36K Kaiser workers plan a one-day sympathy strike
The union representing 36,000 Kaiser Permanente employees plans to hold a one-day strike on Thursday to support the International Operations Engineers Union, which has been in northern California since September.
The sympathy strike will begin at 7 am Pacific time and will be held at 21 Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern California, involving optometrists, clinical laboratory scientists, respiratory and X-ray technicians, licensed professional nurses, and certified nursing Assistants, surgical technicians, a press release said, pharmacy technicians, phlebotomists, medical assistants and housekeepers, and other personnel represented by the International Service Employees Union-United Medical Worker West.
“We voted with a 97% advantage for the sympathy strike for Local 39 engineers to help them reach a fair contract. We understand how disrespectful they are to Kaiser’s unfair labor practices,” Kaiser Permanente ultrasound technologist Georgette Bradford Sacramento The medical center said in a press release. “When our unit does not have enough staff to safely take care of patients, we see this situation every day. Caesars is putting its profits on people, which harms the interests of our patients and colleagues.”
Kaiser Permanente stated that it continues to negotiate in good faith with Local 39 Operation Engineers and National Union of Healthcare Workers and believes that it “will reach an agreement with these unions soon.” Earlier Monday, the health system reached a preliminary agreement with the Professional Pharmacists Association of Northern California on a three-year contract that cancelled the strike originally scheduled to begin that day.
“As always, our top priority is our members and patients, and we have taken steps to ensure that in the event of these strikes, they will continue to receive high-quality and safe care and services,” Caesars Medical Institution says In a written statement.
SEIU-UHW will join other unions in the one-day strike, including the Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29 and Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20. NUHW plans to hold a one-day strike on Friday.
Kundera Vaughan, a pharmacy technician at the Kaiser Oakland Medical Center and member of OPEIU Local 29, said at a press conference: “We are embarrassed. Kaiser dragged the engineers on strike for 8 weeks.” “Kaiser should be a labor-friendly health plan. They have lost their way.”
Vote on strike in two days Kaiser Permanente reached an agreement with the Healthcare Alliance Alliance, A coalition of 21 labor organizations, including the California Association of Nurses/Health Care Professionals, Hawaii Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals, to avoid the event scheduled for Monday 50,000 people went on strike.