Union members working at 11 Tenet Healthcare Corp. facilities across California have voted to authorize a strike if no progress is made in negotiations between health system leadership and frontline staff represented by SEIU-UHW, the union said Friday.
The union represents nearly 4,000 Tenet employees at the California hospitals and outpatient facilities, 97% of whom voted in favor of striking, according to SEIU-UHW. Members include licensed vocational nurses, certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, emergency department technicians and respiratory therapists.
If no progress is made in negotiations, a strike is loosely scheduled from Oct. 23 to Oct. 27, a spokesperson for the union said.
SEIU-UHW members have been bargaining with the health system since April, continuing with negotiations after their contract expired June 30. The last scheduled bargaining session before a potential strike is set for Oct. 19.