Kaiser strike across the country could impact appointments. When it would begin

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Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees across the country, including in California, plan to go on strike.The strike, involving 75,000 employees, could lead to non-urgent appointments and procedures being rescheduled.According to a release by The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, the strike is to protest unfair labor practices and unsafe staffing levels. The strike is expected to last for three days, and is being touted as the largest health care worker strike in U.S. history.”Kaiser executives are refusing to listen to us and are bargaining in bad faith over the solutions we need to end the Kaiser short-staffing crisis,” said Jessica Cruz, a nurse at a Southern California Kaiser center, in a release.” I see my patients’ frustrations when I have to rush them and hurry on to my next patient. That’s not the care I want to give. We’re burning ourselves out trying to do the jobs of two or three people, and our patients suffer when they can’t get the care they need due to Kaiser’s short-staffing.”A response from Kaiser described the strike as “not inevitable” and “certainly not justified.” The health care provider explained that there is a nationwide struggle for people across the country due to the effects of the pandemic. Those struggles include people who put off care and fewer staff due to increased demand and more burnout.”Health care is still under great stress,” the response read.Despite the stress, Kaiser emphasized that it handled the pandemic’s impacts better than other providers. The reasons it gave include more compensation, better benefits and almost $1 billion in funding for housing, childcare and sick benefits.Kaiser said if a strike happens, hospitals and emergency departments will remain open. The strike is expected to last from 6 a.m. on Oct. 4 to 6 a.m. on Oct. 7.The release from Kaiser said its current offer includes “guaranteed across-the-board wage increases from 12.5-16% over 4 years.” A $23 minimum wage for California, with an increase each year for a four-year contract, is also part of the bargain.A letter sent to Kaiser patients explained that the three-day strike is for some unions in California, Colorado, Oregon and southwest Washington. The strike is expected to be for one day in Virginia and Washington, D.C.Kaiser, in its letter, said it would contact people if appointments need to be rescheduled, and that wait and hold times could be longer.The Colation of Kaiser Permanente Unions represents more than 85,000 health care workers in facilities across California, Colorado, Oregon, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Virginia and Washington.| National Content Below | Missing 9-year-old New York girl found safe

Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente employees across the country, including in California, plan to go on strike.

The strike, involving 75,000 employees, could lead to non-urgent appointments and procedures being rescheduled.

According to a release by The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, the strike is to protest unfair labor practices and unsafe staffing levels. The strike is expected to last for three days, and is being touted as the largest health care worker strike in U.S. history.

“Kaiser executives are refusing to listen to us and are bargaining in bad faith over the solutions we need to end the Kaiser short-staffing crisis,” said Jessica Cruz, a nurse at a Southern California Kaiser center, in a release.” I see my patients’ frustrations when I have to rush them and hurry on to my next patient. That’s not the care I want to give. We’re burning ourselves out trying to do the jobs of two or three people, and our patients suffer when they can’t get the care they need due to Kaiser’s short-staffing.”

A response from Kaiser described the strike as “not inevitable” and “certainly not justified.” The health care provider explained that there is a nationwide struggle for people across the country due to the effects of the pandemic. Those struggles include people who put off care and fewer staff due to increased demand and more burnout.

“Health care is still under great stress,” the response read.

Despite the stress, Kaiser emphasized that it handled the pandemic’s impacts better than other providers. The reasons it gave include more compensation, better benefits and almost $1 billion in funding for housing, childcare and sick benefits.

Kaiser said if a strike happens, hospitals and emergency departments will remain open. The strike is expected to last from 6 a.m. on Oct. 4 to 6 a.m. on Oct. 7.

The release from Kaiser said its current offer includes “guaranteed across-the-board wage increases from 12.5-16% over 4 years.” A $23 minimum wage for California, with an increase each year for a four-year contract, is also part of the bargain.

A letter sent to Kaiser patients explained that the three-day strike is for some unions in California, Colorado, Oregon and southwest Washington. The strike is expected to be for one day in Virginia and Washington, D.C.

Kaiser, in its letter, said it would contact people if appointments need to be rescheduled, and that wait and hold times could be longer.

The Colation of Kaiser Permanente Unions represents more than 85,000 health care workers in facilities across California, Colorado, Oregon, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Virginia and Washington.

| National Content Below | Missing 9-year-old New York girl found safe



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