23,000 California nurses to go on strike Sept. 22
California, United States
September 17, 2011 07:16 am EDT
Labor, Strike, Health, Hospital And Clinic
Pray you don’t get sick next week as thousands of registered nurses in California will hold a one-day strike on September 22.
More than 23,000 nurses will participate from Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente and Children's Hospital Oakland.
At least 34 hospitals will be affected by the work stoppage, including:
Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley,
Mills-Peninsula hospitals in:
Sutter Delta in Antioch,
Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo,
Children's Hospital Oakland,
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center,
Kaiser hospitals in:
The hospitals are drafting contingency plans to bring in replacement workers and remain open, although many have postponed elective surgeries.
Increases in out-of-pocket health costs and changes in staffing agreements prompted the Sutter nurses to stage their work disruption. Kaiser nurses will strike in support for Kaiser social workers, optometrists, psychologists and other Kaiser employees over "substantial reductions" in healthcare and retirement coverage.
Meanwhile, the Sept. 22 strike activity will be a third time for the nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland over failed contract negotiations dealing healthcare costs and staffing issues.
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