About 18,000 Northern California nurses to strike
SAN FRANCISCO (AP):
Roughly 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses throughout Northern California are expected to walk off the job for a two-day strike.
California Nurses' Association negotiator Katy Roemer said the strike today and tomorrow would impact 21 Kaiser hospitals and about 35 clinics.
Kaiser will remain open during the strike, though some elective procedures and routine appointments may be rescheduled.
The strike comes as the union and Kaiser remain in contract talks that started in July.
Roemer said the nurses are striking because they don't have the resources needed to care for patients. The strike also coincides with a "national day of action" tomorrow on which nurses are demanding that hospitals give them better protection and training against Ebola.