San Francisco, May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Healthcare workers and their allies will gather at the Chinese Hospital Monday, May 16 at 2:30 p.m. to protest the employer’s understaffing and attacks on caregiver benefits, which jeopardize patient care and the ability to retain experienced staff in the facility.

The China Hospital’s pivotal role in providing access to health care in the Bay Area makes management’s understaffing and attacks on caregivers particularly alarming. The hospital was founded in 1925 to provide care for the area’s Chinese community at a time of extreme discrimination against Chinese immigrants. Today, all workers at the facility speak Chinese, the only language spoken by 90% of the hospital’s patients.

“Not all caregivers can work here. We know and love our patients, we speak their language, and we understand the health care needs of this community,” says Jonathan Ho, a carrier at the facility. “Management needs to do more to recruit and retain experienced caregivers who are attuned to this culture, not chase us away with cuts and refuse to hire enough staff.”

In a recent survey of Chinese hospital workers, 56% said their ward was severely or somewhat understaffed. Nearly 100 factory workers are currently in contract negotiations with management.

“For years, management has refused to provide the staff we need to provide quality care to our patients,” said Sabrina Wong, a sterile processing technician at the Chinese hospital. “Now they are compounding the problem by trying to eliminate the healthcare coverage that our families need to stay alive and healthy – even though we have put our lives on the line for more than two years guiding this. community through the pandemic.

The Chinese hospital’s attacks on its staff come amid a statewide healthcare worker crisis. California faces a massive shortage of paramedics — job categories that include physician assistants, respiratory therapists, emergency physicians, licensed vocational nurses, lab assistants, housekeepers and many other health care workers. First line. According to the 2021 report, up to 65,000 additional paramedics are needed each year to care for the state’s aging population. Meeting California’s demand for paramedicspublished by California Competes.

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SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) is a healthcare justice union of more than 100,000 healthcare workers, patients and activists united to ensure affordable, accessible and high-quality care for all Californians, provided by valued and respected caregivers. Learn more about www.seiu-uhw.org.