February 23, 2024
Kaiser Permanente Garfield Specialty Heart in San Diego. Photograph courtesy Kaiser

Healthcare staff for Kaiser Permanente are on the verge of hanging on Monday after the labor contract for 75,000 unionized employees expired.

The union members have voted to authorize a strike to start out Wednesday in what is predicted to be the biggest strike of healthcare employees in United States historical past.

“Our sufferers should not secure and getting the care that they deserve whereas we’re within the staffing disaster,” Datosha Williams, a member of SEIU-United Healthcare Employees West, instructed KTLA. “Us happening strike is us standing as much as Kaiser executives to have them repair and tackle the staffing disaster.”

Progress has been made in negotiations, a spokesperson for Kaiser stated and urged employees to reject requires a strike.

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions warned that employees would strike Wednesday to Friday if a deal was not reached when the unions’ present contract expired Saturday.

Dave Regan, president of SEIU-United Healthcare Employees West, stated Kaiser has did not adequately tackle a staffing disaster that has led to harmful wait occasions for sufferers.

“Kaiser executives refuse to acknowledge how a lot affected person care has deteriorated or how a lot the frontline well being care workforce and sufferers are struggling due to the Kaiser short-staffing disaster,” Regan stated in a press release. “The affected person care disaster can’t be solved except Kaiser executives comply with the regulation by bargaining with well being care employees in good religion, and take dramatic motion now to resolve the disaster by investing in its workforce.”

Kaiser stated its hiring targets this 12 months resulted in additional than 9,700 positions crammed, “and we’re aggressively recruiting to fill extra.”

— Metropolis Information Service