PORTLAND, Ore., Nov 4 (Reuters) – Union leaders for 3,400 nurses and other medical staff at Kaiser Permanente in Oregon set a Nov. 15 strike due date on Thursday, threatening a walkout they said would idle some 30,000 employees in general unless agreement talks make appropriate progress.The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is at chances with Kaiser over the medical networks prepare for a two-tiered wage system featuring a lower pay scale for recently employed workers than their more senior colleagues.The union says such a system would deepen what the nurses refer to as a staffing crisis in the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic.Register now free of charge unlimited access to reuters.comRegisterLabor leaders cite a study of Kaiser nurses and other health care employees that discovered 42% were considering leaving the field over perceptions of mistreatment.Kaiser ranks as one of the countrys largest not-for-profit healthcare networks and managed-care organizations, with nearly 12.5 million strategy members and operating earnings of almost $24 billion last quarter.The health network released a statement saying it was “still enthusiastic that a labor interruption will be avoided through our continued negotiations.”Kaiser included that its union labor force in “lots of areas” of the country make salaries 26% to 38% above average market rates, which the union called inaccurate.The unions rank-and-file voted overwhelmingly on Oct. 11 to authorize a strike.”Striking is out last resort, but it is what we need to do so that we can safeguard our patients, our employees, and our whole public healthcare system,” union president Jodi Barschow, president of the Oregon Federation of Nurses, stated in a statement announcing the strike deadline.The unions almost 3,400 members in Oregon and southwestern Washington state – registered nurses, nurse professionals, physician assistants and laboratory technicians – will stroll off the job starting 6 a.m. on Nov. 15 “unless negotiations improve” in advance, the declaration said.The union stated another 32,000 Kaiser employees from affiliated unions would successfully join the strike by refusing to cross picket lines, and that 8,000 more might follow shortly afterward in California, Washington, Hawaii and Colorado.Kaiser operates 64 facilities in Oregon and southwestern Washington, consisting of two medical facilities and six urgent-care clinics.Kaiser and unions representing more than 80,000 healthcare workers in California and 6 other states reached a labor agreement in September 2019 that averted a strike.The newest standoff comes amid a year of labor discontent across the United States on a variety of fronts, consisting of a United Auto Workers union strike versus tractor manufacturer John Deere.Register now for FREE unrestricted access to reuters.comRegisterReporting by Justin Yau in Portland, Oregon; Editing by Steve Gorman and Gerry DoyleOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.