Oregon nurses union sets Nov. 15 strike deadline against Kaiser Permanente

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PORTLAND, Ore., Nov 4 (Reuters) - Union leaders for 3,400 nurses and different aesculapian unit astatine Kaiser Permanente successful Oregon acceptable a Nov. 15 onslaught deadline connected Thursday, threatening a walkout they said would idle immoderate 30,000 workers wide unless declaration talks marque suitable progress.

The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is astatine likelihood with Kaiser implicit the aesculapian network's program for a two-tiered wage strategy featuring a little wage standard for recently hired employees than their much elder colleagues.

The national says specified a strategy would deepen what the nurses picture arsenic a staffing situation successful the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor leaders mention a survey of Kaiser nurses and different healthcare workers that recovered 42% were considering leaving the tract implicit perceptions of mistreatment.

Kaiser ranks arsenic 1 of the nation's largest not-for-profit healthcare networks and managed-care organizations, with astir 12.5 cardinal program members and operating revenues of astir $24 cardinal past quarter.

The wellness web issued a connection saying it was "still hopeful that a labour disruption volition beryllium averted done our continued negotiations."

Kaiser added that its national workforce successful "many areas" of the state gain wages 26% to 38% supra mean marketplace rates, which the national called inaccurate.

The union's rank-and-file voted overwhelmingly connected Oct. 11 to authorize a strike.

"Striking is retired past resort, but it is what we indispensable bash truthful that we tin support our patients, our workers, and our full nationalist healthcare system," national president Jodi Barschow, president of the Oregon Federation of Nurses, said successful a connection announcing the onslaught deadline.

The union's astir 3,400 members successful Oregon and southwestern Washington authorities - registered nurses, caregiver practitioners, doc assistants and laboratory technicians - volition locomotion disconnected the occupation starting 6 a.m. connected Nov. 15 "unless negotiations improve" beforehand, the connection said.

The national said different 32,000 Kaiser workers from affiliated unions would efficaciously articulation the onslaught by refusing to transverse picket lines, and that 8,000 much whitethorn travel soon afterward successful California, Washington, Hawaii and Colorado.

Kaiser operates 64 facilities successful Oregon and southwestern Washington, including 2 hospitals and six urgent-care clinics.

Kaiser and unions representing much than 80,000 healthcare workers successful California and six different states reached a labour declaration successful September 2019 that averted a strike.

The latest standoff comes amid a twelvemonth of labour unrest crossed the United States connected a assortment of fronts, including a United Auto Workers national onslaught against tractor shaper John Deere.

Reporting by Justin Yau successful Portland, Oregon; Editing by Steve Gorman and Gerry Doyle

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