“The way that you drive this pandemic down is by staffing up properly: stop the county’s overreliance on registries, on traveling nurse registries, on contracting out,” nurse practitioner Ileana Meza told reporters.
“Our patients have a right to know that their caregivers may be COVID positive,” said Kelly Zhou, a nurse anesthesiologist who has worked at Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center for 25 years. “We care for a population that is extremely vulnerable to mutiple medical conditions.”
SEIU 721, which is the county’s largest union, responded to the requirement in September. The organization said “the practical effective date” for disciplinary action would be at least late November, though the county slated it for Oct. 1.
Thousands of employees in the fast-food industry are going on strike across California, walking out for better working conditions, wages and hours and calling on lawmakers to offer them a bigger say in their futures.