Upset at a lack of contracts that they say directly effects patient care, members of three different unions held signs and chanted outside UC Davis Medical Center in Sacramento Thursday Morning.
“We haven’t had a contract in eight months, and now full-time employees are being replaced by less qualified part-time workers and it’s been going down hill,” said Radiologist Karl Thurmond, one of about 30 protestors that included medical and labor staff.
Similar protests took place at all ten UC campuses and the five Medical Centers during the day.
Along with cut backs, UC staff are upset about proposed pension reform.
“UC would still pay the same for both tiers, but employees would pay more in the second tier,” said Jason Rosenbury with UPTE, the union that represents some UC employees.
Another round of negotiations between UC officials and unions took place again Thursday, but Rosenbury says he doesn’t expect an outcome anytime soon.
“We keep talking, and we will do what we can to not strike, but it could happen sometime this year if need be.”