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Union Calls For Work Stoppage Against Kaiser Permanente

Discussion in 'General Discussions' started by LPH, Jan 29, 2012.

  1. LPH

    LPH Flight Director Flight Instructor

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    National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) has called for a work stoppage on January 31, 2012.

    List of issues include:


     
  2. LPH

    LPH Flight Director Flight Instructor

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    Kaiser Permanente replies:

    Your well-being is our top priority

    Kaiser Permanente facilities in Southern California are open during the January 31 work stoppage

    The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), which represents only about 2,500 of our 55,000 employees in Southern California, has informed us that it will conduct a limited, one-day work stoppage and picketing activities on Tuesday, January 31.

    Our first priority is your safety and care. We’ve taken steps to ensure you will continue to receive high-quality care and service from a team of experienced doctors and other clinicians. Kaiser Permanente medical centers and medical offices will remain open during the work stoppage, including our hospitals, Emergency Departments, Urgent Care Departments, primary and specialty care departments, pharmacies, and laboratories.

    While some appointments and elective procedures may have to be rescheduled, we don’t anticipate that these labor actions will have a significant impact on our ability to deliver care and service to you.

    The January 31 work-stoppage and picketing activities by NUHW will primarily impact our Los Angeles Medical Center hospital. The American Federation of Nurses (who work exclusively at that location) and employees of the Psych-Social Workers Chapter and Health Care Professionals Unit will be participating in both of these labor activities.

    Additionally, the Psych-Social Workers and Health Care Professionals, who work elsewhere throughout Southern California, will conduct a work stoppage, but picket exclusively at our Downey, Fontana, San Diego, and Woodland Hills locations.

    Psych-social workers include social workers, counselors, therapists, and case managers. Health care professionals include dietitians, audiologists, speech therapists, and health educators.

    We’re in contract negotiations with NUHW and we continue to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement soon. While we recognize NUHW’s legal right to conduct a work stoppage, we believe the best place to resolve differences and come to an agreement is back at the bargaining table.

    We sincerely thank you for your understanding as these negotiations continue.

    For more information, visit kp.org.
     
  3. Robert Heiny

    Robert Heiny Research Scientist of Learning and Education Flight Instructor

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    This may represent Kaiser's position, but what's the union's reason for stopping work?
     
  4. LPH

    LPH Flight Director Flight Instructor

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  5. Robert Heiny

    Robert Heiny Research Scientist of Learning and Education Flight Instructor

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    Sounds reasonable. Healthcare costs are rising. That's an expense, in part due to rising employee pay and benefits. Why shouldn't an employer be able to reduce their costs any legal way they see to do so?
     

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