First-Ever Group of Hospital Security Officers to Strike over Unfair Labor Practices, Walk out of Facilities Across California on May 6

Saturday, May 3, 2008 General News
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OAKLAND, Calif., May 2 The following is beingissued today by SEIU -- Inter-Con security officers who protect Kaiserfacilities will launch an unfair labor practice strike against Inter-Con todefend their civil rights on Tuesday, May 6. This is the first-ever group ofhospital security officers to strike. Inter-Con has threatened, intimidatedand spied on workers who were trying to form a union for better conditions.

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The 3-day strike against employer Inter-Con will affect more than 20Kaiser facilities statewide, and will cover more than 400 Inter-Con workers.Workers from facilities in Oakland, San Francisco, Hayward, Fremont, Fairfieldand Union City, Napa, Santa Rosa, Sacramento and Modesto will strike. LosAngeles and other areas in Southern California will also strike on May 8.

Inter-Con officers work for poverty wages, many making as little as$9/hour. Many Inter-Con officers cannot afford to buy the family healthcarecoverage offered and do not have paid sick days. By comparison, facilityjanitors have free family healthcare, make a minimum of $11.50/hour and accruepaid sick leave.

With 1.9 million members, SEIU is the largest and fastest-growing union inNorth America and the largest property services union, representing more than250,000 security officers, janitors, and other service workers. SEIU UnitedService Workers West represents 10,000 private security officers acrossCalifornia.WHAT: Hospital security officers launch first-ever 3-day strike WHEN: May 6, 2008 * 8 a.m. Start OAKLAND: 8 a.m. start at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center, 280 W. MacArthur Blvd. * 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. major mid-day picket lines and action as Inter-Con officers from across the Bay Area, community supporters, others join the line. SACRAMENTO: 8 a.m. start at Kaiser South Sacramento Medical Center, 6600 Bruceville Rd. Call for locations of other picket lines in other areas. B-ROLL AVAILABLE IN ADVANCE: Inter-Con officers on previous strike.

SOURCE SEIU


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