RNs - California

LA nurses strike over working conditions - video

Ross Frasier, Press TV, May 19, 2011 Los Angeles - More than a thousand health care workers have staged a protest outside Kaiser Permanente's flagship hospital in Los Angeles. Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest health care providers in the nation but these demonstrators say the company is putting profits over patients. These workers are striking for safe staffing levels for nurses. They're also fighting against proposed cuts to retirement and health care coverage. They say these cuts are unfair at a time when the company is seeing record profits. The nurses are asking the hospital to provide more staff to meet patient demands. ... LA

2,000 Kaiser employees walk off the job in LA

Melissa Evans, Daily Breeze, May 19, 2011 Nearly 2,000 nurses, mental health workers and other specialists at Kaiser Permanente walked off the job Wednesday in a one-day strike over benefits and other working conditions. The protest at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard included about 150 workers from Kaiser's South Bay Medical Center in Harbor City, officials with the National Union of Healthcare Workers said. Issues include enforcement of state-mandated nurse-to- patient ratios and benefits such as medical care for workers. ... 2,000

Filipino nurses go on strike in CA

Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN, May 19, 2011 Los Angeles - Over a thousand Kaiser nurses walked off the job early Wednesday morning to protest stalled contract negotiations. Some of them risked their safety by trying to stop a bus that was bringing in replacement nurses. “We just want to prove to Kaiser these nurses support each other because we’re losing a lot in these negotiations,” said nurse Jocelyn Santos, who fell to the ground as she was trying to stop a bus. Nurses are striking because they cannot come to agreement with Kaiser during contract negotiations. They want the hospital to include strict nurse to patient staffing ratios ... Filipino

2,500 Kaiser Workers Walk Off the Job - video

Andy Sternberg, LAist, May 18, 2011 An estimated 2,500 Kaiser Permanente nurses and staff began a 24-hour strike demanding safe staffing levels for nurses and consequentially better care for patients. The protest began at 6 AM Wednesday outside Kaiser LA Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard. Hospital management has refused to meet the requests of its registered nurses, many of whom are members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). 1,100 nurses were joined in solidarity by 1,400 other hospital employees, according to the union. The workers are also protesting a proposal that would cut retirement and healthcare coverage. ... 2,500

Kaiser Permanente nurses stage one-day walkout over working conditions

Duke Helfand, Los Angeles Times, May 18, 2011 For the second time in two months, Kaiser Permanente nurses have walked off the job at the HMO’s Los Angeles headquarters to protest working conditions they say compromise patient safety. About 1,100 nurses are staging the one-day action Wednesday outside Kaiser’s Los Angeles Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard to protest staffing ratios they call inadequate. “We’re the people with the hands-on contact with patients, who actually know what they require,” said veteran nurse Lise Geller. “We want to deliver something much better than average care.” ... Kaiser

Unions take on Wall Street sway over politicians

Joe Garofoli, San Francisco Chronicle, June 24, 2011 California's nurses union stared down former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger for trying to scale down the union's political influence in 2005 and helped sabotage the gubernatorial campaign of another Republican, Meg Whitman, last year. This year, the 165,000-member National Nurses United, which includes the California Nurses Association, is ready to take on politicians, including Democrats, for siding with Wall Street interests instead of those of working people, executive director Rose Ann DeMoro said this week. The union is ready to begin a campaign reminiscent of the Tea Party's 2009 summer of action ... Unions

Children's Hospital Oakland nurses strike ending

Associated Press, May 10, 2011 Oakland - Children's Hospital Oakland registered nurses have agreed to return to work after a five-day strike over proposed changes to their health benefits. Nurses are expected to be back on the job at 7 AM Tuesday. The San Francisco Chronicle says hospital management and representatives of the California Nurses Association-National Nurses United agreed that the walkout went smoothly. The hospital operated at near normal capacity during the walkout, relying on non-union Children's Hospital nurses and about 125 replacement nurses. The 700 union nurses have been negotiating for more than a year for a new contract. The current one expired in July.

