23,000 California Nurses on Strike Demanding a Fair Contract--Watch Live
A major day of action in California, from National Nurses United:
Nearly 23,000 registered nurses are on a one-day strike today at 34 Northern and Central California hospitals, saying they will not accept attacks on RN rights to speak out for patients or cuts in healthcare or retiree coverage for nurses or other hospital workers.
The walkout affects two of the biggest and wealthiest hospital chains in California, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente, as well as Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The RNs are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.
The strike ends at 7 a.m. on Friday though Sutter and Children's have announced plans for a punitive lockout of nurses to extend the dispute. Sutter nurses will be protesting up to 200 sweeping demands for concessions that they say would, among other concerns, restrict their ability to effectively advocate for patients against the budget-focused priorities of Sutter managers and effectively force nurses to work when sick, dangerously exposing extremely ill patients to infection.
It's patient care and worker's rights versus corporations' bottom line, yet again.