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Oregon Nurses Not Expected To Join Ebola Strike

Nurses in about 14 states are scheduled to start a two-day strike on Tuesday for tougher Ebola precautions. But not in Oregon.

is organizing strikes across the nation, asking for better safety protocols and more training for staff who may have to use the cumbersome Ebola protection suits.

At 66 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in California, for example, 18,000 nurses are expected to take part.

But a lawyer for the , Alan Yoder, says local nurses aren't participating: "Here in Oregon I think we've been directly involved about discussions about preparedness, what levels of training that we need, what facilities we should be using, and what equipment the care givers should be provided. I mean we've been having these conversations both with our facilities and the Oregon Hospital Association."

The nation’s second-largest nurses’ union, the AFT, also won't strike. It just launched an Ebola Hotline to help ensure healthcare workers get proper equipment and training.

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