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November 10, 2014

18,000 Nurses In California To Strike Over Ebola

18,000 Nurses In California To Strike Over Ebola

Some 18,000 nurses in Northern California are planning a two-day strike starting Nov. 11, partly over equipment and training standards for the Ebola virus.

The walkout would affect 21 hospitals and 65 clinics owned by Kaiser Permanente, based in Oakland, California, said Charles Idelson, a spokesman for National Nurses United. The union’s contract with nonprofit Kaiser expired in August and was extended until October, he said.

The union said in a Nov. 6 statement that Kaiser “continued to stonewall on dozens of proposals to improve patient care standards, as well as refusing to address the concern of Kaiser RNs about Ebola safety protocols and protective equipment, refusing to even answer questions by the RNs.”

Kaiser hospitals have contingency plans in place and will operate with normal business hours and services, while elective procedures and non-urgent appointments will be rescheduled, John Nelson, a spokesman, said today in an e-mailed statement.

He disputed the idea that health workers aren’t being trained to deal with Ebola.

“We are training our staff on how to use the right protective gear, to make sure they know how to use it,” Nelson said in the statement. “We have repeatedly asked union leadership to work with us on our Ebola strategy. They have refused. Instead, they continue to hold press conferences claiming hospitals are unprepared for Ebola.”

Wild Thing's comment.......

When Unions get involved it is hard to know the truth so much of the time.

Posted by Wild Thing at November 10, 2014 12:50 AM


The bankrupt and morally destroyed CAL E FORN YA has gone from TERMINATOR to.... TERMINAL?

Posted by: darthcrUSAderworldtour07 at November 10, 2014 08:36 AM

In this case I side with the union IF the nurses's claims are legit. Ebola is nothing to take lightly and there most likely will be more incidents with it here. There is little chance we can keep ebola out of America as international travel and our lack of border security both contribute to the possibility of it arriving here again. We need the medical community to be prepared and isolate/quarantine cases immediately and completely as they arise.

Posted by: TomR,armed in Texas at November 10, 2014 01:25 PM