Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Prison Health Care Workers Locked Out after Strike

Employers should listen to the grievances of their employees and try to solve them in a way that is beneficial for both parties. However, not all employers choose this method and some of them opt to punish their employees by locking them out.

Alameda County jails’ health care employees were recently locked out after being involved in a strike as a protest to the slow contact negotiations.

According to reports, around 140 Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West members held a one-day rally at the North County Jail and Santa Rita Jail in Oakland after they have worked for more than two months in the absence of a contract.

In addition, the protest was done after they have paved way for a new contract with the “Tennessee-based Prison Health Services.” A contract currently exists between Alameda County and the company, which requires the latter to provide health care workers and staff to both jails.

The union claimed that the negotiation is mainly concerned on the management’s desire to require workers to pay for about 30% of total costs of their own health care, said reports.

Hopefully, this issue will be resolved and a contract will be drafted quickly so that everyone can focus on their duty, which is to help inmates get the medical attention they need.