Hundreds of health workers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center plan to launch a five-day strike starting Monday, May 9, claiming they are underpaid, understaffed and struggling to provide adequate care to patients.
Staff – including service, staff and clinical support staff – are among the more than 2,000 Cedars staff represented SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West. They accused the Los Angeles hospital of unfair work practices and called on the institution to trade in good faith.
Their previous three-year contract expired on March 31.
“Management doesn’t seem to take patient and employee safety seriously,” said Luz Oglesby, the hospital’s clinical partner.
Oglesby said Cedars had rejected the union’s request to provide workers with sufficient protective equipment to protect against the spread of coronavirus and to keep pregnant and immunocompromised workers away from patients with COVID.
“We ask for basic protection in the workplace and respect for the lives and health of educators and patients,” she said.
In a statement issued Friday, Cedars said her nurses, doctors and researchers are not members of the union and will continue to provide services during the strike.
“On the first day of negotiations, March 21, Cedars-Sinai presented a strong economic proposal that would extend our market-leading pay, providing a significant increase in salaries to employees of the negotiating unit on March 27,” the hospital said. “We look forward to continuing our talks with SEIU-UHW to reach a mutual agreement.”
Terin Mosley, a surgeon-technologist at Cedars for more than seven years, says Cedars is proposing a salary increase of about 5% over the next three years – an increase that does not properly take into account inflation, high gas prices and high cost in Southern California. alive.
“They seem to think it’s fair and appropriate,” said the 37-year-old Sherman Oaks resident.
The current minimum wage for Cedars workers is just over $ 17 an hour. Jose Sanchez, a leading transporter and chief union manager at the hospital, said that was not enough.
“Target and some of the fast food restaurants pay a lot more than that,” a 42-year-old Huntington Park resident said last month. “We believe employees should start at $ 25 an hour.”
Violations of Cal / OSHA
State health and safety authorities fined Cedars $ 97,700 last year for seven quotations who violated Cal / OSHA regulations aimed at protecting safety in the workplace.
Four were classified as “serious” health and safety violations related to COVID-19 prevention, including refusing to immediately report serious illnesses to several workers infected with COVID-19 and failing to follow an appropriate exposure control plan for protect employees who are at increased risk of contracting certain airborne infections.
Cedar employees picketed the facility last month to protest the threat to workers and patients.
Mosley said the problem of imperfections remains constant.
“We are expected to work with the same amount of work, but with fewer staff, fewer stocks and fewer resources,” she said. “We are seeing more falls in patients and errors in medication. And when such things happen, people are written or fired. We became an autumn guy. “
Hospital D Security Assessment
The medical center was recently awarded a hospital safety rating of “D”. Leapfrog group, an independent consumer health organization. This is a decrease compared to the previous Cedar “C” safety rating issued in the spring of 2021.
Leapfrog gave Cedars “below average” performance scores for:
Infections – Work with potentially life-threatening infections, including bloodstream infections, urinary tract infections, postoperative infections after colon surgery, and sepsis infection after surgery.
Problems with surgery – Including a dangerous object left in the patient’s body, a split surgical wound and a blood leak.
Security issues – Dangerous bedsores, lung collapse and dangerous blood clots.
Error prevention practices – Leapfrog says Cedars should use computerized systems to order medications for patients, rather than prescribing by hand, a practice that would reduce medication errors.