Labor unrest in California continued as some 240 workers held a one-day strike yesterday at St. Francis Medical Center, Lynwood, saying the 414-bed hospital was stalling on negotiations for a union contract. Meanwhile, more than 1,000 nurses, technicians and other staffers at three HCA-owned hospitals in San Jose launched a one-day walkout today to demand wage increases, insurance coverage for dependents and better patient-care standards. Negotiations between union workers and the hospitals--356-bed Good Samaritan Hospital, 175-bed San Jose Medical Center and the 192-bed Regional Medical Center of San Jose--broke down after nine months of bargaining failed to produce agreements in several areas, particularly staffing levels. The strike was expected to delay several elective surgeries and close temporarily the fertility clinic at Good Samaritan. Registered nurses at the University of California’s six hospitals also said they will strike May 29 to protest stalled contract negotiations and threatened an open-ended strike if talks don’t resume afterward.
One-day walkouts mark Calif. labor negotiations
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