California hospital's workers will see wage hikes of 42% by 2020

Fountain Valley (Calif.) Regional Hospital & Medical Center's housekeepers and cafeteria workers will see a 42 percent increase in their hourly wage by January 2020, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Hospital workers will see their hourly wage immediately increase from $11 to $13. By January 2019, the workers will have a $14.84 hourly wage, and in January 2020, the base pay will be $15.61 per hour. In addition, workers will pay 20 percent less for their health insurance.

The wage increase comes after about 100 Fountain Valley housekeepers and cafeteria workers went on a one-day strike in February to protest low wages, costly healthcare coverage and unsustainable staffing levels.

The workers, who are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are employed by Sodexo, a food service management company that contracts with hospitals across the U.S.

Fountain Valley Regional is operated by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare.

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