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Largest private-sector nurses strike averted as 21,000 Northern California Kaiser nurses attain a tentative settlement

Union nurses at 21 Northern California Kaiser Permanente amenities had been set to strike on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 21 and Nov. 22

Greater than 21,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 21 Kaiser Permanente amenities in Northern California, have reached a tentative settlement with administration at this time, averting a two-day strike that was set to start on Monday, Nov. 21, which might have made this the largest private-sector nurses strike in US historical past, introduced California Nurses Affiliation/Nationwide Nurses United (CNA/NNU) at this time.

Kaiser registered nurses and nurse practitioners in Northern California have been in negotiations since June 2022. On Sept. 1, nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Heart (LAMC) joined their Northern California nurse colleagues in holding informational pickets for a complete of greater than 22,000 nurses.

The Northern California RNs and NPs will vote to ratify the brand new four-year contract over the subsequent few weeks. See under for an inventory of amenities.

“We’re very happy with this new contract, which can assist us recruit new nurses and retain skilled RNs and nurse practitioners, stated CNA President Cathy Kennedy, RN within the neonatal ICU at Kaiser Permanente Roseville Medical Heart. “We not solely gained the largest annual raises in 20 years, however we have now additionally added greater than 2,000 positions throughout our Northern California amenities. This may guarantee protected staffing and higher affected person care.”

Highlights of the contract embrace:

  • Well being and security provisions to make sure nurses get the very best degree of private protecting tools, together with the requirement to keep up a three-month stockpile of PPE, screening for infectious illness, and having the identical PPE when caring for sufferers who’re confirmed or suspected of getting Covid.
  • Complete office violence prevention provisions, together with increasing office violence prevention plans to all websites, together with hospitals, clinics, parking buildings, and different websites; An investigation course of for incidents of office violence, and trauma counseling for nurses.
  • Greater than 2,000 new registered nurse and nurse practitioner positions, together with 1,200 new graduate positions, 400 in specialty coaching, 300 float pool nurses, 80 acute reentry nurses, 50 NPs, and 80 outpatient positions.
  • Funding in schooling: Elevated tuition reimbursement for schooling so nurses can proceed to broaden their data and abilities.
  • Financial beneficial properties and well being profit provisions to assist retain and recruit skilled nurses, together with no takeaways for pensions or retiree well being. The settlement consists of wage will increase over 4 years.
  • Fairness and inclusion provisions, together with the creation of a brand new regional Fairness, Range, and Inclusion Committee comprised of two nurses from every facility to handle systemic racism throughout the well being care system, demographic reporting to CNAs, and a dedication to a office free from racism and discrimination.
  • Sufferers first language, together with settlement that well being care is a human proper, and that we should finish racial and ethnic disparities in well being care outcomes, promote the supply of culturally competent care, and broaden the range of our well being care workforce.

“With this new settlement, we’ll create a brand new regional Fairness, Range, and Inclusion Committee to handle systemic racism throughout the well being care system,” continued Kennedy. “It’s a very long time coming. I’m thrilled that Kaiser is dedicated to a office that’s free from racism and discrimination and that Kaiser additionally agrees that we should combat racial and ethnic disparities in well being care outcomes.”

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Heart additionally reached a tentative settlement at this time, and can vote to ratify the contract on Tuesday, Nov. 22.

California Nurses Affiliation represents greater than 22,000 nurses at 22 Kaiser amenities.

East Bay
Antioch Medical Heart4501 Sand Creek Rd., Antioch, CA 94531
Fremont Medical Heart39400 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538
Oakland Medical Heart3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
Richmond Medical Heart901 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA 94801
San Leandro Medical Heart, 2500 Merced St., San Leandro, CA 94577
Vallejo Medical Heart, 975 Sereno Dr., Vallejo, CA 94589
Walnut Creek Medical Heart1425 S. Fundamental St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596

North Bay
San Rafael Medical Heart99 Montecillo Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903
Santa Rosa Medical Heart401 Bicentennial Means, Santa Rosa, CA 95403

San Francisco/South SF
San Francisco Medical Heart2425 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94115
South San Francisco Medical Heart, 1200 El Camino Actual, South San Francisco, CA 94080

Roseville, Sacramento, Vacaville
Roseville Medical Heart1600 Eureka Rd., Roseville, CA 95661
Sacramento Medical Heart2025 Morse Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825
South Sacramento Medical Heart6600 Bruceville Rd., Sacramento, CA 95823
Vacaville Medical Heart1 High quality Dr., Vacaville, CA 95688

South Bay/Peninsula
Redwood Metropolis Medical Heart1100 Veterans Blvd, Redwood Metropolis, CA 94063
San Jose Medical Heart250 Hospital Pkwy., San Jose, CA 95119
Santa Clara Medical Heart700 Lawrence Exp., Santa Clara, CA 95051

Central Valley
Fresno Medical Heart7300 N Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93720
Butter Medical Heart1777 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA 95337
Modesto Medical Heart4601 Dale Rd., Modesto, CA 95356

The California Nurses Affiliation/Nationwide Nurses United is the most important and fastest-growing union {and professional} affiliation of registered nurses within the nation with 100,000 members in additional than 200 amenities all through California and practically 225,000 RNs nationwide.

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