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Thousands of California Healthcare Workers Strike to Protect Their Patients

Daughters of Charity Health System Continues to Jeopardize Patient Care

DALY CITY, Calif., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Thousands of healthcare workers will hold a one-day strike throughout California on Thursday to improve patient care in the Daughters of Charity Health System. Caregivers were forced to strike in response to management's refusal to negotiate fairly over proposals aimed to help ensure quality medical treatment and to protest several unfair labor practices employed by hospital administrators.

Caregivers will form picket lines at 6 a.m. and continue for 24 hours. The demonstration will occur simultaneously at five hospitals: St. Francis Medical Center near Los Angeles, Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Seton Coastside in Moss Beach, St. Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy, and O'Connor Hospital in San Jose.

More than 2,400 caregivers represented by SEIU United Healthcare Workers- West have been in negotiations since March. Workers have proposed plans to increase the ability to recruit and retain healthcare professionals and create quality jobs in the industry. However, administrators continue to bargain in bad faith, and they have repeatedly dismissed common sense policies. These actions are putting patient care at risk.

WHAT: Statewide strike to protect patient care

WHO: Healthcare workers, community allies, political supporters,

& SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West

WHEN: Thursday, August 28

7 a.m. picket line begins

12 p.m. rally & program

WHERE: Seton Medical Center St. Louise Regional Hospital

1900 Sullivan Ave., Daly City 9400 No Name Uno, Gilroy

Seton Medical Center Coastside O'Connor Hospital

600 Marine Blvd., Moss Beach 2105 Forest Ave., San Jose

With more than 150,000 members, SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West is the fastest-growing healthcare union in the United States. We represent healthcare workers in all job classifications and all healthcare settings, including hospitals, homecare, nursing homes and clinics. Our mission is to achieve high-quality healthcare for all.


Mason Stockstill


SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West
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