Members of a union representing 2,000 workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles are set to go on strike May 9.
Members of the service workers union International and United Healthcare Workers West are protesting unfair labor practices, safety concerns, staff shortages and low wages, the union said Friday.
The union’s contract with the nonprofit hospital expired on March 31st. Contract negotiations began on March 21, according to the union. Earlier this month, the union announced that the workers planned to go on strike in May if no progress was made in negotiations.
“Management doesn’t seem to take patient or worker safety seriously,” Luz Oglesby, clinical partner at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, said in a press release. “During our latest round of negotiations, Cedars-Sinai rejected our proposals for PPE stockpiles, COVID exposure notifications, keeping pregnant and immunocompromised workers away from COVID patients, and other safety measures. the health of caregivers and patients”.
Cedars-Sinai immediately responded to a request for comment.
SEIU-United Health Workers of the West represents Certified Nurse Assistants, Carriers, Environmental Service Workers, Factory Workers, Surgical Technicians, and Food Service Technicians.
The strike will begin at 5 am on May 9. On April 20, the trade union held an informational picket near the hospital.
The COVID-19 pandemic has sparked numerous protests among U.S. healthcare workers, including unionization campaigns, strike permits, and protests. Employees pushed for changes such as increased headcount, improved security, and increased remuneration.
Earlier this month, more than 8,000 nurses and other healthcare workers at 15 Sutter Health facilities in California went on strike for a day over concerns about staffing and health and safety standards. On Monday, 5,000 nurses at Stanford Health Care and Stanford Children’s Health in California went on strike over contract negotiations.