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Kaiser Permanente mental health workers planning to strike tomorrow

Would be the largest mental health worker strike in U.S. history, union says

Mental health workers with the National Union of Healthcare Workers are planning a week of strikes against Kaiser Permanente starting Monday.

Union officials said it will be the largest mental health worker strike in U.S. history.

Some 2,600 clinicians are planning to walk out because they say Kaiser is failing to provide timely and adequate care to patients.

"For patients suffering from depression, anxiety and other debilitating mental conditions, these delays can be insurmountable obstacles, sometimes leading to tragic outcomes," said Clement Papazian, president of the union's Northern California chapter of mental health clinicians.

Another 700 Kaiser workers, including medical social workers and registered dieticians, are planning to participate in the strike to protest

problems with inadequate staffing, union officials said.

In November, nurses at Kaiser Permanente went on strike because they said patient care standards had eroded at the HMO.

Union workers are planning to establish 65 picket lines and strike at 35 locations across California.

In the Bay Area, the union is planning to strike in San Francisco, San Jose, Santa Rosa, San Leandro, Richmond, Oakland and other locations.

Keith Burbank, Bay City News

— Bay City News Service

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3 people like this
Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jan 6, 2015 at 8:38 am

Kaiser is wonderful "if" you are completely healthy.


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Posted by Skeptical
a resident of Danville
on Jan 7, 2015 at 9:23 pm

How does walking out on their patients, help anyone? This seems counterproductive, and just plain selfish.


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