University of California student health docs stage one-day strike

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

Physicians who practice at student health clinics on the 10 campuses of the University of California system raised concerns about staffing, student health fees and unfair labor practices during their first contract negotiations with the system.

Fallout from retiree health plan ruling could send more to exchanges

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 27, 2015

In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court vacated a lower court's ruling that allowed M&G Polymers USA's retirees' healthcare benefits to continue indefinitely because the duration of the benefits wasn't explicitly spelled out in a collective-bargaining agreement.

Nurses to consider strike threat at University of Chicago

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 22, 2015

Nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center will vote next week on whether to authorize union leaders to call for a strike if bargaining efforts fail. Here, as in several other recent instances, nurse-staffing levels seem to be at the heart of the union's dissatisfaction with providers.

Physicians blame patient 'treadmill' for missed calls

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 17, 2015

For a physician to deliver an accurate diagnosis, it requires time for thoughtful consideration of a patient's symptoms. But time is one element physicians say they don't have.

Nurses and Kaiser reach contract deal, avert 2-day strike

By Associated Press  |  January 17, 2015

The union that represents about 18,000 Kaiser Permanente nurses in Northern and Central California has reached a tentative contract with the medical provider and canceled a two-day strike planned for next week at 86 hospitals and clinics.

Court strikes down higher wages for home healthcare workers

By Lisa Schencker  |  January 14, 2015

A federal judge Wednesday decided to undo a new U.S. Labor Department rule that would have meant higher wages for many home healthcare workers, writing in the opinion that their exemption from minimum wage and overtime pay protections was meant to keep home healthcare affordable.

Mental-health workers plan strike at Kaiser facilities

Mental-health workers plan strike at Kaiser facilities

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 10, 2015

Approximately 2,600 Kaiser Permanente mental-health employees, upset by what they allege is chronic understaffing in Kaiser's mental-health clinics, plan to launch a weeklong strike in California starting Jan. 12.

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