St. Luke's Caregivers Announce Plans To Join California Pacific Medical Center Fight

Published: Nov 01, 2005

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- At a press conference today, SEIU United Healthcare Workers will announce plans for nearly 500 caregivers at St. Luke's Hospital to join California Pacific Medical Center fight.

St. Luke's was recently taken over by California Pacific Medical Center, where 800 caregivers have been on strike since September 13 for a Federal Mediator's contract proposal.

Shortly after CPMC CEO Marty Brotman was named CEO of St. Luke's last month, he announced plans to lay-off 17 caregivers at the hospital. Prior to Brotman's announcement, St. Luke's closed its inpatient psychiatric unit and angry physicians and community leaders exposed the hospital's plans to eliminate outpatient psychiatric services and the neonatal intensive care unit.

Also at the press conference, CPMC caregivers will respond to a contract proposal made by California Pacific Medical Center on October 28, 2005.

The caregivers will be joined by Aaron Peskin, President of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, who will issue his response to the escalating dispute. Assembly member Leland Yee, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, and other elected leaders will also be present.

"After months of service cuts at St. Luke's, caregivers are gearing up to join the CPMC fight," said Sal Rosselli, President of SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West. "Our members are holding CPMC accountable to meet San Francisco's healthcare needs. In 2004, CPMC made $150 million in profits. That's more than enough to continue providing vital services to the south of Market communities that St. Luke's has historically served."

What: St. Luke's caregivers announce plans to join CPMC fight Where: St. Luke's Hospital Corner of Cesar Chavez and Valencia When: Tuesday, November 1st noon CONTACT: Thea Lavin of SEIU, +1-510-520-7732.

SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West

CONTACT: Thea Lavin of SEIU, +1-510-520-7732

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