Nov. 15 Kaiser Permanente Workers Set To Strike


Almost 32,000 Kaiser Permanente workers plan to kick off an open-ended strike on Nov. 15, according to Thursday night announcements from the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals (UNAC/UHCP), United Steelworkers (USW) Local 7600 and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (OFNHP).


The three labor organizations say they have submitted 10-day notices to the health system and that the strike is set to impact 366 facilities in Southern California alone. The groups together comprise registered nurses, pharmacists, industrial workers and other healthcare workers.

The dispute is driven by a new round of contract negotiations, with the unions saying that Kaiser Permanente’s offers include insufficient pay increases that do not address short staffing issues that will harm the organization over the next few years.