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Kaiser Permanente nurses begin walkout

Kaiser Permanente nurses begin walkout
Nurses stage a protest at Kaiser Permanente's Los Angeles Medical Center in March. (Nick Ut / Associated Press)

Registered nurses have begun a seven-day walkout at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center.

The California Nurses Assn. says the job action that began Tuesday involves 1,200 nurses who are seeking their first collective bargaining contract and want to protect patient care and make economic gains that would boost retention and recruitment.

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Kaiser Permanente said in a statement that it has proposed wages that would keep the nurses among the best paid in Southern California. The statement also asserts that the strike is not about quality or adequate staffing levels.

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