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UC Berkeley Janitors, Parking Attendants, Cooks, and Bus Drivers Strike

If you find you parked your car in the wrong place at UC Berkeley today, this may be the day you're in the clear. Workers went on strike represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees union Local 3299, and are being joined by lab techs.

The story reported in the SF Chronicle only refers to a judge's order that was violated not to strike, but it does not refer to the reasons why they did. Sloppy.

This story from San Diego's Channel 10 does:

UCSD Medical Center custodian Angie Mendoza said union members have been working without a contract since Jan. 31, and have been unsuccessfully negotiating a new contract since last Aug. 31.

The union had a one-day strike three years ago, Mendoza said. "It helped a lot," she said.
According to union spokesman William Schlitz, demands include a livable wage of at least $15 per hour, a "step pay" system that includes an annual compensation increase, and protection for benefits like health care and pensions.
Mendoza, a 46-year-old from Chula Vista, said that she's making $15.19 per hour after 19 years of work for the university system.

Stay tuned.
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