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More Than 1,000 Nurses Walk Out at Kaiser

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Photo of Kaiser nurses protesting in June 2010, courtesy NUHW.
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Hundreds of nurses picketed outside Kaiser Permanente's L.A. Medical Center on Sunset, citing unfair labor practices and a lack of adequate staffing regulations.

At least 90 percent of the hospital's 1,100 unionized nurses signed up for the walkout, a union spokesperson told the AP.

A major sticking point in contract negotiations is staff-to-patient ratios, especially at critical care centers. Because the rules governing such ratios are unenforceable, the National Union of Healthcare Workers says some patients in critical condition will be assigned nurses with inadequate training.

Expect traffic issues near the hospital, at 4867 W. Sunset Blvd., especially surrounding rallies scheduled for noon and 4pm.

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The hospital will remain open throughout the 24-hour walkout which began early Wednesday, according to Kaiser. It's the first strike by any Kaiser workers in 13 years, according to Uprising.