Strike at UC Medical Center continues


BELIEVE THEY’RE CAUGHT IN THE
MIDDLE. ALEXANDRIA SILVA SPENT MOST OF
HER AFTERNOON VISITING HER BABY
AT U.C. DAVIS MEDICAL CENTER, ON
THE FIRST DAY OF THE UNIVERSITY
OF CALIFORNIA EMPLOYEE STRIKE.>>SOME OF THE TESTING AND
THINGS LIKE THAT WERE HAVING TO
BE PUSHED UP OR DELAYED IN MY
BABY’S CARE. REPORTER: THE HOSPITAL SAYS IT
HAD TO RESCHEDULE 769 PATIENTS,
INCLUDING MORE THAN 100 CANCER
PATIENTS WHO NEEDED SURGERY. HUNDREDS OF EXAMS FOR CHILDREN
AND ADULTS WERE ALSO
RESCHEDULED.>>WE WANT OUR PATIENTS TO KNOW
THAT OPERATIONALLY WE HAVE
PREPARED THOUGHTFULLY. WE HAD 10 DAYS TO DO THIS. REPORTER: THE MAIN STICKING
POINT IS AN ANNUAL WAGE INCREASE
OF 6% FOR MULTIPLE YEARS. THE LAST AUTHOR FROM THE UC
SYSTEM WAS 3% ANNUALLY FOR FOUR
YEARS, WHICH THE UNION REJECTED.>>TODAY IS AN INCONVENIENCE,
ABSOLUTELY, BUT BETTER THIS
TODAY, THAN THE POSSIBLE
CATASTROPHE THAT COMES DOWN THE
ROAD BECAUSE WE DIDN’T STAND UP
TO OUTSOURCING OF THE PEOPLE DOING THE WORK INSID
REPORTER: UNION MEMBERS LIKE
MOHAMMED AKBAR HAVE BEEN WITH
THE MEDICAL CENTER FOR SEVEN
YEARS AND SAYS HE’LL BE SPENDING
THREE DAYS OUTSIDE IN PEACEFUL PROTEST.>>IF SOMEBODY NEEDS HEALTHCARE
OR NEEDS TO GET TO DOCTOR OR THE
ER, WE ARE NOT STOPPING YOU. WE WANT TO KNOW OUR PATIENTS
COME FIRST
REPORTER: HOSPITAL SPOKESMAN
TOBY MARSH SAYS 78% OF THE UNION
STAFF SHOWED UP TODAY.>>WE ARE SUPER PLEASED THAT
TODAY WE WERE ABLE TO DO MORE
THAN WE ANTICIPATED TOADY
BECAUSE STAFF MEMBERS CAME TO
WORK. REPORTER: BUT THIS VISITOR SAYS
IT ISN’T ALL BUSINESS AS USUAL.>>ONE THING THAT WAS GREATLY
IMPACTED WAS THE CAFETERIA USE. IT’S COMPLETELY CLOSED TODAY, SO
WE WEREN’T ABLE TO GET ANYT

3 thoughts on “Strike at UC Medical Center continues

  1. How can you be deemed to care about your patients when you clearly don't care about your employees? Health care implies sympathy. U.C seems to implie greed.

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