The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Kaiser Profits off Pandemic

Mar 15, 2021

Kaiser Permanente, the biggest health care provider in California, is punishing frontline health care workers for using sick time during the pandemic—including the mandatory quarantine that many workers had to observe because of contracting COVID-19 virus—by reducing the “performance sharing” bonus for workers who took “too many” sick days in 2020.

Kaiser has always used the performance bonus to punish workers for taking sick days, even though formally, the contract says the workers have a right to take them. Kaiser just continued this policy in the middle of the pandemic when so many workers were falling ill or having to quarantine. Kaiser used all that time off due to sick days as another excuse to increase its profits. No wonder 2020 was one of Kaiser’s most profitable years ever, raking in $6.4 billion in profits.