Dr. John Stobo, senior vice president for health sciences and services, made the following statement today (May 23), at the end of a strike at University of California medical centers:
"I wish to thank the thousands of health professionals who put the needs of those we serve first and came to work as scheduled during a two-day strike called by their union. Despite the call from AFSCME and UPTE leaders to walk off their jobs, the vast majority of union workers crossed picket lines to continue providing excellent and compassionate care. These are professionals dedicated to their patients: the adults and children diagnosed with cancer, burn victims, people awaiting transplants and others in need of the specialized, high-level care for which UC medical centers are renown.
"As I said before, this strike was costly to UC. And make no mistake about it — it was extremely disruptive to patient care. But the human costs were minimized by thousands of our employees who put their patients first. They came into work, rolled up their sleeves, and did the right thing. We salute them."
(NOTE: Additional information, including facts about the impacts of a strike, are available at http://atyourservice.ucop.edu/employees/policies_employee_labor_relations/collective_bargaining_units/patientcaretechnical_pct/.)