California Nurses Protest During Contract Dispute
On behalf of The Law Office of Lynnette Ariathurai, A Professional Corporation posted in Contract Disputes on Monday, February 12, 2018.
Many California workers are currently upset about their working conditions. Some will likely be able to resolve their problems by bringing their concerns to their employers' attentions. One set of employees who happen to be registered nurses are currently engaged in a contract dispute with the University of California, and recently let their voices be heard in public.
In front of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, a group of nurses gathered in protest on a recent Thursday. This particular rally was one of eight demonstrations planned in the region in connection with the ongoing contract dispute. For the past eight months, union representatives have been negotiating on behalf of the nurses in an attempt to gain better working conditions, more staff members to cover existing workloads and retirement security.
The nurses also say they've submitted requests for better patient protection regarding the nurse-to-patient ratios at the facility. A Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center spokesperson said the company is disappointed that the nurses have chosen public protest as a means of supposed negotiation. She also told reporters that the facility currently operates in accordance with legal nurse-to-patient ratios in this state.
One of the nurses spoke about the retirement issue, saying she and her fellow nurses believe they are entitled to better retirement benefits since many of them contribute more than 9 percent of their income to a pension fund. Another nurse said she believes outsourcing nursing work is disrespectful to current employees. Instead, she thinks a much better use of those resources would be to increase benefits and salaries for the hospital's contracted nursing staff. It will likely be a while before this contract problem is resolved; many California workers are able to obtain fair resolutions to such problems by relying on experienced and aggressive legal representation.