Tens of thousands of service workers, nurses and technical workers at the University of California plan to go on strike on Monday for three days to fight against growing income disparity at the school, their unions said. The strike could cause a major slow down at the school’s hospitals this week.

The labor action includes three unions in the university system — which altogether represent approximately 53,000 employees — but the movement is led by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 3299. That union works on behalf of service workers who operate as security guards, custodians, truck drivers, gardeners as well as technical workers such as respiratory therapists, nursing aides, surgical technicians and more.

Image: Several hundred University of California medical workers and their supporters picket the UC Davis Medical Center
Several hundred University of California medical workers and their supporters picket the UC Davis Medical Center over a contract dispute in Sacramento, California on May 21, 2013. Rich Pedroncelli / AP file

“The big picture here is that there’s growing inequality at the University of California, and we’re going out because they have not even attempted to address it,” AFSCME Local 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger told NBC News.

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