20,000 California nurses protest medical facility
Posted: Nov 11, 2014 11:22 PM EST | Updated: Nov 12, 2014 3:48 PM EST
Roughly 20,000 registered nurses at 86 Kaiser locations across the northern part of the state are taking a stand against what they describe as aggressive slashing of wages, retirement benefits, and an experienced nursing staff.
Nurses are also calling on Kaiser to put in place better Ebola safeguards.
The two day strike comes before the California Nurses Association Union meets for contract negotiations with the company.
“Kaiser is earning $12 million a day in profits, and we want them to put that money back into patient care,” says nurse Diane McClure.
Senior Vice President and Area Manager for Kaiser Frank Beirne says replacement nurses are certified in their specialty, and he says that claims the hospital is cutting cost for profit is untrue.