Strike Averted: Northern California Kaiser Nurses reach tentative agreement
Union nurses at 21 Northern California facilities at Kaiser Permanente are set to strike
ROSEVILLE, Calif. — More than 21,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 21 Kaiser Permanente facilities in Northern California reached a tentative agreement with management today, averting a two-day strike that was scheduled to begin Monday, November 21, and which would have been even larger. Private sector nurses strike in the history of the United States, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Association announced (CNA/NNU) today.
Kaiser registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Northern California have been in negotiations since June 2022. On September 1, nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) joined fellow Northern California nurses in holding a media picket for a total of more than 22,000 nurses.
Northern California RNs and NPs will vote to ratify the new contract over the next few weeks. See below for a list of facilities.
“We are very pleased with this new contract, which will help us hire new nurses and retain experienced nurse practitioners and nurse practitioners,” said CNA Chief Cathy Kennedy, RN in the neonatal intensive care unit at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Center. “Not only did we win the biggest raises.” annually for 20 years, but we’ve also added over 2,000 jobs across our Northern California facilities. This will ensure safe staff and better patient care.”
Highlights of the contract include:
- Health and safety provisions to ensure nurses have access to the highest standard of PPE, including the requirement to maintain a three-month stockpile of PPE, screen for communicable diseases, and have the same PPE when caring for confirmed or suspected patients. Corona virus disease.
- Comprehensive workplace violence prevention provisions, including the expansion of workplace violence prevention plans to all locations, including hospitals, clinics, parking buildings, and other locations; The process of investigating incidents of workplace violence and trauma counseling for nurses.
- More than 2,000 new registered nurse and registered nurse jobs, including 1,200 new graduate positions, 400 in specialized training, 300 floating pool nurses, 80 new acute re-entry nurses, 50 NPs, and 80 outpatient positions.
- Invest in education: Increase tuition reimbursement for education so that nurses can continue to expand their knowledge and skills.
- Economic gains and health benefit provisions to help retain and recruit experienced nurses, including no fast food for pensioners or health for retirees. The agreement includes a wage increase over four years.
- Equity and inclusion provisions, including the creation of a new Regional Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee composed of two nurses from each facility to address systemic racism within the health care system, submission of demographic reporting to CNA, and a commitment to providing a blank workplace. of racism and discrimination.
- Patient first language, including agreement that health care is a human right, that we must end racial and ethnic disparities in health care outcomes, promote culturally competent care delivery, and expand the diversity of our health care workforce.
“Through this new agreement, we will create a new regional Commission on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion to address systemic racism within the health care system,” Kennedy continued. It’s been a long time. I am pleased that Kaiser is committed to a workplace free of racism and discrimination and that Kaiser also agrees that we must fight racial and ethnic disparities in healthcare outcomes.”
Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles reached a preliminary agreement today, and they will vote to certify the contract on Tuesday, November 22.
The California Nurses Association represents more than 22,000 nurses at 22 Kaiser facilities.
Kaiser Facilities Northern California
Roseville, Sacramento, and Vacaville
- Roseville Medical Center, 1600 Eureka Road, Roseville, CA 95661
- Sacramento Medical Center, 2025 Morse Ave. Sacramento, CA 95825
- South Sacramento Medical Center, 6600 Bruceville Rd, Sacramento, CA 95823
- Vacaville Medical Center, 1 Quality Dr., Vacaville, CA 95688
Antioch Medical Center, 4501 Sand Creek Rd., Antioch, CA 94531
Fremont Medical Center, 39400 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538
Oakland Medical Center, 3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
Richmond Medical Center, 901 Nevin Street, Richmond, CA 94801
San Leandro Medical Center, 2500 Merced Street, San Leandro, CA 94577
Vallejo Medical Center, 975 Sereno Dr. Vallejo, CA 94589
Walnut Creek Medical Center, 1425 S. Main, Walnut Creek, CA 94596
San Rafael Medical Center, 99 Monticello Road, San Rafael, CA 94903
Santa Rosa Medical Center, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
San Francisco / South San Francisco
San Francisco Medical Center, 2425 Geary Blvd. San Francisco, California 94115
South San Francisco Medical Center, 1200 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080
South Bay / Peninsula
Redwood City Medical Center, 1100 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063
San Jose Medical Center, 250 Pkwy Hospital, San Jose, CA 95119
Santa Clara Medical Center, 700 Lawrence Expy. Santa Clara, California 95051
Fresno Medical Center, 7300 Fresno Street, Fresno, CA 93720
Manteca Medical Center, 1777 West Yosemite Avenue, Manteca, CA 95337
Modesto Medical Center, 4601 Dale Road, Modesto, CA 95356