BAYAN-USA Podcast on Striking NUHW Workers
The lastest BAYAN-USA podcast is out, hosted by myself and the Secretary-General of BAYAN-USA Rhonda Ramiro.
[T]housands of Kaiser employees walked off the job to protest stalled negotiations over a new contract.
Kaiser brought in replacement workers and planned to keep all of its hospitals and medical offices open during the one-day action, which ends at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
But some drop-in services such as optical sales may be closed in certain locations, Kaiser noted in a letter to patients.
The strike was called by the 4,000 members of National Union of Healthcare Workers, representing mental health clinicians, clinical psychologists, licensed social workers and opticians. The union began bargaining for a new contract in 2010.
Two other unions agreed to walk out in sympathy — up to 17,000 registered nurses with the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United, and 650 members of Stationary Engineers Local 39.
Also the NUHW website has the latest coverage of the strike here.