Kaiser Permanente Workers Picket Over Layoffs of 500 Employees

Employees from three Kaiser Permanente hospitals in California will picket later this week in protest of upcoming layoffs affecting more than 500 medical professionals across the system's Southern California region, according to a Press-Enterprise report.

The pending layoffs could include more than 150 nurses and other workers from Kaiser Permanente's hospitals in Riverside, Fontana and Ontario, according to the report.

Kaiser Permanente contends that the layoffs affect less than 1 percent of its workforce in Southern California and the cost reductions are necessary to "address challenges and opportunities that lie ahead," according to the report.

Employees will hold all-day information picket lines outside the Riverside hospital Thursday, outside the Ontario hospital Friday and outside the Fontana hospital next Tuesday.

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