They want to form a union. The guards work for Inter-Con, a vendor that provides security for Kaiser. Faith Culbreath is with the Service Employees International Union which is trying to organize the workers.
"The security officers are just basically standing up for their rights and saying ‘look we want a union contract, we want the wages and the benefits that we deserve and so we have to go on strike to let them know that we’re willing to do whatever is necessary.’"
The three-day strike will also impact Kaiser facilities in Modesto and the Bay Area.
Kaiser officials say they’re neutral in the dispute and that the strike is not expected to have any impact on patient care or on the safety of hospitals.
Inter-Con did not return our request for comment.