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Some 18,000 nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike starting Nov. 11, partly over equipment and training standards for the Ebola virus.
The walkout would affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, based in Oakland, California, said Charles Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United. The union’s contract with nonprofit Kaiser expired in August and was extended until October, he said.
18,000 Nurses In California To Strike Over Ebola
Nurses in California went on strike Thursday, some for the second time in three months in the latest dispute between nurses and hospital management over health care costs, staffing levels and sick leave.
The San Francisco Bay area hospitals targeted by the nurses are controlled by Sutter Health. The nurses' contract with Sutter expired about six months ago, and union officials have objected to changes in paid sick leave and health care premiums proposed by Sutter.
In Southern California, nurses at Long Beach Memorial Hospital and adjoining Miller Children's Hospital, which are not controlled by Sutter Health, have raised concerns about staffing levels they say don't allow them to take meal and rest breaks.
"Today's strike is to let Sutter know that we are standing solid in solidarity to fight back their corporate greed," said Silket, 44. "We are fighting for our patients. We are fighting for our contract."
urses in California went on strike Thursday, some for the second time in three months in the latest dispute between nurses and hospital management over health care costs, staffing levels and sick leave
originally posted by: DuckforcoveR
And you can pretty much "insert deadly virus here" for a situation like this. Personally, if I was in the healthcare field, Ebola would be the last of my worries. Especially after watching "Monsters Inside" the other night. Its opportunistic because of collective bargaining. I highly doubt many of these nurses (after seeing what they see every day) are truly worried about Ebola enough to strike. And if they are, they watch too much USA news.
a reply to: Walsh