Over 500 dialysis workers across California are gearing up to strike in protest against what they term as unfair labor practices prevalent in Satellite Healthcare and Fresenius Kidney Care clinics. A staggering 99% of the workers have given their nod to the strike, highlighting serious concerns about the management’s purported inclination towards profit at the expense of the safety of both patients and staff.
SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, representing these workers, paint a grim picture of the work environment in both clinics. Allegations range from clinics being perpetually understaffed to employees being undercompensated. Furthermore, there are claims that the management has resorted to strong-arm tactics, including intimidation and threats, against caregivers advocating for safer conditions. Adding fuel to the fire, there have been reports of employees being terminated for attempting to unionize and pushing for enhanced patient care.
The impending dialysis workers strike is slated to span a diverse group of dialysis professionals, from registered nurses and social workers to receptionists and certified clinical hemodialysis technicians. Cities earmarked for the strike include San Jose, Gilroy, Brentwood, among others in Southern California.
Manny Gonzalez, who serves as a certified hemodialysis technician at Fresenius Kidney Care, shed light on the deep-seated frustrations amongst workers. He lamented the clinics’ attempts to muzzle the voices of their workers and highlighted the heartening support they have received from their patients.
Both Satellite Healthcare and Fresenius Kidney Care have maintained a stoic silence, choosing not to comment on the looming strike.
This impending industrial action is anticipated to spotlight the alleged labor malpractices in the dialysis sector, paving the way for much-needed reforms for the betterment of both professionals and patients.
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