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The University of California is at war with its largest union. November’s one-day strike, with picket lines at 10 UC campuses and five university hospitals across the state, was the sixth such angry walkout in the three years. @margotroosevelt reports:  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-01/university-of-california-outsources-jobs 

The issue is outsourcing: the sprawling university system’s use of workers from temporary help agencies and staffing firms to fill low- and middle-wage service and healthcare jobs.  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-01/university-of-california-outsources-jobs 

UC spends some $523 million a year on outside contracts for an estimated 10,000 parking attendants, security guards, custodians, cafeteria workers, and patient-care technicians among dozens of occupations normally represented by the union.  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-01/university-of-california-outsources-jobs 

University officials say contractors give them flexibility to meet complex hiring needs. It also saves money at a time when the UC complex, with a $37.2-billion annual budget, is trying to curb tuition hikes and expand the student body.  https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2019-12-01/university-of-california-outsources-jobs 

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