‘Buckle Up’ - Northern California Kaiser RNs ‘To Hold One Of The Largest Private-Sector Nurses Strikes Ever,’ More Than 21,000 Union-Represented Nurses At 21 Kaiser Facilities In Northern California To Strike On November 21st & November 22nd
(NORTHERN CALIFORNIA) - In a historic year for Nurses’ Strikes, more than 21,000 Registered Nurses (RNs) and Nurse Practitioners employed at 21 Kaiser Permanente facilities will hold a two-day Strike on Monday, November 21st and Tuesday, November 22nd to protest the administration’s refusal to address their ongoing concerns about workplace health and safety and chronic short staffing, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced.
The Nurses, who work at 21 Kaiser facilities in Northern California, notified their employer on November 10th that they would Strike, making this one of the biggest Private-Sector Nurses Strikes in U.S. History.
The CNA represents more than 22,000 Nurses employed at 22 Kaiser facilities.
CNA/NNU is the largest and fastest-growing Union and Professional Association of RNs in the Nation with 100,000 Members in more than 200 facilities throughout California and nearly 225,000 RNs nationwide.
The 10-day notice of their Strike follows a nearly unanimous Strike Authorization Vote taken earlier this month. Nurses always give at least 10 days of advance notice to the hospital to allow for alternative plans to be made for patient care.
On September 1st, Nurses at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center joined their Northern California Nurse Colleagues in holding informational pickets.
Kaiser RNS and Nurse Practitioners have been in negotiations for a new contract with little to no movement on key issues, Union Officials said.
The Nurses have been negotiating since June 2022.
The RNs and NPs are urging management to invest in Nursing Staff and agree to a contract that provides: Minimum Staffing Guidelines that ensure safe patient care; Increased hiring and training to end chronic short staffing; and Job protections against Kaiser’s subcontracting and outsourcing plans
“We always want to give our patients the best care, but Kaiser refuses to provide the resources we need to do our jobs safely,” CNA President Cathy Kennedy, an RN in the Neo-Natal ICU Unit at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center, said.
“We are chronically short-staffed, which means patients are waiting longer for care. This is unacceptable and unconscionable when Kaiser made more than ($14 billion) during the first two years of the pandemic,” Kennedy said.
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