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Three-Day Strike by Hundreds of Security Officers at Kaiser Hospitals Succeeds in Raising Red Flag About Unfair Labor Practices
Date:5/8/2008

OAKLAND, Calif., May 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Large rallies in Northern and Southern California today marked the close of a three-day, statewide unfair labor practice strike by hundreds of hospital security officers at 23 Kaiser medical facilities that succeeded in raising public awareness about illegal labor practices by Kaiser contractor Inter-Con Security.

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"The public needs to know that the security officers responsible for making Kaiser hospitals safe and protecting vulnerable patients are being denied our fundamental civil rights. Inter-Con freely uses intimidation, spying and retaliation to harass its workers," said Shauna Carnero, a security officer in Hayward.

The strike, which began May 6 and included major rallies outside Kaiser medical centers in Oakland, Sacramento and Los Angeles, followed numerous federal complaints that workers have filed with the National Labor Relations Board in recent weeks charging Inter-Con with unfair labor practices over the past two years.

Inter-Con has used an array of illegal and unfair tactics to thwart security officers as they pursue their legal right to organize a union with SEIU that can help them fight for a living wage and reasonable healthcare benefits. Inter-Con has threatened, harassed, intimidated and interrogated workers.

Inter-Con officers work for poverty wages, many making as little as $9/hour while at Kaiser. Many Inter-Con officers don't have healthcare, and 41% of officers in a recent survey said they cannot afford the company's family healthcare coverage. Officers also have no sick leave. By comparison, janitors who work for Kaiser get free individual and family healthcare, make a minimum of $11.50/hour and accrue paid sick leave.

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