2,000 Kaiser Workers Strike

2,000 employees at Kaiser Permanente walked off Wednesday in a 1 day strike because of  nurse-to- patient ratios and health care benefits.  The strike was organized by the National Union of Health care Workers and centered around Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center plus Kaiser’s South Bay Medical Center.

There was a rescheduling of some appointments  but Kaiser had sufficient employees to handle day appointments and emergencies.

Kaiser is negotiating with three bargaining units of the union that represents registered nurses, social workers, psychologists, speech pathologists, audiologists, health educators and dieticians throughout Southern California.

One of the issues workers are asking for solutions to is that patients must wait five to six weeks for a mental health appointment, and are limited to 30 minutes.  Mental health specialists want patients to get more counseling.  Patients should not have to wait 4-6 weeks for an appointment.