SEIU security guards strike Bay Area hospitals

Security workers at Kaiser medical centers in Fremont, Union City and elsewhere around the Bay planned to strike today to protest alleged unfair labor practices, a union group said. About 400 Inter-Con Security Systems officers across the state were set to walk off their jobs this morning, said Jennifer Kelly, a spokeswoman for the Service Employees International Union.

Locally, the officers planned to attend a rally from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today at Kaiser Oakland and to picket at their workplaces during the three-day strike, she said.

"Many of them don't have family health care," she said. "They don't have paid sick days."

Some workers also don't qualify for individual health coverage if Inter-Con classifies them as "on call" employees, Kelly said, even if they put in 40 hours a week. She said some earn as little as $9 an hour.

The security officers have been trying to join SEIU Local 24/7 for about three years, while Pasadena-based Inter-Con has "threatened, intimidated and spied on" them, Kelly said.

She said there was an increase in worker harassment after a one-day strike on April 4 in Fremont and at other sites, prompting the employees to schedule this week's protest against what they called "unfair labor practices."

Kaiser facilities in Hayward, Napa, San Francisco and elsewhere were set to be affected by the strike, Kelly said.


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