Nov 20, 2013 6:49 PM by Lindsay MacLeod, KSBY News

AFSCME union members at UCSB participate in strike

Members of the University of California's largest union, AFSCME Local 3299, went on strike Wednesday.

The strike covered nine campuses and all UC Medical Centers. Here on the Central Coast, union members at UCSB participated in the strike.

According to Dale Howard, an AFSCME Spokesperson, the strike stems from a coordinated campaign of illegal intimidation and harassment from UC administrators against service and patient care workers that happened during a two-day UC Hospital strike back in May. Howard says workers who have spoken out against safety problems in UC facilities have been intimidated and threatened by supervisors for speaking out. According to Howard, injury rates among those workers have increased 20% since 2009.

AFSCME represents service workers, including groundskeepers, equipment operators, and maintenance workers.

The strike at UCSB was held at Storke Plaza. At noon, there was a rally featuring Santa Barbara City Councilwoman Cathy Murillo.

AFSCME members started picketing at 6 a.m. Wednesday and planned to picket until 7 p.m.



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