Children’s Hospital Oakland nurses back at work today

Christopher Connelly, Oakland North, May 10, 2011 Children’s Hospital Oakland’s nurses headed back to work today after five days on the picket line with no new contract agreements. Bargaining talks with hospital administrators are expected to resume although no dates have been set yet. The strike, spurred by proposed changes to nurses’ health benefits, was the second in a protracted, year-long contract negotiation process. “We feel like we had a very strong strike,” said Wendy Bloom, who has been a nurse at Children’s Hospital for 24 years. “But we’re anxious to get back to the table and get an agreement.” ... Children

Children's Hospital nurses to return to work

Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, May 10, 2011 Oakland - Registered nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland are expected to return to work Tuesday following a five-day strike that centered on disagreements over proposed changes to their health benefits. The hospital's management and the nurses, represented by the California Nurses Association-National Nurses United, agreed today that the strike went smoothly. The nurses are expected to return to work at 7 AM. "We'll welcome everyone back to work," said hospital spokeswoman Erin Goldsmith. ... Children

700 Nurses Walk Off Job in 5-Day Strike at California Children's Hospital

Molly Gamble, Becker's Hospital Review, May 6, 2011 Registered nurses at Children's Hospital & Research Center Oakland in California walked off their jobs yesterday morning as part of a five-day strike over proposed changes to their healthcare benefits, according to a San Francisco Chronicle report. More than 700 nurses, represented by the California Nurses Association-National Nurses United, have been trying to negotiate with Children's for more than a year. They object to a proposal that would change their health plan to one of two options. ... 700

Children's Hospital Oakland nurses on 5-day strike

Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, May 6, 2011 Registered nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland walked off their jobs Thursday morning in the first day of a five-day strike that centers on disputes over health care benefits and other proposed changes to their contract. The more than 700 registered nurses at Children's, represented by California Nurses Association-National Nurses United, have been trying to negotiate a contract for more than a year. "It's not that we want a whole lot more," said Pam Bennett, a nurse at the hospital for 30 years who was on the picket line Thursday. "It's just that we don't want things taken away that we already have." ... Children

Nurses join 5-day strike in protest over healthcare fees

Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN, May 6, 2011 Oakland - About 800 nurses from Children's Hospital of Oakland began a 5-day strike this morning. About 30 percent of the staff are Filipino. The walkout is to protest management's efforts to make the nurses pay a portion of their health care insurance, which would amount to about $4,000 a year. Aina Gagui a nurse at the Children's Hospital of Oakland said, "That $4,000 will even go up in the next years to come - because health care costs are rising. And that scares me." ... Nurses

Children's Hospital Oakland nurses begin five-day strike

Christopher Connelly, San Francisco Chronicle, May 5, 2011 Children's Hospital nurses went on strike today after year-long contract negotiations broke down over health benefits. On the first day of a five-day strike, nurses on the picket line say spirits are high and representatives from a half dozen other unions were on site to show support. Approximately forty nurses stood in clumps in front of the hospital on the corner of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and 52nd Street, waving signs at passing cars. Dozens of cars and even a passing BART train honked to show support for the nurses. ... Children

Nurses at Oakland's Children's Hospital to strike

Associated Press, May 5, 2011 Oakland - Nurses at Oakland's Children's Hospital are set to go on strike over a contract dispute. The California Nurses Association says about 700 nurses will walk off the job for five days starting Thursday. The hospital has hired about 125 replacement nurses and will rely on non-union nurses to reach required staffing levels. Hospital officials say emergency department services will not be affected. The nurses' contract expired in July. Nurses are objecting to the health care options hospital officials have put forward for the next contract, saying they would either have a higher deductible or require significant employee contributions.

Children's Hospital sets for nurses strike

Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, May 5, 2011 Oakland - Registered nurses at Children's Hospital Oakland are expected to walk off the job for five days starting Thursday over a contract dispute that centers on health benefits. The hospital has hired replacement nurses and the management expects operations to continue nearly at normal capacity with no change in the emergency department's capabilities. Some elective procedures have been rescheduled. This will be the second strike in the same negotiations cycle. Nurses represented by the California Nurses Association held a three-day strike in October. The contract expired in July. ... Children

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