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Healthcare workers ask for assurances from experts about COVID-19 vaccines

Unions representing approximately 2 million healthcare workers have called for independent third-party experts to validate any COVID-19 vaccine before they will receive or administer it. In a joint statement, the AFT, the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the Service Employees International Union said, “Given [the Trump administration’s] record of politicization of public health, it is impossible for us to take or promote any vaccine without additional assurance from independent experts that the approval process has not been tainted. Once they recommend a specific vaccine or vaccines, we will be eager to work with federal, state and local bodies and with the leadership of the healthcare community and the communities we serve and live in to accurately educate the public and promote a fair and effective vaccination program for distributing this desperately needed vaccine.” Read the full press release here.

Strikes and shutdowns

In Los Angeles, UTLA members took to the picket lines because their schools are starved of resources. In Washington, D.C., President Trump has shut down the government to secure his border wall. In her monthly New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten writes that when our elected leaders fail, whether by not funding public schools or by shutting down services that provide for our safety, they strike at the very heart of what makes us a democratic republic. Read the full column.

Healthcare workers on the Line: Labor Day and a New Wave of Union Activism

September 3, 2018 - It takes a lot for health professionals to leave the bedside for the picket line. This Labor Day, President Adrienne Enghouse sends a message of unity that our contract fights for safe staffing and workloads are connected to the recent uprising of healthcare workers across the country that are trying to improve patient care. 

Health professionals picket Kaiser Permanente in Vancouver

August 21, 2018 - Tuesday kicked off our week of informational picketing and leafleting events across the Kaiser Permanente Northwest region with picket lines in Vancouver, WA and Salem, OR. 

View the coverage in the Columbian here

Members Stand Up for Patient Care at Kaiser

Kaiser Nurses Issue Warning: Short Staffing Could Diminish Patient Care

June 22, 2017 - Yesterday's rally to protest short staffing at Kaiser Permanente drew members and staff from OFNHP and two other Kaiser unions as well supporters from Portland Jobs With Justice. Nearly 1,000 KPNW employees have signed onto OFNHP's petition raising concerns about short staffing and calling on the company to hire additional staff to care for it's customers. The highly visible event outside KPNW headquarters displayed the 70-foot long, 2.5 foot high petition and was also an attempt to deliver the petition to senior Kaiser managers. 

Read the coverage of the rally in the Northwest Labor Press here.