About 80,000 Kaiser Permanente employees will strike for a week starting October 14 after accusing their employer of enriching top executives, raising prices for patients and outsourcing jobs, the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions announced late Monday.
Kaiser Permanente and employees have been going back and forth for more than a year on complaints. Workers will set up bar lines at Kaiser Permanent places such as hospitals and medical offices in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, DC
"We believe the only way to ensure that our patients receive the best possible care is to take this step, "said Eric Jines, radiologic technologist at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles, in a coalition statement. "Our goal is to get Kaiser to stop committing unfair labor practices and get back on track as the best place to work and care. There's no reason for Kaiser to strike when it has the resources to invest in patients, community and workers. "
While Kaiser Permanent CEO Bernard J. Tyson said he still hopes to avoid a strike, the organization is preparing to deal with all scenarios to ensure our members are taken care of."
Kaiser Permanente said the latest agreement offered to union officials is better than a separate agreement for Dignity Health workers appointed by Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), one of the largest working groups in the Kaiser coalition. would guarantee a 3% pay rise across the board each year through 2022 for both Northern and Southern California workers, maintain an existing retirement plan, and create a $ 40 million work development fund.
"While the Kaiser Permanente leadership team was actively engaged in negotiations at the negotiating table today, SEIU-UHW issued a strike notice ̵
A patient receives an upper arm vaccination.
"To be clear, Kaiser Permanente has submitted a contract proposal that will provide annual salary increases that will keep our employees compensated above market average and maintain excellent benefits," Kaiser Permanente said in a statement in early August. "Contrary to the union's claims, there are no pay cuts and no changes to our employees' defined pension benefits under our proposal."
The coalition of the unions says it wants a new national agreement to protect middle-class jobs, restore a true partnership for workforce management, secure safe staffing and compassionate use of technology, build future workforce to deal with major project shortcomings with licensed and accredited staff for years to come.
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"They have the resources," SEIU-UHW spokesman Sean Wherley told FOX Business Thursday. "They could solve this today. Instead, the focus has shifted over the years from a community-based nonprofit to one focused on making big profits and enriching top executives. While increasing patient rates, they are underpaying patients on Medicaid and attacking the same workers who have made the company so successful. "
The coalition's announcement of a strike comes as about 49,000 General Motors autoworkers continue a walkout in several states.
This entry has been updated with a response from Kaiser Permanente.