Thousands of Kaiser Permanente Caregivers On Strike Beginning Tomorrow (Wednesday, September 21) in Southern California

NewsSeptember 21, 2011

What: Thousands of Kaiser caregivers on strike beginning at 6am tomorrow morning in Southern California

When: Wednesday, September 21 at 6am

Where:  Picket lines will be at three Southern California locations:

Los Angeles: Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center, 4867 West Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles 90027

Fontana: Kaiser Fontana Medical Center, 9961 Sierra Ave, Fontana 9233

San Diego: Kaiser San Diego Medical Center (ZION), 4647 Zion Ave, San Diego 92120

Press Contacts:

Los Angeles: Leighton Woodhouse – (213) 948-3545

Fontana: Mary Gilliam – (951) 347-4605

San Diego: Jim Clifford – (619) 823-2750

Click here for maps of picket line locations.

LOS ANGELES – Beginning tomorrow, Wednesday morning, at 6am, about 2,500 Kaiser Permanente employees throughout Southern California will be out on the picket line to protest Kaiser’s unfair labor practices and refusal to bargain in good faith toward a fair contract that protects patient care and leaves workers’ benefits intact.

On Thursday, they will be joined by approximately 1,500 NUHW members in Northern California as well as 17,000 Registered Nurses in the California Nurses Association and 2,000 Stationary Engineers who are striking in sympathy with NUHW in the biggest walk-out in Kaiser’s history.

Despite enjoying record profits over the last two and a half years of over $5.7 billion, Kaiser administrators refuse to address workers’ concerns about chronic short staffing and its negative impacts on patient care, and continue to insist on implementing major reductions to workers’ healthcare coverage and retirement benefits.

See this video of Kaiser mental health clinicians describing how chronic short-staffing at Kaiser adversely impacts patient care:

At Kaiser’s flagship Southern California hospital, Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center (LAMC), more than 1,100 NUHW-represented Registered Nurses will walk off the job for three days beginning tomorrow morning.

Throughout the Southern California region, over 1,300 Social Workers, Therapists, Health Educators, Dietitians, Speech Pathologists and Audiologists will engage in a two-day strike on September 21st and 22nd, also beginning at 6am Wednesday.

To find picket locations in Los Angeles, Fontana and San Diego, see above or click on this link: