Improving Our Attendance To Secure Our Next Psp
With our PSP this year, Kaiser wrongly penalized caregivers for missing days due to COVID-related absences. While we are still fighting that, we are also pushing forward to get our maximum payout next year in our PSP.
Heres how we do this: 15% of our PSP is dependent on our collective ability to improve our attendance. If we all do 1/2 day less sick leave in the 2nd half of this year than we did last year during the height of the pandemic, we can get our maximum PSP next year.
Did you know you can turn unused sick leave into cash?
If you have one years worth in the bank, you can cash out 10 days a year . Thats an extra week and a half of pay! Or, if you plan on being here till retirement, you can convert 80% of your unused sick leave into your Health Retirement Account to pay out of pocket healthcare costs when you retire.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Schedule Your Flu Shot Today
Youve got good times ahead. Enjoy them flu free by scheduling your flu shot appointment.
Dinner dates. Back to school. Lots and lots of hugs. The COVID-19 vaccine makes moments like these much safer. But it doesnt make us any safer from the yearly flu virus. The flu shot is a safe, effective way to protect what you love. Even better, its oh-so simple to get one.
Kaiser Permanente offers appointments easy ways for you to get a flu shot:
You will always be offered a flu shot at any primary or specialty care appointment.
Your health and safety are our top priority and we want to make sure that you get the care you need while staying safe. Were taking the following precautions to ensure your safety in our facilities:
Everyone, ages 2 and up, must wear a mask at all times in our medical centers, and social distancing protocols are in place. We thoroughly sanitize all surfaces in our facilities especially in the Pharmacy, Laboratory, and Radiology departments, plus all reception desks and waiting rooms.
If you have any questions about where you can receive a flu shot or how we are keeping our facilities and members safe, please call our 24/7 appointments and advice line 1-800-777-7904 .
Regional Reduction In Force Bargaining Tables
Business Representatives Grade 6 Central Patient Financial Operations
We are finalizing the agreement for the rebid plan for the 5 new Grade 7 positions and the training for those going into a new position. All 5 affected Grade 6 Business Representatives will maintain a position.
Member Services Health Plan Representatives & Sr. Health Plan Representatives
Kaiser will be closing 30 of 52 member services locations. Kaiser has agreed to 47 positions for member services. We are finalizing the position locations available to all affected Health Plan Representatives and Sr. Health Plan Representatives that are within 45 miles of their current work location. We are also negotiating virtual work for those who dont have a location available within 45 miles and post bargaining check-ins after the 22 remaining member services locations re-open to monitor work volumes and equitable distribution. Each affected member will be contacted to review their location options. This will result in every affected member having a position.
Patient Care Technicians Oakland Medical Center
The next action will be a Candlelight Vigil at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center on Thursday, June 17 at 7:30 pm 9 pm.
Another action will occur on Wednesday, June 30 in front of Kaiser headquarters in Oakland details to come.
Admitting/Bed Control Admitting Representatives & Sr. Admitting Representatives
Patient Transportation Support Service Representatives Diablo
Thursday, June 3, 2021
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Services Available For Members:
- iFOBT kit or colonoscopy* scheduling
- Center for Health Living class registration
- kp.org registration
*Most features are available only to members receiving care at Kaiser Permanente medical facilities.
Kaiser Permanente health plans around the country: Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc., in Northern and Southern California and Hawaii Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Colorado Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Georgia, Inc., Nine Piedmont Center, 3495 Piedmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30305, 404-364-7000 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Mid-Atlantic States, Inc., in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., 2101 E. Jefferson St., Rockville, MD 20852 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of the Northwest, 500 NE Multnomah St., Suite 100, Portland, OR 97232 Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington or Kaiser Foundation Health Plan of Washington Options, Inc., 1300 SW 27th St., Renton, WA 98057
Get The Best Defense Against The Flu In Southern California
If youre a parent, youre always taking care of others. From calming a crying baby and making school lunches to creating Halloween costumes with your kids you dont have much time to relax. And you certainly cant afford to be sick. Thats why its so important to take care of yourself and protect yourself from the flu…. Read More >
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Major Win For Patient Care Techs
After months of exposing the serious consequences of short staffing at Kaiser Oakland to executives, the media, and the public, Kaiser brought back 15 more patient care tech positions in addition to the six of us theyve already called back!
In the coming weeks, we will be working with Kaiser management to make sure they place the remaining seven patient care techs back into their positions. We feel confident that they will, and if they dont, well get back up and fight again!
Our unity across Kaiser has got us here. While we celebrate our progress, the struggle for patient safety and respect for all Kaiser workers continues.
In Southern California, Kaiser is using the pandemic as an excuse to outsource good local jobs and short-change patients by contracting out call center workers to an out of state company in Georgia.
Lets keep fighting and standing together to demand Kaiser stop outsourcing call center jobs out of our state!
Join our picket at Kaiser Woodland HillsTues, July 20Kaiser Woodland Hills 5601 Desoto Ave.
