18,000 Kaiser nurses to go strike next week

Nov 8, 2014 10:37 AM by News Staff

HAYWARD, Calif. (AP) - Kaiser Permanente's 18,000 nurses throughout Northern California plan to walk out on a two-day strike next week to demand higher Ebola treatment standards.

The Hayward Daily Review reports that the California Nurses Association's strike will begin Tuesday and affect 56 Kaiser hospitals and clinics.

Nurse and union negotiator Katy Roemer says the strike is not about money but about patient safety issues.

The union says Kaiser is failing to adopt optimal protections against the Ebola virus.

Kaiser denies that and says all its facilities in Northern California will remain open during the strike.

The walkout coincides with a national day of action Wednesday in which nurses will demand better protection and training against Ebola.

The union and Kaiser have been in contract talks since July.

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