L.A. County Nurses to Strike in Protest of Limited Staffing

Update: The labor union representing the county’s nurses reached an 11th-hour deal Monday night to avert a strike. Read an updated version of this story here: http://on.ktla.com/kysX4.

Original post: More than 7,000 nurses who work in one of the country’s largest public health systems are expected to begin a strike at 7 a.m. Tuesday, protesting what they describe as unsafe and illegal patient-to-nurse ratios and generally inadequate staffing.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners at Los Angeles County hospitals and community-based clinics will participate, including those who work in emergency rooms, operating rooms, intensive care units and mental health centers, according to Service Employees International Union Local 721, which represents the nurses.

They will picket outside of hospitals and hold a demonstration at the Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday morning, a union spokeswoman said. They have been authorized to strike for four days.

About 200 nurses identified by their union and the county as crucial to patient safety have received “line passes” to cross the picket line and will continue to work, SEIU spokeswoman Coral Itzcalli said in an interview.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

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