SANTA ROSA, Calif. – Monday marked the first day of a week-long hospital strike in the North Bay.
Hundreds of workers lined the sidewalk in front of Santa Rosa’s Memorial Hospital, banging drums, chanting, and waving signs.
Motorists on Montgomery Drive added to the din, honking horns in support.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers represents nursing assistants, radiology and pharmacy technicians, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, and other service employees.
Workers say the timing of the strike, in the shadow of a pandemic, was unavoidable.
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