Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital workers picket for safe staffing levels

October 21st, 2010

More than a hundred healthcare workers marched outside Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital today to draw attention to the potential impact of more than 100 layoffs and employee buyouts ordered by hospital management. Employees decided to hold the picket by a 97% vote last week.

“Cutting jobs means cutting healthcare for our community,” said Nina Perez, an OB tech in the Labor and Delivery department for 11 years. “When they eliminate this many staff, patients and their families are going to see the difference. Caregivers are already stretched too thin.”

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