Kaiser Workers Hit the Picket Lines

Statewide strike affects San Diego healthcare workers

By Lauren Steussy
|  Wednesday, Sep 21, 2011  |  Updated 9:38 PM PDT
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Kaiser healthcare workers are protesting proposed benefit cuts.

Kaiser healthcare workers are protesting proposed benefit cuts.

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Kaiser Workers Strike Against Corporation

Healthcare workers at Kaiser Permanente are hitting the picket line in defense of their patient's and their own health services.
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Hundreds of Kaiser workers went on strike Wednesday, demanding better benefits and staffing regulations.

They want patients to have better access to healthcare, citing long wait-times for patients in need of immediate care. The workers also claim that Kaiser’s corporate sector is overshadowing health services, and that their own health care benefits are being compromised.

Kaiser says the hospital is open today and they do not expect the strike will impact patient care.

They say ensuring safety of members and patients is top priority -- they say they have a plan in place to minimize the impact on services here at the hospital.

"Kaiser Permanente is in contract negotiations with the NUHW,” Kaiser officials said in a statement. “We continue to negotiate in good faith to reach an agreement soon.”

Workers will be on strike today in San Diego, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire. Tomorrow, they will strike in Northern California.

Check back for more information on this strike.
 

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