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May 21, 2013 11:48 AM by Associated Press

UC hospitals say patients safe despite strike

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Both sides say a two-day strike by several thousand University of California medical workers hasn't affected patient safety.

Union and hospital representatives say elective surgeries were postponed and temporary workers brought in to handle duties of pharmacists, radiation therapists and others who walked out at 4 a.m. Tuesday.

Nurses are not involved in the strike at UC hospitals and medical facilities around the state.

The union says it's striking over dangerously low staffing levels while UC officials say the issue is a reduced-benefit pension offer.

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