Calif. HCA workers picket on heels of contract expiration, HCA workers in hospitals across the country join in solidarity

On March 31, SEIU members held a major picket at HCA’s Riverside Community Hospital in southern California, marking the expiration of contracts covering 3,000 HCA workers in the state, reports Modern Healthcare.

 

Workers called on HCA to address short-staffing and related patient safety concerns, highlighting that HCA has not made meaningful progress in negotiations which began in January. 

 

“Today’s day of action is all about safe staffing and patient care,” said Raymond Valdivia, a lab assistant and phlebotomist at Riverside Hospital. “We’re out here so HCA and Riverside Community Hospital listen to our requests when it comes to staffing ratios, better supplies and equipment that we need so we can take care of patients.”

 

Workers at HCA-owned hospitals in Florida, Nevada, Texas and Kansas – where contracts covering 19,000 workers are set to expire soon – took part in actions on the same day, showing their solidarity with HCA workers in California.