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2,500 Kaiser Workers Walk Off the Job

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An estimated 2,500 Kaiser Permanente nurses and staff began a 24-hour strike demanding safe staffing levels for nurses and consequentially better care for patients. The protest began at 6 a.m. Wednesday outside Kaiser L.A. Medical Center on Sunset Boulevard.Hospital management has refused to meet the requests of its registered nurses, many of whom are members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). 1,100 nurses were joined in solidarity by 1,400 other hospital employees, according to the union. The workers are also protesting a proposal that would cut retirement and healthcare coverage.

Last week, Kaiser Permanente reported $921 million in first quarter profits. Kaiser reported $2 billion in profits last year. About 2,500 replacement workers have been brought in to replace those on strike, according to hospital administration.

The 24-hour strike was preceded by a 1,000-person walkout in March and a candlelight vigil earlier this month.