OAKLAND, CA August 27, 2014 — About 150 healthcare workers picketed outside La Clinica in the Fruitvale neighborhood of Oakland for the safety of their patients and the health of their communities. They marched; chanted, passed out flyers, spoke with community members, and literally “blew the whistle” on poor management decisions they believe may be endangering their patients.
They called on CEO, Jane Garcia to meet with them to address increased workloads, short staffing, longer wait times, and problems in the medical records department spreading workers too thin and ultimately diminishing the quality of care their patients deserve.
The lively crowd of SEIU 1021 members, including physicians, social workers, nurses, community educators, medical and dental assistants, and other healthcare workers rallied outside La Clinica on East 12th street in Oakland wearing their union color of proud purple as passing cars honked and waived enthusiastically in solidarity with them.
“We’re here to bring attention to the community that patient care at La Clinica has been compromised do to many factors” said chapter president Angel Valdez. “We are short staffed, people are overworked, and there’s just not enough help to go around. We want to be able to provide quality care to our patients and communities but these issues are making it very complicated.”
La Clinica healthcare workers united in SEIU 1021 provide care to the East Bay’s uninsured and underserved communities, at 25 locations in Alameda County, Solano County, and Contra Costa County.
“Increased workloads, an increasing number of patients, and decreased personnel has affected every department at La Clinica in every one of our clinics” said chapter secretary, Rosa Lutrario.
Both Valdez and Lutrario were interviewed by KTVU, Univision, and Telemudo to alert the broader public and force management back to the table.
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