Kaiser healthcare workers to go on strike

Kaiser Permanente healthcare employees in southern California despatched a strike recognize to executives on Thursday, notifying them of their intent to commence an open-finished strike beginning Nov. 15 in excess of disputes for a new agreement. 

As a lot of as 28,400 healthcare staff, which includes a significant contingent of nurses, could wander off the career in southern California. Yet another 3,400 are set to strike in Oregon. The strike notices were being despatched from 3 independent unions who are a component of a larger sized umbrella union that bargains as a single.

The get the job done stoppage could pose a significant problem to functions in Kaiser’s southern California sector, where the union associates represent about 37% of the workforce in the location exactly where Kaiser operates 14 hospitals and far more than 200 clinics.   

“We did not want to get to the position exactly where we are hanging,” Peter Sidhu, a union agent at the bargaining desk, mentioned. Sidhu is also a previous Kaiser ICU nurse. “The motive that we’re likely to strike is all about client care, mainly because [we] want to appeal to the greatest good quality nurses.”

In a assertion Friday, Kaiser mentioned labor unions are an crucial part of its record and explained the challenge it faces is the “ever more unaffordable” expense of health care. The process claimed that wages and benefits account for half of its operation expenses.

“We are asking our labor associates to operate with us to deal with this extremely serious issue via an curiosity-centered course of action, just as we have finished with other issues in excess of the system of our partnership,” according to the statement.

Kaiser stated that if a strike happens it will provide in contingency team as needed and affected individual care will continue.

All through negotiation, the two sides could not come to phrases on wages and staffing challenges.  

Workers are opposed to Kaiser’s proposal to institute a two-tier wage framework in which new hires would be compensated on a decrease wage scale in an energy to lower costs. Employees dread it will hinder the system’s potential to bring in and retain best talent, and breed resentment. 

The union is contacting for 4% raises throughout the board every single calendar year for the subsequent three years and bigger collaboration and transparency into staffing amounts and demands across the location. 

It is poised to

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Monday, November 1, 2021 | Kaiser Health News

World Has Lost At Least 5 Million People To Covid

While it’s likely a vast undercount, the official pandemic death toll surpassed 5 million. “When we get out our microscopes, we see that within countries, the most vulnerable have suffered most,” an infectious disease specialist told the AP.


AP:
COVID-19’s Global Death Toll Tops 5 Million In Under 2 Years


The global death toll from COVID-19 topped 5 million on Monday, less than two years into a crisis that has not only devastated poor countries but also humbled wealthy ones with first-rate health care systems. Together, the United States, the European Union, Britain and Brazil — all upper-middle- or high-income countries — account for one-eighth of the world’s population but nearly half of all reported deaths. The U.S. alone has recorded over 740,000 lives lost, more than any other nation. (Johnson, 11/1)


Bloomberg:
Covid Deaths Top 5 Million Even As Vaccines Slash Fatality Rate


More than 5 million people worldwide have died from Covid-19 less than two years after the novel pathogen was first documented, despite the arrival of vaccines that have slashed fatality rates across the globe. The latest 1 million recorded deaths came slower than the previous two. It took more than 110 days to go from 4 million deaths to 5 million, compared to less than 90 days each to reach the 3- and 4-million marks. The rate has returned to what was seen during the first year of the pandemic, when the virus was still taking hold. (Hong, 11/1)


AP:
A World Remembers: Memorials Honor COVID-19’s 5 Million Dead


The Italian city that suffered the brunt of COVID-19’s first deadly wave is dedicating a vivid memorial to the pandemic dead: A grove of trees, creating oxygen in a park opposite the hospital where so many died, unable to breathe. Bergamo, in northern Italy, is among the many communities around the globe dedicating memorials to commemorate lives lost in a pandemic that is nearing the terrible threshold of 5 million confirmed dead. (10/30)

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