Thursday, June 24, 2021
What To Expect At A Drive
Most drive-through flu shot clinics will be set up with a similar series of stations. Heres what you can generally expect:
Many clinics will have signs posted across the clinic campus or parking lot, directing you to drive to the location where you need to line up.
While you stay in your car, a clinic team member will ask you a series of screening questions. Theyll also likely check your temperature.
A clinic team member will then verify your information and insurance, and take any paperwork youve filled out. If you dont have insurance, this will be when you pay for your flu shot. Then theyll direct you to the next station.
A healthcare professional like a pharmacist, nurse, or another healthcare professional will review your flu form and provide you your flu shot. They may ask you to open your car door for easier access, especially if you or someone else in your car has difficulty with vaccines.
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Extended Herpes Zoster Vaccine Effectiveness In A Health Maintenance Organization
The objectives of this study are to conduct a retrospective cohort study to evaluate the long-term effectiveness of the zoster vaccine for preventing HZ and PHN among persons 60 years of age or older. Understanding the long-term duration of vaccine effectiveness will be critical for monitoring impact of the zoster vaccination program, as well as for informing policy decisions that the ACIP will face, such as the consideration of a booster dose, and determining the optimum age to begin vaccination.
Effectiveness Of Pneumococcal Vaccination To Prevent Hospitalized All
The objectives of this study are to estimate the incidence of invasive pneumococcal disease , pneumococcal pneumonia , all-cause pneumonia, and lower respiratory tract infections by Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices -defined risk profile in adults =18 years.
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Southern California Lvn Extra Shift Incentive
With the increase in patient census, there is an increased demand for staffing. We came to an agreement with Kaiser to temporarily offer an Extra Shift Incentive from 7am August 9th, 2021 to 7am October 31st, 2021. Here are some key things to note:1. An additional shift is defined as hours worked in the care of patients that is in excess of:
- 36hrs in 1 work week for 0.9 Full Time Employee
- 40hrs in 1 work week for 1.0 Full Time Employee
- 48hrs in 1 work week for 1.05 Full Time Employees that is regularly scheduled for four 12hr shifts in one work week.
- For part-time and per diem staff: a minimum of 24hrs must first be worked in the work week before being eligible for the incentive.
** Nonproductive hours dont count toward eligibility
2. If you sign up for and are needed to work additional shifts, for which you are not regularly scheduled, you will be eligible for the following:
- $100 for each additional 4hr shift
- $200 for each additional 8hr shift
- $250 for each additional 10hr shift
- $300 for each additional 12hr shift
3. Once your extra shift has been confirmed on the work schedule, you cannot be cancelled.
If you have any questions, reach out to your steward, contract specialist, or rep.
Thursday, August 5, 2021
The Staffing Shortage At Kaiser
Those of us working with patients every day know that this is true. We are working crazy hours, cant get a vacation and feel like we cant safely care for so many patients with so few staff. We know we need help.
Kaiser has reached out to us about their plan to bring in up to 1,250 registry student nurses, LVNs, medical assistants, radiology techs and lab assistants and others to assist with COVID and flu vaccination, COVID testing and COVID patient care.
We have heard from many members who are eager to get help as the staffing situation is dire at work. But while we welcome the help, we also need to make sure Kaiser is offering opportunities to current employees and trying to hire more staff:
We do need help, but we also need respect. Whats frustrating is that Kaiser is willing to pay big bucks to registry companies and towards hiring bonuses for people who have never set foot in Kaiser, but are unwilling to provide any financial incentives to the people who have been on the front line against COVID every day in Kaiser hospitals and have reached a breaking point!
Its short sighted, its disrespectful and its unacceptable. Clearly Kaiser is taking us for granted and its time we get their attention. Stay tuned for actions that are being organized in your area.
Thursday, September 2, 2021
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When Should I Get My Booster
This depends on which shot youve already gotten.
If you are 16 or older and received the Pfizer or Moderna shots, the CDC recommends you wait six months after your second shot before getting your booster.
If you got Johnson & Johnson, the CDC recommends you wait two months after your initial J& J shot before getting a booster.
New Vaccination Requirements For Healthcare Workers
Today, Governor Newsom announced the state will be requiring healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as of September 30 . Additionally, to better protect workers and patients, effective August 11, visitors will be required to be fully vaccinated or provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test. Visitors will need to be fully masked regardless of vaccination status .The state mandate comes two days after Kaisers announcement that it will be requiring all employees to be vaccinated as of September 30 or apply for a medical or religious exemption.
Throughout the pandemic, SEIU-UHWs number one priority has been to keep healthcare workers, our families, and our patients safe. Thats why we have consistently encouraged everyone to get the COVID-19 vaccine, which has been proven safe and highly effective in reducing severe illness from the virus.
The Delta variant is by far the most serious threat weve faced and is as easily transmitted as chickenpox. With hospitalizations dramatically rising again and given our unique and indispensable role, we understand why frontline healthcare workers are being required to once again rise to the occasion and be the first line of defense in this unprecedented fight.
