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May 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
SACRAMENTO -- Thirteen people were arrested Wednesday at the UC regents meeting during a sit-down protest by healthcare workers threatening to strike at the system's medical centers. The University of California regents left during the protest while UC police cleared the room, handcuffing the protesters and leading them out of the hall at the Sacramento Convention Center. They were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly. The union that represents about 13,000 patient-care technical workers, AFSCME 3299, voted last week to authorize the two-day strike for May 21 and 22. But UC is seeking a court injunction to forbid the strike at its five medical centers, saying it would harm patients.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 19, 2013 | By Chris Megerian
SACRAMENTO - California authorities are investigating whether laws were broken when a government regulator went to work for healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente, a company she spent years investigating for the state. Marcy Gallagher was a supervising attorney at the California Department of Managed Health Care, where she participated in several investigations of Kaiser. Last year, she left state employment and joined the company, where she works in a unit that responds to California regulators.
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August 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1,700 nurses and other healthcare workers at clinics in western Washington formed picket lines to start a five-day strike against Group Health Cooperative -- one of the nation's oldest HMOs -- over the cost of their own health benefits. Nurses, medical assistants, therapists and others represented by Service Employees International Union Local 1199 get benefits with no premiums or deductibles. They make $5 co-payments for office visits and prescriptions.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Whenever she has bad news for a family at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center emergency room, Gabriela Perez says a little prayer to herself before stepping through the door. A devout Roman Catholic nicknamed "Mother Teresa" by her co-workers, Perez became a nurse practitioner 27 years ago to serve her community and those in need. It's more than a job, she said. Serving the needy is deeply intertwined with her faith. Perez attended the White Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday afternoon to pray for her patients and for others in the healthcare profession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 18, 2013 | By Anna Gorman, Los Angeles Times
As a nurse at a Downey hospital, Darlene Andres spends her days caring for postpartum mothers and their newborn babies. Andres urges new moms to get the flu vaccine before leaving. But Andres, 36, decided not to get the flu shot herself. Andres - a self-proclaimed "germ freak" - said she just washes her hands instead. "I heard from a lot of co-workers on the floors that they were getting a lot of symptoms after getting the flu vaccine," she said. "I kind of got scared. " On Friday, public health officials warned that the flu wreaking havoc elsewhere has finally arrived in California and is now causing widespread hospitalizations across the state.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 17, 2010 | By Tracy Weber and Charles Ornstein
Labor unions representing California nurses are attacking key parts of a bill that would overhaul the state's system for investigating and disciplining health workers accused of misconduct. The objections by the politically powerful California Nurses Assn., Service Employees International Union and groups for other health professions come days before a state Senate panel is set to vote on moving the bill forward. The Senate Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development must advance the bill Monday or it is dead for this session.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 27, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Whenever she has bad news for a family at the Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center emergency room, Gabriela Perez says a little prayer to herself before stepping through the door. A devout Roman Catholic nicknamed "Mother Teresa" by her co-workers, Perez became a nurse practitioner 27 years ago to serve her community and those in need. It's more than a job, she said. Serving the needy is deeply intertwined with her faith. Perez attended the White Mass at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday afternoon to pray for her patients and for others in the healthcare profession.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 25, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Culminating a fierce election battle, about 700 workers at USC University Hospital in Los Angeles are scheduled to vote this week on whether to join a new union in a bitter campaign that has highlighted a deep rift in the labor movement. USC has been accused of harassing union backers and coercing employees to vote against the union. The university declined to respond directly to the charges, instead issuing a statement saying "USC values the right of employees to choose union representation."
SCIENCE
December 7, 2006 | Thomas H. Maugh II, Times Staff Writer
A genetic analysis of the AIDS virus in Libyan children appears to exonerate a Palestinian physician and five Bulgarian nurses accused of deliberately injecting 426 children with HIV at a Benghazi hospital in 1998, researchers reported today. The genetic history of the human immunodeficiency virus indicates that it is a common West African strain that was circulating in Libya long before the group's arrival, a British and Italian team reported in the journal Nature.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 28, 2010 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers throughout Southern California have voted overwhelmingly to quit the giant Service Employees International Union and join a smaller rival union. The National Labor Relations Board, which tallied secret ballots cast earlier this month, said Tuesday that about 2,000 nurses and healthcare professionals voted more than 6 to 1 in favor of ditching the SEIU. They are affiliating with rival National Union of Healthcare Workers, a breakaway faction. The defeat is a major setback for SEIU, the largest hospital and healthcare workers union in California, with about 150,000 members.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 25, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
The already tense labor relations between the UC system and the union that represents about 8,300 custodians, gardeners and food service workers has taken a turn for the worse. After deadlocked negotiations, UC this week imposed terms that will require those workers to contribute 6.5% of their pay to retirement plans, up from the current 5%, while the university's contribution jumps to 12% from 10%. UC says such changes are necessary to keep the pension system healthy and that most other UC employees already have agreed to the changes.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A group of medical providers at clinics run by an influential but controversial AIDS-focused nonprofit group have launched a bid to unionize, saying that the organization's leadership has lost sight of its mission and patient care is suffering. Doctors, nurses and physicians assistants in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Los Angeles and Bay Area clinics have been engaged in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the organization's leadership for the last two months. On July 31, medical staff members submitted a petition to the National Labor Relations Board, announcing their desire to organize under the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
BUSINESS
August 2, 2013 | By Alana Semuels
Mechanics for American Airlines may soon check their mail and find a strange package: airplane vomit bags. They're part of a campaign by the Transport Workers Union to fend off a challenge from a rival union: the Teamsters, which wants the mechanics to defect to its ranks. The bag is part of a Transport Workers' defense campaign, which includes ads on billboards and in magazines with the slogan: "Teamster Air: More job departures to China than any other union. " Members are valuable to labor unions for the millions they pay in dues, as well as the clout that comes along with the potential votes members cast in U.S. elections.
