Protesting employees have been picketing outside Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center, one of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare Corp.’s hospitals in California. The OC Weekly reports workers are demanding a fairer contract and improved working conditions.
According to the National Union of Healthcare Workers, the group representing Fountain Valley Regional’s workers, Tenet “does not offer comparable pay and relies too heavily on part-time and on-call employees.” The account quotes the union as saying, “One of the problems that we’re facing is that they’re hiring part-time employees, working them full-time, but only giving them part-time benefits.”
Fountain Valley Regional told D CEO Healthcare that the medical center is currently in contract negotiations with NUHW. The negotiations are focusing on service and maintenance, skilled maintenance, and technical employees. The two sides have been negotiating for approximately eight months but have yet to reach a full agreement, the medical center said.
“The hospital remained fully operational and our staff’s focus, as always, was on providing exceptional quality patient care,” Fountain Valley Regional said in a statement. “While we recognize the union’s right to picket, we are disappointed that NUHW is taking this approach before the remaining issues have been fully exhausted through the bargaining process. We will continue to negotiate in good faith in hopes of soon reaching a successful resolution.”