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Demonstrators parade in front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
Demonstrators parade in front of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

This week, thousands of UC employees are staging a three-day strike for better pay and working conditions.

On Monday, more than 20,000 custodians, cooks, lab technicians, nurse aides and other members of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 3299 walked off their jobs. By Tuesday, two more unions joined in sympathy strikes.

The union and UC reached a bargaining impasse last year. The university has said it won’t meet the workers’ demands.

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Fong Chuu is a registered nurse who has assisted with countless liver transplants, kidney surgeries and gastric bypasses during 34 years at UCLA.

Working with her are scrub technicians who sterilize equipment, hand medical instruments to the surgeon and dress patient wounds.

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Striking workers march past Royce Hall at UCLA.
Striking workers march past Royce Hall at UCLA. (Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Southern California:

Defense lawyers in civil cases in Torrance and other school districts are trying to work around a law that prevents those accused of sexual misconduct from claiming that young victims willingly participated in relationships.

L.A. Unified is promoting Teacher Appreciation Week.

A massive labor strike across the University of California on Monday forced medical centers to reschedule more than 12,000 surgeries, cancer treatments and appointments, and campuses to cancel some classes and limit dining services.

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Sen. Kamala Harris
Sen. Kamala Harris (Chris Dekmas)

California Sen. Kamala Harris has canceled plans to deliver UC Berkeley’s commencement address this weekend in support of UC workers who are on strike over wages and health benefits.

“Due to the ongoing labor dispute, Sen. Harris regretfully cannot attend and speak at this year’s commencement ceremony at UC Berkeley,” said a statement from Harris’ office issued Monday. “She wishes the graduates and their families a joyous commencement weekend and success for the future. They are bright young leaders and our country is counting on them.”

UC’s largest employee union, the 25,000-member American Federation of County, State and Municipal Employees Local 3299, launched a three-day strike Monday and had earlier called for a speakers’ boycott. 

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A portion of a mural depicting President Trump's severed head on a spear has been covered up at MAAC Community Charter School.
A portion of a mural depicting President Trump's severed head on a spear has been covered up at MAAC Community Charter School. (John Gibbins)

In and around Los Angeles:

A union representing L.A. Unified support workers is planning a weeklong strike.

In California:

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo officials have asked the state attorney general’s office to investigate after a new photo of a white student in blackface surfaced on a fraternity group’s private Snapchat.

A Chula Vista school mural that depicts the bloody, severed head of President Trump on a spear sparked a controversy that prompted officials to cover it and issue a response distancing themselves from the work.

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More than 50,000 workers across the University of California are set to strike this week, causing potential disruptions to surgery schedules, food preparation and campus maintenance.

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New L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner talks to students at Belmont High School.
New L.A. schools Supt. Austin Beutner talks to students at Belmont High School. (Al Seib / Los Angeles Times)

In and around Los Angeles:

Austin Beutner made his first school visit as superintendent of L.A. Unified.

Teachers at three charter schools operated by the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools network submitted paperwork to form a union and begin bargaining collectively.