Navigation Links
Contract Talks for 1,800 Security Officers at Kaiser Permanente Break Down - Major Cuts to Worker Healthcare are at Issue
Date:7/1/2009

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- At a bargaining session yesterday with SEIU Property Services Division, the union representing 1,800 security officers at Kaiser Permanente facilities in California and the rest of the nation, talks with Kaiser's security contractor Securitas ended when the contractor refused to restore the affordable healthcare coverage officers had had at the start of the year. Bargaining broke down Tuesday evening as Securitas rejected efforts to negotiate improvements to the officers' health insurance coverage, and offered a meager 10 cent per hour pay raise.

Healthcare benefits were slashed in February when Securitas was awarded Kaiser's security contract, making routine doctor's visits, preventative care, medications, and other basic health services unaffordable for many officers and their families.

"Kaiser Permanente wants to be seen as a leader in the movement for national health care reform, yet they sit quietly by while their contractor cuts healthcare for the security officers who protect their facilities," said Tom Balanoff, SEIU International Vice President. "It is disappointing that our talks broke down over the most basic aspects of providing good, safe jobs and fair benefits to valuable employees of the nation's largest non-profit health system."

No new bargaining dates have been set, and a labor peace agreement between SEIU and Securitas is set to expire on July 15. Over the past few months, as officers have been speaking out against the healthcare cuts, the company has been conducting illegal surveillance of them. Thus, the security officers vowed to vote soon on whether or not to authorize their bargaining committee to call an unfair labor practice strike, and pledged to continue ongoing pickets outside of Kaiser hospitals.

"It's a slap in the face that they didn't give us any movement on our healthcare, and offered just a 10-cent raise to our pay," said Julia Benavente, a member of the Bargaining Committee. Julia protects the Kaiser Permanente Manteca Medical Center, yet the new healthcare costs have forced her to skip daily medications and routine blood tests to manage her diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. "I am very upset, but we officers are coming together to show that we are ready to fight for respect and for our families."

The security officers at Kaiser facilities are paid as little as $21,600 per year -- far short of the $54,000 per year the Economic Policy Institute reports it would take to support a family of four in California. Not only are officers paid poverty wages, but Securitas' health insurance plan has drastically increased healthcare costs for the workers. Out-of-pocket costs for prescription medicines have tripled, and copayments for doctor visits have doubled.

"I come to work every day in fear -- hoping that I don't get sick, that my children don't get sick," says William Seals, a Bargaining Committee member who has protected Kaiser facilities for 13 years. "Kaiser says that they are all about 'thriving' and staying healthy, but how can my family do that if I can't afford my healthcare?"

Approximately 1,500 security officers who guard Kaiser facilities in California, and more than 300 in other states, have been leading a national movement to turn dead-end private security jobs into good jobs you can raise a family on. Private security is one of America's fastest-growing industries today, often characterized by low wages and inadequate training.

Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Property Service Division represents 300,000 janitors, security officers, airport service workers, and other property service workers across the country, including more than 40,000 in California who are members of SEIU United Service Workers West. SEIU is the fastest growing labor union in the Americas with more than 2 million members.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Service Employees International Union
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Two Flight Surgeons Supporting Wyles Bioastronautics Contract Selected for New Astronaut Class
2. XLHealth Appoints New Vice President of Contracting and Provider Relations
3. Perot Systems Wins Over $119 Million CDC Contract
4. Health Robotics Announces i.v.STATION(TM) Contract With Grifols in Spain, Portugal and South America
5. SensoTech Awarded Wireless Temperature Monitoring Contract By Amerinet
6. Heritage Summit HealthCare Inc. Contracts with Mayo Clinic for Workers Compensation Care
7. MedAssets Awards MEDmarketplace.com Contract for Idle Capital Equipment, Hospital Equipment and Supplies
8. Apria Healthcare Awards Technology Solutions Contract to Perot Systems
9. HCCA Web Conference Offers Forum on Medicares Nationwide Rollout of the Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) Program
10. Herley Receives a $1.2 Million Contract Award for Complex Integrated Microwave Assemblies for U.S. Electronic Attack Aircraft
11. Sean Hurley Joins Ameritox as Vice President for Insurance and Managed Care Contracting
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/27/2016)... ... 2016 , ... TopConsumerReviews.com recently awarded their highest five-star rating to Best Buy ... in the United States and Canada wear eyeglasses. Once considered to be a purely ... make a fashion statement. Even celebrities use glasses as a way of creating an ...
(Date:6/26/2016)... ... ... Kasmer, a legally blind and certified personal trainer is helping to develop a weight loss ... plans to fix the two major problems leading the fitness industry today:, ... , They don’t eliminate all the reasons people quit their exercise program ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... "With 30 hand-drawn ... specific project," said Christina Austin - CEO of Pixel Film Studios. , ProHand ... all within Final Cut Pro X . Simply select a ProHand generator and ...
(Date:6/25/2016)... , ... June 25, 2016 , ... Conventional wisdom preaches ... success. In terms of the latter, setting the bar too high can result in ... than just slow progress toward their goal. , Research from PsychTests.com ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dallas, Texas (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 ... ... 12th International Conference and Scientific Sessions in Dallas that it will receive two ... Announcement of the grants came as PHA marked its 25th anniversary by recognizing ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/24/2016)... Dublin ... of the " Global Markets for Spectroscopy Equipment" ... This report focuses on the global ... including its applications in various applications. The report deals ... three main industries: pharmaceutical and biotechnology, food and beverage, ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... -- The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy (AMCP) today ... allow biopharmaceutical companies to more easily share health care ... coverage decisions, a move that addresses the growing need ... The recommendations address restrictions in the sharing of product ... a prohibition that hinders decision makers from accessing HCEI ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... SAN CLEMENTE, Calif. , June 24, 2016  American ... function testing company, is now able to perform sophisticated lung assessments ... ndd Medical Technologies , Inc. Patients are no ...  Thanks to ndd,s EasyOne PRO ® , ARL patients like Jeanne ... needed testing done in the comfort of her own home. ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: