The union is calling for a national day of action. The rallies are predominantly focused on California, but the union said it planned a demonstration in Augusta at noon Wednesday and a candlelight vigil at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital in Chicago at 8 p.m.
“If nurses and health care workers aren’t protected, that means patients and the public are not protected,” said Bonnie Castillo, the union’s executive director. “This is a major public health crisis of unknown proportions. Now is not the time to be weakening our standards and protections, or cutting corners. Now is the time we should be stepping up our efforts.”
On Wednesday, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease, told a U.S. House committee the coronavirus pandemic will get worse.
National Nurses United is the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, with more than 150,000 members nationwide.