Over a hundred Marin General Hospital workers will begin to strike this morning in the fight for a better healthcare plan.
Engineers and imaging technicians are fed up with contract negotiations, saying Marin General is threatening to make their current health plan even more expensive.
20 engineers and 65 imaging technicians are expected to be involved.
The technicians’ contract ended in October, while the contract of engineers expires today.
Their current plan allows employees to choose their doctors and pay a reasonable amount to insure themselves and their families.
However, the new plan would force many employees to find new doctors because it doesn’t include access to nearby hospitals operated by Kaiser Permanente or Sutter Health.
A Marin General spokesperson says compared to other hospitals in the area, the hospital’s proposed healthcare plan are very generous.
The hospital says the proposed plan would be free to eligible employees and their families with access to UCSF Health, Marin General and three other hospitals in the region.
The Unions are still working to find a mutual agreeable contract, but employees don’t feel like they’re being heard, so they’re holding this strike.
The hospital will function without disruption and all departments will remain open during the strike.
It will begin at 6 and go until 4 today.
It is an open-ended strike, as employees are ready to continue until they get what they want.
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