BERKELEY

Strike employee hurt: Berkeley police in riot gear were on the scene of a picket by striking steel mill workers Tuesday who were discouraging truck deliveries to a warehouse used by the mill on Camelia Street.

About 100 employees of Pacific Steel Casting joined the picket Tuesday where a pregnant female employee was injured when the crowd was being pushed back by officers, police said.

The employee was taken to a Kaiser hospital in Richmond. On Monday one employee was arrested for trespassing, said Carlos Costa, a spokesman for the union representing workers at the mill, the Glass Molders and Pottery Local 164.

The union went on strike Monday, mainly over a new contract which included a $6,000 deductible for health care coverage, Costa said. That was an increase from last year's contract in which workers had a $1,500 deductible, he said. The workers, who make from $17 to $19 an hour, pay no monthly premium for health care out of their paychecks, he said.

Costa said the workers' contract expired March 20 and he hopes to have a meeting with the company on Wednesday to negotiate a better contract.

Company spokeswoman Elisabeth Jewel declined to comment.

Doug Oakley covers Berkeley. Contact him at 510-843-1408. Follow him at Twitter.com/douglasoakley.