US healthcare workers walk off the job: 8 strikes in 2024

Last year was marked by labor actions across the U.S. From coast to coast, healthcare workers participated in strikes, citing concerns about issues such as pay, staffing and recruitment, and such actions have continued into 2024.

Eight strikes reported by Becker's Hospital Review this year:

Note: This article was created Feb. 13 and will continue to be updated. It was last updated on April 17.

1. Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers held a one-day strike April 16 at MarinHealth Medical Center in Greenbrae, Calif. The union represents more than 100 MarinHealth medical technicians, including MRI technologists, pharmacy technicians, ultrasound technologists and cardiac sonographers, according to an NUHW news release shared with Becker's.

2. Members of the Michigan Nurses Association began a five-day strike April 15 at MyMichigan Medical Center Sault in Sault Ste. Marie. Union members voted to authorize a strike in March and issued a strike notice on April 3. Their last contract expired Dec. 31. 

3. The Registered Nurses Professional Association, which represents more than 3,750 nurses in Santa Clara County's health system in California, began a three-day strike April 2. The strike is a first in the history of the union, according to an RNPA news release shared with Becker's

4. Members of the National Union of Healthcare Workers began a two-day strike March 25 at Seton Medical Center in Daly City, Calif., part of Alhambra, Calif.-based AHMC Healthcare. The strike involves approximately 430 Seton Medical Center workers, including nursing assistants, licensed vocational nurses, respiratory therapists, housekeepers and medical technicians, according to the union.

5. Nurses at Springfield, Ore.-based PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Home Care Services began a two-week strike Feb. 10, according to CBS affiliate KPIC. Vancouver, Wash.-based PeaceHealth said it contracted with an agency to provide temporary replacement workers during the strike.

6. Nurses at Ascension Saint Joseph-Joliet (Ill.), who are members of the Illinois Nurses Association, began a four-day strike Feb. 8, marking their third strike in the last year. The hospital is part of St. Louis-based Ascension, and the union represents about 500 nurses at the facility.

7. Nurses began a seven-day strike Jan. 21 at Honolulu-based Kapiolani Medical Center for Women & Children, according to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. The strike followed months of negotiations between the Hawaii Nurses Association and the hospital.

8. Nurses represented by National Nurses United held a two-day strike at Saint Louis University Hospital. The nurses, part of NNU affiliate National Nurses Organizing Committee, began their strike Dec. 27 and concluded it Dec. 29. Saint Louis University Hospital, a 365-bed facility, is part of St. Louis-based SSM Health.

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