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UC Hospital Workers Plan 2-Day Walkout

LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — Thousands of patient healthcare workers were expected to participate in a strike starting Tuesday at all five University of California medical centers.

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UC Irvine Medical Center is among five hospitals where workers plan to strike.

Nearly 13,000 patient care workers planned to walk off the job for two days starting at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Several thousand others could honor their picket lines.

The strike was planned for all five UC medical centers: in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, Davis and San Francisco.

The workers are covered by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal employees. They include vocational nurses, respiratory therapists and pharmacy technicians.

UC management has requested a temporary restraining order limiting the number of workers who can take part in the walkout.

UC officials said their focus was on workers considered essential for patient care.

A judge in Sacramento County Superior Court was expected to rule on that request on Monday.

Meantime, UC medical centers were canceling some elective surgeries in preparation for the strike, officials said.

The union and UC officials have been in contract negotiations since June, but disagree on issues including pay, staffing levels and workers’ contributions toward pension plans.

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