Nurses at California-based Kaiser Permanente, once known for having one of the country’s better labor-management structures, are preparing to go on strike.
The 34,000 health care workers say they risked their lives during the pandemic but are angry at what they say are low raises and steep pay cuts of 26 percent for new employees.
They plan to walk out Monday, the Guardian reported.
“It’s a slap in the face,” said Semanu Mawugbe, a Kaiser nurse in Los Angeles, said of management’s offer of a 1 percent raise for three years and slashed pay for new hires.
“They tell us we’re heroes and we’re much appreciated because of everything we did during the pandemic,” he told the Guardian. “But their offer shows they don’t mean it. We’re the ones who sustained the hospitals and took care of the sick like it’s a war zone.”
The unions say Kaiser is seeking to squeeze wages when the nonprofit is doing well, with $45 billion in cash reserves and $6.8 billion in operating profits over the last three years.