Business & Economy

Hundreds of workers to strike UCLA over labor dispute

File: UCLA students walk past Pauley Pavilion two days after a broken water main flooded the newly renovated sports arena and other parts of campus.
File: UCLA students walk past Pauley Pavilion two days after a broken water main flooded the newly renovated sports arena and other parts of campus.
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About 600 plumbers, electricians and other workers plan to strike UCLA over what their union calls unfair and illegal labor practices as it negotiates a new contract.

Teamsters Local 2010 says a five-day walkout will begin at midnight Friday. The union says it could disrupt operations at the UCLA campus, its medical centers in Los Angeles and Santa Monica, and Saturday's men's basketball game against Stanford.

However, UCLA says it's developed plans to keep the campus and the medical facilities fully operational. It also contends the strike is unlawful.

The walkout will be followed on Tuesday by a one-day strike against the entire University of California system and UC hospitals by thousands of clerical and administrative support workers.

The Teamsters are negotiating contracts for both types of employees.

This story has been updated.