Morning Lookout: Santa Cruz city workers looking for new contract; UCSC to provide abortion pills
Happy Monday, everyone,
We’re officially beyond the halfway mark in July and one week shy from a month into the official summer season — a month and a half if you count from Memorial Day, as many of us do. The sunny/cloudy mix we’re accustomed to at this time of year is expected to continue into this week, with temps in the mid to high 70s across much of the county.
Today, we take a look at the latest updates from contract negotiations between the city of Santa Cruz and its SEIU union workers. Also on the news budget: All CSU and UC campuses, including UCSC, will begin providing abortion pills at the start of 2023, mandated by a new state law.
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Time for today’s headlines ...
Tough bargaining: Unionized Santa Cruz city workers face difficulties of affordability, inflation, budgets
Five months into contract negotiations, the city’s trash collectors, water treatment worker and park maintenance people, among many others, aim for a new contract amid spiraling affordability issues. Are they as far apart as they seem? Might there be a strike? Max has the details here.
➤ PREVIOUSLY AT THE COUNTY LEVEL: County workers protest working conditions, say they are on the edge of a strike
As California prepares for Roe refugees, UCSC, and all UC and CSU campuses, will provide abortion pills
Under a new state law, all UC and Cal State campuses will start providing medication abortion beginning Jan. 1. In the aftermath of the Supreme Court’s decision overturning Roe v. Wade, opening up abortion appointments on university campuses could ease pressure on local clinics, which will likely see an influx of out-of-state patients. Hillary and CalMatters with the update.
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