The union for tens of hundreds of employees at Kaiser Permanente stated it could maintain a one-week strike beginning Nov. 1, following up on its latest 3-day strike.
An announcement by the union on Monday stated it had served the corporate official discover of the potential motion on Nov. 1, when a contract protecting employees in Seattle expires.
Final Wednesday, 75,000 nurses, medical technicians and help workers at a whole lot of Kaiser hospitals and clinics walked off their jobs in California and different states for 72 hours within the greatest ever U.S. healthcare strike.
The strike drew to an in depth on Friday as each side agreed to renew stalled contract talks this week, whereas union officers warned of potential additional walkouts if their calls for weren’t met.
The labor conflict has centered on employees’ calls for for higher pay and measures to alleviate persistent staffing shortages and excessive turnover of personnel that union officers say has undermined affected person care at Kaiser.
The Seattle contract, which expires on Oct. 31, would add one other 3,000 healthcare employees to the strike strains. The employees have requested the corporate to rent extra, saying there’s a harmful staffing disaster.
The strike would start at 6 a.m. native time on Nov. 1 and proceed till 6 a.m. on Nov. 8, the union stated.
The potential strike would additionally contain employees from Kaiser services in California, Colorado, Oregon, Virginia, and Washington state.