The 1,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles plan to go on strike Thursday over patient care and staff shortages, their union said Wednesday.
The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has been negotiating a new contract with Kaiser Permanente since September, the union said. The union said nurses have asked the organization to provide more supplies, such as syringes and kits used to start IVs, and to invest more in nurses and support staff.
Kaiser Permanente could not be contacted for comment.
“Over the past four months, we have seen 50 nurses leave our hospital due to poor working conditions that jeopardize patient care,” RN Tinny Abogado, who has worked at the medical center for 20 years, said in a press release. . “Nurses leave because they work 12-hour days without a break. They’re reaching for supplies, and they’re just not there.”
Violet Galinato, another registered nurse at the facility, said nurses often have to take on jobs as certified nurse assistants, caterers and housekeepers because the hospital lacks support staff.
“Taking valuable time away from care is unfair to our patients,” Galinato said.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, unions representing Kaiser Permanente workers held a number of labor actions on wages and safety issues. In November, the organization was able to strike a deal with the Alliance of Health Workers Unions, a coalition of 21 unions that avoided strikes by more than 50,000 workers.