What this means for us at KaiserThere remain many unanswered questions about both the state and Kaiser mandates, but heres some of what we know about Kaisers plan:
- long overdue bonuses
Monday, July 19, 2021
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Easy Ways To Get Your No
Visit kp.org/mydoctor/flu and enter your location to see which options are available to you.
- Walk in to an indoor flu clinic operating at certain Kaiser Permanente medical centers without an appointment. You can also ask about getting the flu vaccine during your doctors visit.
- Visit a participating retail pharmacy with no appointment needed. Flu vaccines are available at the below retailers from . All you need is your photo ID and Kaiser Permanente member ID.
Reminder: State Vaccination Requirement Deadlines
- All healthcare workers must have provided proof of full vaccination or have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons. Anyone who does not upload their vaccination card to HRConnect by Aug 23, 2021 will be considered unvaccinated and subject to mandatory testing .
- All healthcare workers must have provided proof of full vaccination or have an approved exemption for medical or religious reasons. Kaiser workers who do not meet these requirements will be placed on a 45 day unpaid leave of absence. Kaiser says they will terminate employees who are not fully vaccinated or granted an exemption by the end of the 45 day leave.
Kaiser Vaccine PolicyOur Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, including SEIU-UHW, has been meeting with Kaiser to get clarity on how the new Kaiser policy and the California Dept of Public Health mandate will be implemented. to get answers to the most commonly asked questions.
Latest news on booster shotsU.S. health officials announced plans to begin giving booster shots for people who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines eight months after receiving their second dose. The recommended booster doses are intended to increase protection against the highly contagious Delta variant and will start Sept. 20 with healthcare workers, nursing home residents, and other older Americans. Boosters are not part of the current mandate for healthcare workers but will be available soon.
Tuesday, August 17, 2021
Friday, August 13, 2021
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Flu Shots Available Starting September 1 By Appointment Only
Stopping the spread is important, now more than ever. The flu can be dangerous and much more serious than the common cold. Getting a flu shot has always been your best way to stay safe and stop the spread. But this year, it might be essential.
This year, flu shots will look a little different in our facilities. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, you will need an appointment to get a flu shot.
Kaiser Permanente will offer appointments for 4 easy ways for you to get a flu shot:
|Drive-thru clinic||Flu Saturdays||Outside retail pharmacies|
|This is a new, convenient way for you to get a flu shot. You dont even have to leave your car. An appointment is required.||If you would like to get a flu shot in a medical center, you can schedule an appointment. Flu clinics are located in a designated room in each medical center.||You can schedule an appointment at one of our open-air tents located at a few facilities in the Baltimore area.||You can schedule an appointment at our Flu Saturday events which will be held outdoors every Saturday from September 12 through October 24 at select medical centers.||Between October 23 and March 31, 2021 you can receive a flu shot at participating retailers at no additional cost. Visit kp.org/flu to learn more.|
Like previous years, you will always be offered a flu shot at any primary or specialty care appointments.
Your health and safety are our top priority
A complete list of flu clinic locations are listed below.
From Socal To Norcal We Say No To Cuts & Outsourcing
On Wednesday, June 23, we rallied outside Kaiser Orange County to let Kaiser know they need to stop sending local jobs out of state and respect the essential role call center workers have with patients during this pandemic. Contracting out our call center work to an out of state healthcare company in Georgia will lower quality care, increase wait times for patients, and eliminate good jobs in our community. .
Next, were keeping up the pressure on Kaiser up and down the state at our next action on Wednesday, June 30 at 5 p.m. Kaiser workers across Northern CA are turning up to fight the attempt to layoff 231 frontline workers, including 33 patient care technicians in Oakland.
Rally & Protest at Kaiser HeadquartersWednesday, June 30 at 5:00 p.m 7:00 p.m.Ordway Building, 1 Kaiser Plaza, Oakland, CA
Join us as we set up 24 hospital beds in front of Kaisers corporate headquarters to expose their lack of commitment to patient care, and how Kaisers behavior is hurting workers and patients.
Friday, June 18, 2021
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Socal Kaiser Permanente Union Members Vote To Authorize Strike
LOS ANGELES â The union representing thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers in Southern California said Monday its members have voted to authorize a strike, which the union says would likely “cripple” the health care giant’s operations.
What You Need To Know
- The union representing thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers in Southern California said its members have voted to authorize a strike
- As required by law, UNAC/UHCP must give Kaiser 10 days notice before work stoppages can begin
- The union, which is seeking 4% wage increases each year through 2023, says Kaiser wants to cut wages for health care workers amid major staffing shortages
- A potential strike would affect Kaiser’s hospitals and medical centers in Anaheim, Bakersfield, Baldwin Park, Downey, Fontana, Irvine, LA, Ontario Vineyard, Panorama City, Riverside, San Diego, West LA and Woodland Hills
The United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals said 96% of 18,209 participating members working at Kaiser Permanente’s Southern California hospitals and clinics voted this month in favor of authorizing the strike, if necessary.
Members of the United Steelworkers Local 7600, which also includes Kaiser Permanente employees in Southern California, have also voted to support granting the unions authority to call a strike.