SANTA CRUZ - The union representing thousands of hospital workers at Dignity Health including Dominican Hospital, Dominican Rehab Services and Dominican Oaks in Santa Cruz has announced plans for a three-day strike starting 11 p.m. June 26.
Labor and management have been unable to reach agreement on a new contract to replace a four-year agreement that expired April 30.
According to Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers, which represents housekeepers, janitors, licensed vocational nurses and nursing assistants, more than 7,000 union members employed by Dignity Health facilities voted, with 90 percent in support of setting an unfair labor practice strike deadline.
The union said Dignity management "withdrew some proposed cuts," but is still proposing "unacceptable concessions," which include "no across-the-board raise for two years" and "cuts to health, retirement, education funds and layoff benefits."
Union spokeswoman Carlyn Foster said management canceled talks planned for Friday and Saturday but talks will go on Thursday as scheduled.
"Our goal is to reach a contract by the end of the week," she said.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Welcome to the New World Named Reality
It has been a tough few years. Most of us out here in the real world have had to take cuts in pay and even layoff workers. The government is broke. We who are still tax payers would like some help from union, private and public. You really need to deal with reality and see that the standard of living has fallen in this country and deal with it. Cuts in pay and fewer jobs are the reality. What, you want some illegal alien to get the job you have now???