November 10th, 2019

Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians postpone 5-day statewide strike following the death of Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson

Four thousand psychologists, mental health therapists and other medical professionals at Kaiser Permanente have postponed a five-day strike that was to set begin Monday in deference to the passing of Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson on Sunday. After learning of Tyson’s death, 170 member-leaders of the National Union of Healthcare Workers convened a call and voted […]

October 31st, 2019

Mental health clinicians strike; Kaiser locks them out of headquarters

With a Kaiser mental health clinicians preparing for a 5-day statewide strike beginning Nov. 11, caregivers at clinics in Simi Valley and Lomita held a separate strike in October to demand that Kaiser provide them with the same retirement benefits as nearly all other employees. “Every Kaiser employee at my clinic has a pension, except […]

August 29th, 2019

Members hold vigils for Kaiser mental health patients

Kaiser mental health clinicians held vigils outside Kaiser facilities across Southern California this month to draw attention to the struggles faced by their patients, who must weeks or months for therapy appointments. Patients and community allies joined clinicians at several vigils, during which clinicians read stories submitted by patients who were denied timely care. KPCC […]

July 26th, 2019

Op Ed: Kaiser executives need to change their priorities

By Alicia Cruz Sometimes it seems that Kaiser Permanente is throwing money at everything but mental health care. In recent weeks we’ve learned that Kaiser is building a $900 million headquarters in Oakland and paying the Golden State Warriors nearly $300 for a sponsorship deal that includes naming rights to “Thrive City,” the sports and […]

June 28th, 2019

Kaiser mental health clinicians to strike July 10 over chronic understaffing

Citing a growing child mental health crisis at their clinic, dozens of Kaiser therapists authorized a one-day strike if the HMO refuses to boost staffing in order to reduce intolerable appointment wait times and end overcrowding of group therapy sessions. The strike will be held from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 10, at […]