Workers at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital issue strike notice

June 12th, 2011

This afternoon, our elected bargaining committee at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital put management on notice that on June 21st, close to 800 caregivers will be going out on strike.

We’re proud to be standing together to protect our livelihoods, our families’ futures, and our patients’ safety.

For over a year, SVMH’s management and Board of Directors have been threatening to lay off dozens of frontline workers, pretending they can’t afford to maintain the staff necessary to provide quality patient care. In the meantime, they’ve paid out $4 million to our hospital’s former CEO in what’s become a statewide embarrassment, and they’ve paid scandal-plagued out-of-state management consultants $12 million and counting to advise them on how to cut our benefits and our jobs.

We’ve had enough of their hypocrisy.

Over a year ago, caregivers at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital voted in a landslide to join NUHW. We chose NUHW because we wanted to belong to a union that fights for its members instead of just rolling over for management.

Today, we’re in that fight. And we’re grateful we belong to a union that knows how to stand up for members.

Sincerely,     

Esther Fierros-Nunez, Patient Financial Services, Elected Rep. Chair
Hermelinda Reynoso-Elias, LVN, ONS
National Union of Healthcare Workers
 

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