WIN Week In Review May 30-June 1, 2008
By Doug Cunningham
Twenty thousand workers at ten University of California campuses and hospitals could strike as soon as June 4th. Many of the workers are in poverty and qualify for public assistance. The workers want better wages and benefits and they’ve been negotiating with UC for ten months. Lakesha Harrison is President of AFSCME Local 3299.
[Harrison]: “This whole fight is not about resources, it’s about priorities. UC has the money to do what’s right by the workers and they refuse to do it. If UC really values the workers and the workforce and the patient care folks they need to pay a wage that’ll help sustain that workforce and pay the wage that needs to be paid – which is at least 25 percent more than what they pay now.”