SEIU-UHW jail workers locked out

Nurses, physician's assistants, dental assistants and others who provide medical care at Alameda County's two jails have been locked out by their employer. This comes after a one day strike held to protest six months of stalled contract negotiations and unfair labor practices.
The workers, members of the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, approved the one-day strike last month after working more than two months without a contract and making minimal headway on a new one with Tennessee-based Prison Health Services. As punishment, the company has now locked out those workers.
Prison Health Services is a Tennessee-based for-profit corporation that had earnings of more than half a billion dollars in 2009. They hold a $77 million, 3-year contract with Alameda County to provide medical services at the two County facilities.
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Prison Health Services also have a 24 hour ethics and compliance issues hotline. 1-800-218-9114. feel free to let them know locking out health workers seems pretty unethical, especially at a jail, where the patients have no other options.

this is another example of how privatization of jails and prisons not only hurts inmates, but also workers and everyone else involved.

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