Workers tell of hospital sanitation neglect during strike
October 25, 2005
Striking health care workers yesterday reported trash accumulating
in halls of one San Francisco hospital, as unofficial talks between
management and labor continued sporadically.
More than 80 workers appeared before the Audit and Oversight
Committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors convened to
hear status of the strike.
Representatives of California Pacific Medical Center declined
attendance, and the hearing was continued following lengthy public
Chair Supervisor Aaron Peskin asked for movement in negotiations
by Friday, after which Peskin promised additional steps in an
attempt to end the stalemate.
Audit and Oversight Comittee chair, Supervisor Aaron Peskin
More than 800 workers have been on strike since September 13,
with some 600 of those positions now filled by replacement workers.
The Service Employees International Union and United Healthcare
Workers West want to return to the bargaining while talks continue.
John Borsos, Vice President Service Employees International Union
Representing mostly licensed vocational nurses, food service
workers, custodians, and clerks, union members complained of being
overworked to the point of poor patient care and trash accumulation.
A spokesperson for the hospital said such charges are untrue,
and pointed to weekly patient satisfaction surveys remaining high
during the strike.