SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — University of California medical center workers in San Francisco and several other cities statewide began a two-day strike Tuesday.
The strike, organized by the union American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, started early this morning at medical facilities at UC San Francisco, UC Davis, UCLA, UC Irvine and UC San Diego, union officials said.
“The strike’s going amazing,” AFSCME Local 3299 spokesman Tedd Stenhouse said. “We have thousands of people out over the state, standing up for their patients.”
Stenhouse said the medical centers are “chronically understaffed” while UC officials spend more money on new buildings and executive pay.
“This is about patient care, about safe staffing and UC getting its priorities straight,” he said. “We are not trying to hurt UC, we’re trying to save it.”