UC hospitals face second day of worker walkout

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Workers at University of California hospitals around the state are picketing for a second day over staffing and pension issues.

Hospital pharmacists, nursing assistants, operating room scrubs and other health care workers are observing the 48-hour walkout Wednesday as green-shirted picketers march outside medical centers.

There is no clear count of how many union workers have joined the walkout but a spokesman says the numbers are in the thousands.

The strike will end Thursday.

It prompted the postponement of dozens of surgeries on Tuesday but brought reassurances that patients at facilities in San Diego, Orange, Los Angeles, Santa Monica, San Francisco and Sacramento were safe.

Nurses were not on strike, emergency rooms are open, and about 450 union employees remain in critical jobs under court order.

No major problems are reported.

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