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University Of California’s Largest Union Plans Action To Protest Wage Proposal

The AFSCME Local 3299 logo is shown in this undated image.

Credit: AFSCME Local 3299

Above: The AFSCME Local 3299 logo is shown in this undated image.

A protest at Thornton Hospital is among the actions planned across the state Thursday by the University of California's largest union to push back against proposals they say disproportionately hurt low-wage workers of color.

AFSCME Local 3299 plans to rally at the UC San Diego hospital at noon. Among the issues they're raising are pay raises for high-ranking leaders, severance pay for chancellors and tuition hikes, the union said.

Photo by KPBS Staff

Supporters of the AFSCME Local 3299 gather for a photo at the Museum of Man in Balboa Park during the March Against Hate, Aug. 27, 2017.

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The UC Board of Regents is slated to consider a system-wide 2.5 percent tuition hike in May. Students were hit with a 2.7 percent increase last year.

The union represents over 24,000 service, medical and administrative employees at the UC campuses, clinics and research laboratories, according to the union.

Protests are also planned in Berkeley, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, Santa Barbara and San Francisco.

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