Kaiser Permanente’s 2,600 California mental health clinicians — psychologists, therapists and social workers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) — will launch a statewide strike on Monday, Jan. 12, to protest Kaiser’s alleged failure to provide its patients with timely, quality mental health care, according to a recent press release issued by the NUHW.
Kaiser staff will be on 65 picket lines at more than 35 locations throughout the state during the scheduled week-long strike. Notice of the strike was filed Wednesday.
More than 700 other Kaiser workers will join the picket lines, including Northern California optical workers and Southern California medical social workers, speech pathologists, audiologists, health educators and registered dietitians, all of whom also report problems with inadequate staffing.
Protests will take place locally at the San Diego Medical Center on Zion Avenue on Jan. 12 and 16; and at the Point Loma Medical Office Building on Kenyon Street from Jan. 13-15.