Fresno

Kaiser Permanente workers set for strike on Oct. 14

Kaiser Permanente workers are set to walk off the job on Oct. 14 to strike, union officials said Monday.

Representatives with SEIU United Healthcare Workers said that workers at Kaiser Permanente will stage a seven-day walkout from the Oakland-based nonprofit health giant.

The 80,000 workers expected to strike are members of one of two groups representing Kaiser workers. Their contract expires in October.

“We believe the only way to ensure our patients get the best care is to take this step,” said Los Angeles Kaiser radiologic technologist Eric Jines said in a statement. “There is no reason for Kaiser to let a strike happen when it has the resources to invest in patients, communities and workers.”

Another 49,000 workers, members of the Alliance of Health Care Unions, reached an agreement with Kaiser in 2018.

According to the union, 1,300 workers at Kaiser’s Fresno outpost will be affected by the strike.

Last December, the National Labor Relations Board charged Kaiser Permanente with failing to bargain in good faith and wrongly tying collective bargaining negotiations to an outright ban on political activity, including picketing the firm.

The San Joaquin Valley Sun
Staff reports from The San Joaquin Valley Sun staff.