More than 60,000 Kaiser Permanente employees vote to license strike

More than 60,000 Kaiser Permanente workers vote to authorize strike

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More than 60,000 health-care employees on Thursday voted to license a strike versus Kaiser Permanente if a contract is not reached when their present agreement endsSept 30.

Members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West voted 98% in favor of a strike over problems that pay has actually not equaled inflation and understaffing has actually resulted in long haul times and the disregard of clients.

The California union’s more than 57,000 members consist of medical assistants, surgical professionals and social employees to name a few health-care specialists.

Some 4,000 health-care employees in Oregon and Washington state voted to license strikes versus Kaiser later onThursday In Colorado, 3,000 employees licensed strikes versus Kaiser recently.

The labor groups become part of an umbrella company called the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions that represents 85,000 health-care employees in overall. The union states the strikes, must they happen, would be the biggest by health-care employees in U.S. history.

Kaiser Permanente is among the biggest not-for-profit health insurance in the U.S. with almost 13 million members. It runs 39 medical facilities and more than 600 medical workplaces throughout 8 states and Washington, D.C.

The union went into agreement settlements with Kaiser Permanente inApril The unions’ last agreement was worked out in 2019 prior to the Covid-19 pandemic pressed the country’s health-care system to the verge. There is a last nationwide bargaining session arranged forSept 21-22

Dave Regan, president of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, stated Kaiser has actually stopped working to work out in great faith and its propositions would make staffing issues even worse.

“Nearly 60,000 frontline workers at Kaiser facilities have overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike because we will simply not stand by as Kaiser violates the law and puts patients at risk,” Regan stated in a declaration Thursday.

Kaiser Permanente, in a declaration Thursday, called the unions’ claims misguiding and advised staff members to withstand any require a real strike. Kaiser stated it has a detailed strategy in location to make sure ongoing access to healthcare must a strike happen.

In late August, Kaiser called the strike risks “disappointing” and stated union claims that it has actually not acted in great faith are “unfounded and counterproductive.”