We’re striking Kaiser Tuesday, January 31st

January 20th, 2012

Tuesday, 4,000 NUHW members in all five NUHW bargaining units at Kaiser gave notice to Kaiser Permanente that NUHW will go on a one-day strike on January 31st if Kaiser continues to commit unfair labor practices and refuses to bargain in good faith with us.

Today, 17,000 RNs represented by the CNA gave notice to Kaiser Permanente that they will be striking in sympathy with us and joining NUHW on the picket line.

We are letting Kaiser management know that it’s time to take their greedy takeaways off the table and settle a contract that protects our patients and our benefits.

We’re serious about winning victories for ourselves and our patients. In the last months, we’ve filed a complaint with the Department of Managed Health Care blowing the whistle on Kaiser’s failure to deliver timely care to mental health patients. NUHW members have also led the way fighting unfair rate hikes at Kaiser, which has made $5.6 billion in profits since 2009.

We want all Kaiser workers to know their rights with regard to our strike. Here’s a web page with leaflets about our strike including important information for all Service and Tech workers and a page about workers’ right to join us on the picket line.

For workers in the San Francisco Bay Area we also are having a warm up for our strike protesting Kaiser President Bernard Tyson on January 26th at the San Francisco Hyatt (BART, Embarcadaro) 5:30-8:00pm. Here’s a leaflet you can share with your co-workers and an online sign up sheet where you can RSVP.

In the days to come you can expect more major announcements from NUHW regarding our strike. Please share this information with your co-workers. We’re showing Kaiser management that healthcare workers are more united than ever to fight back for our patients and win a fair contract.

Sincerely,

LaNeta Fitzhugh,
RN, Kaiser LAMC
Gloria Villasenor, Optician, Kaiser Union City 

National Union of Healthcare Workers 

PS. NUHW members in Southern California have created this wall calender that you can hang in your workstation. Print it and share it with your co-workers today.