More than 73% of the nursing staff at 26 neighborhood public health clinics and three comprehensive public health centers failed to report to work Monday as part of a job action protesting salary and working conditions at Los Angeles County facilities.
Last week, nurses at county-run hospitals launched a sickout after their contract expired and negotiations stalled. Talks broke off Saturday when the nurses union accepted the intervention of a state mediator.
Of the 544 nursing personnel scheduled for work Monday, 400 called in sick, county health officials said. The job action was not sanctioned by the Service Employees International Union Local 660, which represents the nurses.
Union spokeswoman Jeanette Scott said it was a "spontaneous show of support" that followed last week's sickout by about 2,000 registered nurses at the county-run hospitals.