California nurses push for a single payer health bill

Most healthcare bills have a hefty price tag attached, but Senate Bill 562 may have one larger than some Californians are willing to take on—an estimated $400 billion a year, according to an analysis from the California Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill, commonly called a “single payer plan,” is being pushed by members of the…

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Union files request with state over Kaiser staffing

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November proved to be one of the most tumultuous months in the now year-and-a-half-long contract negotiations between Kaiser Permanente and its mental health clinicians. Mid-month, the National Union of Healthcare Workers released a 35-page report that made a number of bold claims against Kaiser, including a suggestion that Kaiser violates California laws that ensure mental-health…

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Kaiser employees plan to picket in Richmond

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Forty Richmond Kaiser employees plan to join more than 20,000 Kaiser workers statewide in picketing Thursday to protest administrators’ proposed plan to reduce healthcare and retirement benefits for union workers. About 4,000 Kaiser caregivers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers — including 1,500 psychologists, social workers and optical workers in Northern California —…

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