On Wednesday, Feb. 10, the Keck Hospital of USC experienced activity from various represented employee groups and were able to maintain seamless operations for patients, families and staff.
- Keck Hospital workers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), which includes include respiratory therapists, surgery technicians, unit secretaries, environmental services and facilities engineers staged a one-day strike beginning at 6 a.m.
- NUHW workers employed by Sodexo who work in the Keck Hospital cafeteria also engaged in a work stoppage.
- Workers represented by the California Nurses Association participated in an informational picket in sympathy.
To provide clarification to the situation today, Keck Hospital of USC reports the following:
- The strike was largely a non-event.
- The NUHW greatly inflated the support of its members for the work stoppage. Only a small percentage of the 780 (not 900) represented Keck Hospital employees participated in the picketing.
- By 3 p.m., the picketers disbanded.
- Only a handful of nurses joined the information picket line.
- The majority of Keck Hospital’s NUHW employees did not participate in the picketing.
- A significant number of NUHW Keck Hospital employees scheduled today chose to work.
- Patient care was not affected in any way.
- The collaborative efforts of the Los Angeles Police Department and hospital security maintained a safe environment and efficient access for patients, their families, vendors and employees.