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Strike at California hospital system


Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

Union workers are preparing to strike Salinas (Calif.) Valley Memorial Healthcare System.

Negotiations between SVMH and the National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents roughly 700 employees at SVMH, ranging from housekeeping and food-service workers to radiology technicians and accountants, have been ongoing since last July without major progress,

SVMH and the union remain at odds over cost-of-living salary increases, increases in healthcare-insurance-premium costs and the hospital’s authority to hire subcontractors. In other words, the sort of issues that increasingly roil hospitals across America.



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