Thousands of healthcare workers at five California HCA facilities voted to authorize an unfair labor practices strike, claiming management is intimidating employees who complain of understaffing and underpaid wages.
With a 97% vote in favor, an estimated 3,000 paramedics, nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians, nutritionists, pharmacy technicians and cooks will go on strike for five days starting May 22 at: is going to start
- HCA Los Robles Medical Center at Thousand Oaks
- HCA West Hills Hospital
- HCA Riverside Community Hospital
- HCA Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose
- San Jose HCA Community Medical Center
Workers whose labor contracts expired on March 31 are represented by: SEIU-UHW. The next negotiating session is scheduled from Monday 15 May to Wednesday 17 May, with additional dates to be decided after the strike, union officials said.
In a statement released Friday, Riverside Community Hospital spokesman David Maxfield said the pending strike was “reckless, unnecessary, and not in the best interest of patients.”
“This decision by the SEIU-UHW leadership is surprising and completely contradicts the progress we have made in the negotiating forums where agreements have been reached on many contractual issues,” he said. “A strike benefits no one and can deprive communities of timely medical care.”
Workers have banned management from meeting or talking in public areas of hospitals, expelling union staff from hospitals, and warning caregivers not to wear union logos. They allege that they are violating labor laws.
Xochitor González, a patient care technician at Los Robles Medical Center in Thousand Oaks, said, “The HCA cannot continue to negotiate viciously and deny what we experience every day in the hospital. , ready to strike.” “I have never seen working conditions and patient care suffer so much.”
a Recent research When the SEIU-UHW surveyed HCA facility health care workers, an analysis of Medicare cost reporting data found that staffing was typically 30% lower than the national average.
The report said the trend of staffing shortages reflected deliberate corporate strategies from before the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Staffing shortages could save HCAs billions of dollars each year,” the report said. “These billions of dollars are costs borne by patients because lower staffing levels lead to lower quality patient care.”
SEIU-UHW workers also Senate Bill 525The move would boost California’s health worker staffing and raise the minimum wage to $25 an hour.
Introduced by Senator María Elena Durazo of D-Echo Park, the scheme compares to the current base salary of 15.50 for employees of California hospitals, skilled nursing homes, dialysis clinics, behavioral health centers and many other facilities. replace the dollar.
“Increasing the minimum wage for health care workers will help keep health care workers employed who were considering leaving due to the pandemic’s rising cost of living and ongoing emotional strain.” said the union. “Waiting for employers alone to take action to solve the talent shortage crisis will not change anything.”
https://www.ocregister.com/2023/05/12/hca-healthcare-workers-vote-to-authorize-strike-beginning-may-22/ Healthcare workers at five California hospitals vote to approve strike starting May 22 – Orange County Registrar