LOS ANGELES: Good Samaritan Nurses’ Union Strikes
Some 500 nurses are holding a one-day strike against Good Samaritan Hospital today, criticizing the facility's failure to develop a contract with the newly-formed nurses' union. The union is seeking its first contract with the hospital. Represented by the California Nurses Association, the union is protesting proposed cuts in paid vacation and the termination of additional pay for weekend work. The picketing will run through Thursday morning. The RNs are also picketing the Blue Cross office in Woodland Hills for what they call "exorbitant pricing demands" that force small hospitals, like Good Samaritan, to reduce its services (AP/Sacramento Bee, 4/12).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.