In response, their union, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299, called a five-day strike, which began Monday.
Asingle parent living in Riverside County or Orange County needs to earn $24.74 an hour to make ends meet, …(skip)… In a two-parent household, each parent needs to earn at least $17.48 an hour to break even.
But after 10 months of negotiation, $11.50 an hour is the last, best offer the 10-campus University of California …
It’s facing a budget shortfall. Union leaders are quick to point out that only 8% of the UC hospitals’ budgets come from the state, and the campuses, too, are not entirely funded by state money.
Few UC Irvine faculty members know that, according to union sources, the chief executives of all of the UC hospitals but Irvine’s were prepared to offer the patient-care workers $14.50 an hour, which was acceptable to the union. Maureen Zehntner, chief executive of the UC Irvine medical center (salary $555,000 a year), held out for $13.50 an hour, claiming that living costs in Orange County are lower than elsewhere in California.