Occupy Long Beach Stages Hospital "Die-In" in Support of Striking Nurses

 The California Nurses Association and National Nurses United in Los Angeles and San Francisco have been battling with Sutter Health hospital management for three months over basic worker's rights: they want better health care, staffing, and sick leave. On Thursday, they staged a one-day strike—their second—which reportedly attracted over 6000 nurses from nine hospitals, with a majority of workers striking. And on Friday, management announced that nurses who joined the strike on Thursday would not be allowed to return to work that day, effectively locking out about 70 percent of all nurses from those hospitals. (In true management fashion, they allowed them to return to work today—Christmas Eve.)

Protesters at Occupy Long Beach weren't feeling the lockout, so they decided to do something about it. Last night, several protesters somehow snuck past the battalions of security guarding Long Beach Memorial and staged a "die-in," with their most effective point being made sometime before they all fell to the ground with "illness": "Something's wrong inside, if the nurses are outside!" Then they lie writhing until the Long Beach Police arrive. Watch:


AlterNet / By Julianne Escobedo Shepherd

Posted at December 24, 2011, 4:35am

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