For Immediate Release:
April 18, 2022
LOS ANGELES – Cedars-Sinai employees and allies will hold a picket at 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 20 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to expose the hospital’s threat to workers and patients after Cal/OSHA issued the hospital seven citations for violating OSHA regulations designed to protect workplace safety. Four of the citations were classified as serious health and safety violations related to COVID-19 prevention.
“It’s outrageous that Cedars-Sinai Medical Center left some of its employees defenseless against COVID-19 as we worked together to care for patients,” said Taryne Mosley, a surgical technician at Cedars-Sinai. “We want our employer to protect healthcare workers from suffering harm in the first place, not only after people have died. The public needs to know that Cedars-Sinai is putting patients and workers in danger by not complying with basic health and safety laws.”
State health and safety regulators fined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center $97,000 over the seven violations. Most of the Cal/OSHA violations were related to health and safety protocols for COVID-19 prevention, including charges that:
Earlier this month, workers at Cedars-Sinai voted to authorize an unfair labor practice strike to demand that their employer bargain in good faith with them over patient and worker safety concerns, inadequate staffing, and low wages amid historically high inflation. More than 2,000 Cedars-Sinai employees are members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW).
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