Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers protest for more support, pay during pandemic

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Healthcare workers at 29 Kaiser Permanente facilities across California are scheduled to hold protests demanding recognition and additional support during the pandemic, weeks after the medical system slashed performance sharing bonuses, despite posting $6.4 billion in profits during the last year.

SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West hosted a picket Wednesday at the Oakland medical center. Protests will continue throughout March and April at various locations statewide.

“There’s a disconnect between the thinking of Kaiser executives and the experience of frontline workers,” Kaiser Vacaville nurse Donna Norton said in a statement. “Workplace exposures have kept us home, as has the traumatic toll of working through this pandemic. So many caregivers have been physically exhausted from taking on extra shifts week after week and are mentally worn down. We need extra support from our employer right now, not less.”
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