is available.
o At UC Berkeley, during a 12-month period, 360 positions were posted, but only two were restricted to UC employees.
o During that period, only four UC service workers received a promotion with a pay increase.
o A worker hired today could earn more than a worker with 20 years on the job.

Contacts:
Faith Raider
Spokesperson
AFSCME Local 3299
510-844-1160 x110
415-254-2475 cell
Craig Merrilees,
Director
AFSCME Local 3299
510-844-1160 x117
510-774-5325 cell
 
 


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Re: UC Workers Hold Statewide Marches

Interesting story. Is there an update?
 

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