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30K Kaiser Permanente employees to strike over new hire policy

Randy Mancini 59 November 5, 2021
The regional administrative headquarters of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, Dublin, California, March 5, 2018.

The regional administrative headquarters of healthcare provider Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. (Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images)

Kaiser Permanente employees are planning to strike over the health care company’s new hire policy. Earlier this week, more than 30,000 Kaiser workers announced their plans to strike over a proposal that would cut pay for future hires.

Thousands of Kaiser workers from unions across the nation will strike November 15 if the policy isn’t up for renegotiation in the next 10 days.

With new ownership taking over the corporate company, under this policy new hires will be getting paid 25 to 39-percent less than a current employee.

“They have billions of dollars in reserve and they’re still making four point something every month, and they think that we only deserve 1 percent and we’re used to getting three to 4 percent every year,” stated Anna McDanell, a Kaiser pharmacy technician. “So those people are going to come in making 39 percent less than us. How do you think the morale is going to be in the building?” 

32,000 union workers at Kaiser Permanente have given 10-day strike notice. If Kaiser doesn't back off antiunion "two tier" demands and give acceptable raises to workers who risked their lives during a global pandemic, hospitals in five states will shut down on Nov. 15. https://t.co/6k20idz55u

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According to officials, the company will offer current employees a 2 percent raise for now, still not meeting the union’s request of four to 5 percent.

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