About 80,000 Kaiser Permanente employees will strike for a week starting on October 14 after accusing their employer of enriching senior executives, raising patient rates and outsourcing jobs, the Kaiser Permanente Coalition announces at the end of monday.
Kaiser Permanente and staff have been going back and forth for more than a year for complaints. Workers will create picket lines at Kaiser Permanente locations such as hospitals and medical offices in California, Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, United Kingdom
that the only way to ensure that our patients receive the best care is to take that step, "said Eric Janes, a radiology technologist at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles in a coalition statement. "Our goal is to get Kaiser to stop unfair practices and get back on track as the best place to work and care. There is no reason for Kaiser to allow a strike when there are resources to invest in patients, communities and workers. "
While Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard J. Tyson said he still hoped to avoid a strike, the organization" is prepared to handle all scenarios to ensure our members are cared for. "
Kaiser Permanente said the latest deal offered to union representatives is better than a separate deal for health workers Health Dignity announced by Employees Employees International Union-United Health Workers West (SEIU-UHW), one of the largest working groups in the Kaiser union coalition, the Kaiser proposal would guarantee a pay raise of 3% each year by 2022 for both Northern and Southern California workers, maintains an existing retirement plan and creates $ 40M Sun.
"While Kaiser Permanente's management team was actively involved in negotiating at the negotiating table today, SEIU-UHW launched a strike announcement ̵
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"To be clear, Kaiser Permanente has submitted a proposal for a contract that will provide an annual salary increase that would keep our employees compensated at higher than market averages and maintain excellent benefits," Kaiser Permanente said in a statement in early August. "Contrary to what the union claims, there are no pay cuts and no changes to the defined retirement benefits of our employees under our proposal."
The Coalition of Unions says it wants a new national agreement, which it will protect middle-class jobs, restore genuine partnership between employees, ensure safe staffing and compassionate use of technology, build a workforce in the future to deal with large shortages of licensed and accredited staff over the coming years.
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"They have the resources," SEIU-UHW spokesman Sean Wurley told FOX Business on Thursday. "They could handle it today. Instead, over the years, their focus has shifted from a community-based non-profit to a one focused on accumulating huge profits and enriching top executives. All the time, they are raising patient rates, underestimating Medicaid patients, and they are attacking the same workers who made the company so successful. "
The announcement of the strike coalition comes as about 49,000 General Motors auto workers continue their walk across states.
This post was updated with a response from Kaiser Permanente.