37,000 Kaiser Workers in California Vote to Approve October Strike

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Registered nurses and supporters protest outside of a Kaiser Permanente facility in San Francisco on November 11, 2014. As many as 18,000 nurses are participating in a statewide two-day strike to call attention to what they say is an erosion in patient care and lack of preparation for treating Ebola at Kaiser facilities.

Reprinted from The San Francisco Chronicle by Mike Moffitt on August 13, 2019.

Kaiser Permanente workers in California have voted overwhelmingly to approve a strike in October that would be the largest in the United States in 20 years, according to a coalition of the health care giant’s unions.

The authorization to strike, approved by 98 percent of the union members who voted, does not mean a walkout will happen, but it does allow union leaders to call one whenever they want, giving them leverage in negotiations.

The workers belong to the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, the largest union in the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. They include most non-M.D. staff such as registered nurses, x-ray technicians, janitors and receptionists.

The employees have been working under an expired national contract since September, but their local contracts are still in effect. …

SF Chronicle 8/13

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