University of California Employees Plan Protest

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A judge has granted an injunction that will keep some University of California hospital employees from participating in a planned strike at UC's five medical centers.

Sacramento County Superior Court Judge issued the injunction on Tuesday in response to a request from the state labor board.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299, has called for a one-day strike on Wednesday. The union represents 21,000 UC patient care and service employees, including radiation therapists and MRI technicians.

The union called the strike in response to what it said was intimidation by UC management of employees who participated in a two-day walkout in May.

UC Santa Barbara employees plan to meet at the entrance to the campus at 6 a.m. Wednesday. Union representatives said they will then march to Stroke Plaza for a noon rally with Assembly member Das Williams.

Union officials said they had agreed to exempt 50 critical care workers from the strike, and the judge's injunction is consistent with that plan.

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