University of California President Mark Yudof said patients at the university’s medical centers will be at risk if thousands of union workers make good on their plans to strike.

Mark Yudof (University of California)
Mark Yudof (University of California)

Last week, unions announced that their members had overwhelmingly approved a strike. Both sides are debating a contract, including pension benefits.

A strike could be devastating, Yudof said during a meeting of the UC Board of Regents in Sacramento on Wednesday morning. “It would endanger patient safety,” he said. “It would cost the university itself $10 million a day. And of course it would cost the employees money, those who participated.”

A strike would affect UC’s medical centers and campus clinics.

A union rep said the current pension program enriches top executives at the expense of front-line workers. Yudof said the benefits of current employees will not be touched.

UC President Warns of Havoc if Medical Workers Strike 15 May,2013KQED News Staff

  • I just heard quotes from Yudof presser wherein he was threatening an injunction against the AFSCME patient care unit strike and claiming patient care would suffer. That’s AFSCME’s argument, patient care has been suffering for years. He is trying to use jujitsu to steal the argument.

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