NATIONAL
July 16, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Between 2000 and 2011, there were 91 shootings inside U.S. hospitals, and another 63 outside on hospital grounds, according to a Johns Hopkins study. Emergency departments were the most common site of hospital shootings, and hospital employees accounted for 20% of those killed or injured. The study , published last year in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, was one of the catalysts for workshops that the California Hospital Assn. began offering to help medical workers prepare for the worst: a shooter in the workplace.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 22, 2013 | By Anna Gorman and Maria L. La Ganga
A strike across the state by thousands of University of California healthcare workers in a labor dispute  began its second and final day Wednesday. The first day of the strike prompted the cancellation of hundreds of surgeries, the closure of laboratory stations and the diversion of emergency room patients, hospital officials said. No major problems have been reported, according to the Associated Press. The hospitals prepared for the two-day strike by rescheduling patients' elective surgeries and hiring temporary workers, but services still were affected after thousands of employees took to the picket line at UC medical centers in Los Angeles, Irvine, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento, where the UC Davis facility is located.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 17, 2013 | By Anna Gorman
Patient care workers at the University of California's medical centers plan to stage a two-day strike next week, but the number taking part will be decided Monday in Sacramento County Superior Court. A judge is expected to rule on a request for a temporary restraining order limiting the number of workers who may take part in the walkout. According to UC officials, the focus is on workers considered essential for patient care. The union representing nearly 13,000 patient healthcare workers has notified UC that it plans to strike from Tuesday at 4 a.m. to Thursday at 4 a.m. Several thousand others could participate in a “sympathy strike” Tuesday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2011 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
Leaders of a California labor group battling the giant Service Employees International Union alleged in a lawsuit Tuesday that the SEIU engaged in a pattern of violent threats and strong-arm tactics against dissident unionists. The suit, filed in Superior Court in San Francisco, is the latest salvo in the bitter intra-union clash pitting the SEIU against the breakaway National Union of Healthcare Workers. For two years, the rival group has been trying to woo SEIU members at California hospitals and healthcare facilities.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 24, 2013 | By Abby Sewell
A group of medical providers at clinics run by an influential but controversial AIDS-focused nonprofit group have launched a bid to unionize, saying that the organization's leadership has lost sight of its mission and patient care is suffering. Doctors, nurses and physicians assistants in the AIDS Healthcare Foundation's Los Angeles and Bay Area clinics have been engaged in a behind-the-scenes struggle with the organization's leadership for the last two months. On July 31, medical staff members submitted a petition to the National Labor Relations Board, announcing their desire to organize under the National Union of Healthcare Workers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 15, 2013 | By Larry Gordon
SACRAMENTO -- Thirteen people were arrested Wednesday at the UC regents meeting during a sit-down protest by healthcare workers threatening to strike at the system's medical centers. The University of California regents left during the protest while UC police cleared the room, handcuffing the protesters and leading them out of the hall at the Sacramento Convention Center. They were arrested on suspicion of unlawful assembly. The union that represents about 13,000 patient-care technical workers, AFSCME 3299, voted last week to authorize the two-day strike for May 21 and 22. But UC is seeking a court injunction to forbid the strike at its five medical centers, saying it would harm patients.
BUSINESS
May 2, 2013 | By Chad Terhune
Workers at healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente in California voted to remain with the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West union in a bitterly contested election pitting a labor giant against a smaller rival. The SEIU-UHW said it garnered nearly 19,000 employee votes, or 58% of the total counted, compared with about 13,000, or 41%, for the competing National Union of Healthcare Workers. About 1% voted for no union. The results were announced late Thursday after the National Labor Relations Board counted mail-in ballots for two days.
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