Kaiser nurses to hold informational pickets for nurse and patient safety
More than 22,000 nurses at 22 Kaiser facilities to hold protest on Sept. 1.
More than 22,000 registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 22 Kaiser Permanente facilities will hold informational pickets on Thursday, Sept. 1, to protest the administration’s refusal to address their deep concerns about health and safety and chronic short staffing, announced California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) today. The nurses, who work at 21 Kaiser facilities in Northern California and at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center, notified their employer on Aug. 19 that they would hold an informational picket.
Kaiser registered nurses and nurse practitioners have been in negotiations for a new contract with little to no movement on key issues. The nurses in Northern California have been negotiating since June 2022, and the Los Angeles nurses have been in negotiations since August 2021. The RNs and NPs urge management to invest in nursing staff and agree to a contract that provides:
- Health and safety provisions that address the dangers of infectious diseases
- Workplace violence prevention standards that protect frontline nurses
- Minimum staffing guidelines that ensure safe patient care.
“Kaiser made more than $14 billion during the first two years of the Covid-19 pandemic, and yet we are still struggling with chronic short staffing statewide,” said CNA President Cathy Kennedy, RN in the neonatal ICU at Kaiser Roseville. “We need more nurses to provide the care our patients deserve. There is simply no reason or excuse for nurses to be short staffed this long into the pandemic.”
- Who: 22,000 registered nurses at 22 Kaiser facilities (Northern Calif. and Los Angeles)
- What: Informational picket for patient safety and a fair contract
- When and Where: Thursday, Sept. 1 – See below for specific times and locations.
“You would think that, after two years, nurses would have guaranteed PPE, screening, testing, and necessary sick leave after exposure,” said Tinny Abogado, RN in the transitional care unit at Kaiser Los Angeles. “Sadly, after years putting our lives and communities at risk, Kaiser has still failed to provide those guarantees in our contract.”
“If we’re not safe, you’re not safe,” said Amy Arlund, RN at Kaiser Fresno. “My coworker died because she didn’t have the necessary PPE to do her job. We can’t afford to wait for these protections any longer.”
Thursday, Sept. 1 picket locations and times
Los Angeles Medical Center, 4867 Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90027
Antioch Medical Center, 4501 Sand Creek Rd., Antioch, CA 94531
Fremont Medical Center, 39400 Paseo Padre Parkway, Fremont, CA 94538
Fresno Medical Center, 7300 N Fresno St., Fresno, CA 93720
Manteca Medical Center, 1777 W. Yosemite Ave., Manteca, CA 95337
Modesto Medical Center, 4601 Dale Rd., Modesto, CA 95356
Oakland Medical Center, 3600 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94611
Redwood City Medical Center, 1100 Veterans Blvd, Redwood City, CA 94063
Richmond Medical Center, 901 Nevin Ave., Richmond, CA 94801
Roseville Medical Center, 1600 Eureka Rd., Roseville, CA 95661
Sacramento Medical Center, 2025 Morse Ave., Sacramento, CA 95825
San Francisco Medical Center, 2425 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94115
San Jose Medical Center, 250 Hospital Pkwy., San Jose, CA 95119
San Leandro Medical Center, 2500 Merced St., San Leandro, CA 94577
San Rafael Medical Center, 99 Montecillo Rd., San Rafael, CA 94903
Santa Clara Medical Center, 700 Lawrence Expy., Santa Clara, CA 95051
Santa Rosa Medical Center, 401 Bicentennial Way, Santa Rosa, CA 95403
South Sacramento Medical Center, 6600 Bruceville Rd., Sacramento, CA 95823
South San Francisco Medical Center, 1200 El Camino Real, South San Francisco, CA 94080
Vacaville Medical Center, 1 Quality Dr., Vacaville, CA 95688
Vallejo Medical Center, 975 Sereno Dr., Vallejo, CA 94589
Walnut Creek Medical Center, 1425 S. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the largest and fastest-growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the nation with 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California and more than 175,000 RNs nationwide.