November 21, 2012 |
They're fed up and they're not going to take it anymore. That's the case for thousands of employees across the country who are striking and walking out of jobs rather than accept changes to their pay and benefits. It might be a shot in the arm for a labor movement that had been left for dead but saw big gains in the November election as voters elected pro-labor candidates. The number of union-related work stoppages involving more than 1,000 workers, which reached an all-time low of just five in 2009, rose to 13 this year as of October.
September 15, 2012 |
A wave of consolidation among hospitals and physician groups has drawn scrutiny from the California attorney general's office amid concerns that these alliances could boost medical prices. Some hospital chains and insurance companies in the state said they have received civil subpoenas from the attorney general's office seeking information about market concentration among medical providers and the effect on healthcare pricing. Sharp HealthCare, which runs seven hospitals and two affiliated medical groups in the San Diego area, said it was contacted by investigators, as were some insurers such as Health Net Inc. of Woodland Hills.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2011 |
Hundreds of nurses from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital staged a one-day strike Thursday over failed contract negotiations and staffing issues. Equipped with bullhorns and whistles, the nurses stood by the main entrance of the hospitals on Patterson Street and Atlantic Avenue. Many waved picket signs that read: "If nurses are outside, something's wrong inside" and "Safe staffing at all times. " Amid the yelling and cheering for every car horn honk they got, the nurses sang out chants.
March 22, 2008 |
About 4,000 nurses at eight Sutter Health hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area started striking Friday over a dispute about their healthcare and pension benefits and the closing of hospitals in poor areas. The strike affects hospitals in Antioch, Berkeley, Burlingame, Castro Valley, Oakland, San Francisco, San Mateo and Vallejo. The California Nurses Assn. union said the walkout was triggered by contract negotiations and Sutter practices that it said put patients at risk. Sutter Health said it had met the levels of staffing, healthcare and retirement benefits the union had demanded from other hospitals.
August 4, 2006 |
Sutter Health, a Sacramento-based hospital chain with 26 facilities, settled a class-action lawsuit that accused the nonprofit company of overcharging uninsured patients. Under the settlement, uninsured patients who visited Sutter hospitals since Sept. 3, 2000, will be entitled to 25% to 45% refunds on their hospital bills. The hospital chain, which admitted no wrongdoing, also agreed to offer discounted care based on patients' income levels. -- Daniel Yi
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 22, 2006 |
A Placer County jury Friday ordered one of the country's largest labor unions to pay $17.3 million for defaming a group of Northern California doctors and hospitals. The jury found that the New York-based Unite Here union had acted with "fraud, malice or oppression" when it sent out a mass mailing last year claiming that Sutter Health used inadequately cleaned bed linens in its hospitals.