2nd Week of Kaiser Permanente Strike Vote Continues with Big Push Aug. 6 in Sacramento
Unfair Labor Practices Strike Would be Nation’s Largest in Two Decades
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – More than 80,000 Kaiser Permanente workers, including those in Sacramento, are starting their second week of strike authorization votes with a big push from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, 2025 Morse Ave. in Sacramento.
Preparations for the unfair labor practice strike – which would be the nation’s largest in any industry since the Teamsters strike at United Parcel Service in 1997 – began after contract talks stalled July 12. In December 2018, the National Labor Relations Board charged Kaiser Permanente with failing to bargain in good faith. Since then, Kaiser has continued to commit unfair labor practices.
Voting to approve the strike began July 29 for 66,000 workers in California at Kaiser Permanente facilities across the state and will continue into early September at facilities in Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. The strike would start in early October.
“Corporate healthcare is making America sick, and a prime example is Kaiser Permanente, a ‘non-profit’ that has abandoned its mission to serve communities in favor of earning massive profits and enriching top executives,” said Jeff Taylor, a medical assistant at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Sacramento. “It’s those executives and the corporation’s bank account that are thriving as Kaiser raises prices for patients, undermines quality healthcare, refuses to bargain in good faith, and attacks the frontline healthcare workers who have made it successful.”
The previous contract expired Sept. 30, 2018. Workers are fighting to:
Restore a true worker-management partnership, and have Kaiser bargain in good faith;
Ensure safe staffing and compassionate use of technology;
Build the workforce of the future to deal with major projected shortages of licensed and accredited staff in the coming years; and
Protect middle-class jobs with wages and benefits that can support families.
As a non-profit, Kaiser is supposed to directly serve the public interest in exchange for billions in tax breaks. But in recent years, Kaiser has departed from its mission by squeezing out billion-dollar profits, providing excessive compensation to executives – such as $16 million to its CEO – failing to serve its share of low-income patients and attacking Kaiser workers.
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The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions comprises labor unions in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia, representing more than 80,000 Kaiser caregivers. To learn more, visit www.KaiserKeepThriveAlive.com.