The Latest: University of California workers start strike

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<pThe Latest on a strike by thousands of University of California workers(all times local):

<p7:30 a.m.

<pMore than 15,000 University of California radiology technicians, pharmacists and other medical workers have started a three-day strike to protest outsourcing and demand higher wages.

<pStrikers gathered at sunrise Tuesday throughout the state, wearing green t-shirts, ringing bells and carrying signs that say "End Outsourcing."

<pThe walkout does not include nurses. It is targeting five UC hospitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Irvine and Davis, along with clinics, campuses and research facilities.

<pThe strike was called by AFSCME Local 3299, which represents 25,000 service workers, after the union and the university couldn't agree on a new contract and mediation efforts failed.

<pThe same issue prompted a three-day walkout by 53,000 UC workers last May, including custodians and cafeteria workers. Nurses and other medical workers walked out then in sympathy.

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<p12:00 a.m.

<pThousands of University of California medical workers are walking off the job in a contract dispute that has prompted the rescheduling of surgeries and thousands of outpatient appointments.

<pThe three-day strike that begins Tuesday targets five UC hospitals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Irvine and Davis, along with clinics, campuses and research facilities.

<pThe union says 15,000 radiology technicians, pharmacists and other workers — but not nurses — are striking. About 24,000 other workers, including truck drivers and cooks, are walking in sympathy.

<pA similar strike in May brought out 53,000 strikers.

<pHospitals have hired hundreds of temporary replacements and rescheduled appointments. The UC San Francisco hospital also has rescheduled nearly 240 surgeries.

<pThe main issue is outsourcing. The union says its workers are being displaced by low-paid contractors.