‘We are scared to come to work’: Union at 11 Tenet hospitals OKs strike

Tenet stated its hospitals will remain completely functional if a strike happens.

” We are scared to come to work knowing we are at terrific threat of direct exposure to COVID-19,” Gisella Thomas, a respiratory therapist at Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs, said in a news release. “We wish to work with management at our healthcare facilities to increase protections for our health, our patients health, our families health and the health of our communities. We have actually put forth a pandemic security proposition that attends to issues employees are worried about, like staffing, PPE and increased COVID-19 screening for workers.”.

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Workers at 11 Tenet Healthcare hospitals in California have actually voted to license a strike over contract settlements, according to union and Tenet authorities..

Mr. Burke said Tenet is disappointed about the unions strike authorization vote, particularly in the middle of the pandemic, and that every protocol in the companys COVID-19 reaction “has actually been constructed around the safety of our clients and personnel and in compliance with CDC standards and state orders.”.

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A complete list of medical facilities with union members covered by the vote is available here.

The vote does not suggest a strike will occur. However it authorizes the union to provide a 10-day strike notification to Tenet if it so selects..

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SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West said 4,300 workers at the 11 facilities owned by Dallas-based Tenet are prepared to strike to promote for a contract that ensures sufficient individual protective devices and staffing, in addition to clear security procedures, amid the pandemic. They look for defenses that go even more than very little federal standards and contend Tenet has rejected many of the unions propositions on pandemic safety.

Despite the unions contention, Tenet is working out in good faith, has actually reached an arrangement with the union on more than 40 non-economic items, and is awaiting the unions action on more than 30 propositions, Todd Burke, communications director for Tenets California health centers, told Beckers.

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Tenet and SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West have actually remained in agreement settlements considering that May.

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” We are actively negotiating with the union, [and] our negotiations have not broken down and we have not received the needed 10-day strike notice from the union,” he said.