Video: Oakland Medical Center on day 5 of weeklong strike
On the last day of our statewide mental health strike, we braved the rain in the Bay Area and celebrated our achievements on picket lines across the state. Our picket at Oakland Medical Center was epic — we had a vocal and robust crowd of more than 400 NUHW members, CNA members, Kaiser optical workers, members of other unions, and other supporters and friends. We marched a mile and a half from the hospital to Kaiser’s corporate headquarters and held a boisterous rally outside their office windows. We also heard impassioned speeches from members of NUHW and CNA, and observed 42 seconds of silence representing the 42-day average wait to get a therapy appointment. We marched back to the medical center, where we were regaled by a five-piece brass band. NUHW President Sal Rosselli gave members an update on the success of our strike, our growing political and community support, and an upcoming meeting with Kaiser executives.