University of California hospital workers stage 1-day strike

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University of California hospital employees picketed Wednesday at medical centers across the state in response to what union leaders called intimidation and harassment from management against workers who took part in a two-day walkout in May.

Local 3299 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees launched the one-day strike at university system hospitals in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Davis, Irvine and San Diego. The union represents more than 21,000 UC patient care and service employees.

Hospital workers who walked off the job included radiation therapists, MRI technicians and pharmacy technicians.

A hospital system spokeswoman says the affected medical centers have contingency plans to ensure that patients get the care they need.

On Tuesday, a judge granted an injunction that kept about 50 critical care workers from participating.

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