Calif. Nurses Continue With 2-Day Walkout Over Ebola

CBS Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Registered nurses at two Southland hospitals and those in over a dozen other states will continue a two-day strike to demand better equipment for handling Ebola patients, despite the United States being Ebola-free.

Nurses at UCLA Medical Center will start picketing at 6:30 a.m. following by staff at California Hospital downtown at noon.

Picketers were also expected to demonstrate outside hospitals in Bakersfield, Glendale, Irvine, Long Beach, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino, according to union officials.

The walkout will total about 18,000 RNs and nurse practitioners at scores of Kaiser Permanente hospitals and other facilities nationwide.

The walkout was expected to last until 7 a.m. Thursday and impact at least 21 Kaiser hospitals and 35 clinics, The Associated Press reported.

A Southern California Kaiser spokeswoman said the action does not involve nurses locally.

Kaiser will remain open during the strike, though some elective procedures and routine…

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