Kaiser Permanente in a West Coast state and Northern city has been the site of a picket daily for 62 days. Stationary engineer Sal Fonseca and about 20 of his coworkers have joined together during this strike.
Kaiser Strike With Ranks Growing in Support
Though on Thursday morning, the ranks have swelled as members of three unions have joined them. This is part of a two-day sympathy strike at Kaiser Permanente’s South Sacramento Medical Center. Three unions have joined the strikes. Plus many workers that represent the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West. They stood out in the crowd of approximately about 300 with their signature purple T-shirts. Plus, they have waved signs that say, “Heroes are treated like zeros” and “We support Local 39,” and they cheered as passing motorists honked their horns in support. “Praise God! Hallelujah! Moreover, this is awesome,” said Fonseca, one of about 700 members of Stationary Engineers Local 39 in Northern California.
“This is awesome. Praise God! Hallelujah!” said Fonseca, one of about 700 members of Stationary Engineers Local 39 in Northern California. “It’s awesome. We appreciate it. In fact, they appreciate SEIU-UHW — and all the people that come out on their days off. In fact, do appreciate their sacrifice. Thank you so much.”
Moreover, the sympathy strike is the largest in the country. It is according to SEIU-UHW. Moreover, while the Kaiser has been telling the public that is negotiating in good faith. Moreover, Fonesca said, the company negotiators have thus refused over the course of much of the strike to sit down. Then, they discuss wages and pensions.
No Movement in Negotiations
On Thursday, a statement was released. Kaiser executive Michelle Gaskill-Hames did say. “Moreover, it is after many hours on which bargaining did take place on Tuesday and Wednesday. In fact, there is no movement in negotiations with Local 39. Therefore, the union insists it is to then receive much more. In some cases, there are nearly two times more, than other union agreements covering Kaiser Permanente employees.” The overall compensation as the Kaiser’s proposal is for Local 39 engineers. This is among the highest in their profession. They are at average of more than $180,000 in total wages and benefits, said Gaskill-Hames. She is a senior vice president of hospital and health plan operations for Kaiser Permanente Northern California.