1,000 unionized nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center vote to ratify new contract with infectious disease protections and workplace violence safety measures
Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC) voted overwhelmingly yesterday in favor of ratifying a new five-year contract, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Association (CNA/NNU) announced. CNA/NNU represents 1,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente LAMC.
Kaiser Permanente LAMC registered nurses were in negotiations for a new contract beginning September 2021 and reached a preliminary agreement on November 17, preventing a two-day strike that was due to begin on Monday, November 21. RN conducted one day strike on patient safety on June 23, 2022 and art information picket on September 1, 2022
“We fought for 14 months to get this new contract and we are happy to have won an agreement that will allow us to recruit and retain nurses,” said Tini Abogado, RN in the Step Down Unit at Kaiser Permanente LAMC. “It means we can give our patients the care they deserve. It was also important that our new contract include protecting the health and safety of nurses and patients and a commitment to address systemic racism in healthcare.
“We are thrilled that our new treaty states that health care is a human right,” Abogado continued. “It also includes language to end racial disparities in health care outcomes and expand the diversity of our health care workforce.”
Highlights of the contract include:
- Health and Safety Regulations to ensure that nurses are provided with the highest level of personal protective equipment, including the requirement to maintain a three-month supply of PPE, screen for infectious diseases and own the same PPE when caring for patients with confirmed or suspected , that they have Covid.
- Comprehensive prevention of workplace violence regulations, including expansion of workplace violence prevention plans; workplace violence incident investigation process and trauma counseling for nurses.
- Investments in education: Increased tuition reimbursement so that nurses can continue to expand their knowledge and skills.
- Economic benefits and health benefits provisions to help retain and recruit experienced nurses, including without take-home pay for pensions or retiree health.
- Equity and Inclusion Provisionsincluding an agreement to address systemic racism in the health care system, CNA demographic reporting, and a commitment to a workplace free of racism and discrimination.
- Patients’ first languageincluding an agreement that health care is a human right and that we must end racial and ethnic disparities in health care outcomes, promote the provision of culturally competent care, and expand the diversity of our health care workforce.
- Stronger ability to organize to improve patient care by receiving an increase in the amount of paid time, elected RN leaders can devote to addressing systemic nursing issues.
Registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 21 Kaiser facilities in Northern California also reached a preliminary agreement on November 17 and will vote to ratify their treaties in the next few weeks.
The California Nurses Association represents more than 22,000 nurses at 22 Kaiser facilities.
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the nation’s largest and fastest growing registered nurse union and professional association with 100,000 members in more than 200 facilities throughout California and nearly 225,000 RNs nationwide.