University of California medical workers approve contract 

University of California patient-care technical workers have ratified a new four-year contract with 99 percent approval.

The 13,0000 workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 had threatened to go on strike for five days beginning March 24, but they called off the strike when they reached a tentative agreement with the university last week.

The walkout would have affected all five UC hospitals — San Francisco, Davis, Irvine, Los Angeles and San Diego.

Patient-care technical workers include pharmacy technicians; respiratory therapists; radiation therapists who treat cancer patients; and those who operate equipment for X-rays, MRIs, ultrasounds and CT scans.

The new contract includes wage increases, staffing protections, and changes to health care and pension benefits.

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