California nurses' union braces for contract battle with Kaiser Permanente

A California nurses' union will begin bargaining negotiations next week with Kaiser Permanente, the eighth largest health system in the country, on a new four-year contract for nurses at its Northern California hospitals, Kaiser Health News reports. The union expects the system to propose cuts and plans to fight back, and possibly go on strike. Nurses will frame their arguments around patient care as they face pressure to see more patients in less time, according to the article. "When I first started at Kaiser, I wasn't rushed with my patients," Nurse Practitioner Rachel Phillips told KHN. "I could have 30 minutes with a new patient. That time has been whittled away. We're currently asked to see patients every 15 minutes, regardless of the complexity of their medical issues." Article