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Two Bay Area Unions Approve Sympathy Strike To Join Kaiser Workers


Two Bay Area labor unions representing scientists, engineers, health care and office workers have approved a sympathy strike to join Kaiser Permanente workers’ strike Oct. 4-6, Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West announced.

SEIU-UHW members include frontline workers such as respiratory care practitioners, dietary, environmental services and nursing staff at Kaiser hospitals.

The two unions joining the SEIU-UHW strike represent office, technical and professional employees at Kaiser, as well as clinical lab scientists, home health therapists, optometrists, genetic counselors and others.

The Engineers and Scientists of California Local 20 has nearly 8,000 members while Office and Professional Employees International Union Local 29 represents nearly 6,000 workers.


“We appreciate [their] willingness to stand with us as we protest unfair labor practices committed by Kaiser in local bargaining against SEIU-UHW and its members,” said Erica Chinchilla, a respiratory therapist at Kaiser Antioch.

Unions in Oregon, Southwest Washington, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C., which are part of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, are also planning unfair labor practices strikes at the same time.

A Kaiser Permanente spokesperson could not be reached for comment.


You've got to be kidding October 2, 2023 - 4:36 PM - 4:36 PM

Good gravy people. Go to work.

Rich October 2, 2023 - 4:49 PM - 4:49 PM

I remember when the therapists went on strike to protest the lack of access to therapist services . Kaiser management might be doing something wrong when even employees say your killing your customers

Oh, please October 2, 2023 - 8:41 PM - 8:41 PM

No one but the person is killing anyone if they choose to kill themselves. The therapists made it worse by refusing to work. There are certain positions in which you are not allowed to strike. This should have been done a different way.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 3, 2023 - 3:39 PM - 3:39 PM

“The rapists made it worse by refusing to work”?

domo October 2, 2023 - 5:05 PM - 5:05 PM

They don’t have my sympathy … the patients do though… Kaiser has been striking waaaay too frequently imho… in Kaiser’s defense they’ve been trying to hire hundreds of Drs, nurses, etc. for years… I’ve been following their jobs listings closely.

Oh, please October 2, 2023 - 8:45 PM - 8:45 PM

There is no solution. You cannot magic more employees, let alone competent ones. The problem is they overloaded their patient base, specifically with Medi-cal folks, who use way over their “fair share” of services. They overload the system and then deserving people must wait. We need to stop giving away free healthcare to degenerates. These employees need to talk with their other actions. LEAVE and find a better job. I know I did when I left County medical. Now I get paid more and I work with a LEGAL, deserving patient base.

OverWhelmed October 3, 2023 - 11:16 AM - 11:16 AM

First off, Medi-cal folks have as much right to all the services as non medical folks. And who are you to say who is deserving of that treatment and who is not? Sounds like you are the degenerate.

Oh, please October 3, 2023 - 9:04 PM - 9:04 PM

If you do not pay for it, you do not deserve it over people who do. THAT is why we have a healthcare crisis. It is sad that people support the further ruining of this nation. I am in healthcare. It was sick to see the rampant abuse when I worked at the county. All those people want more and more for free. And most of them are on Medi-cal through fraud. Disgusting. We cannot report it, either. They ARE degenerates. If you choose to disagree with something that truthfully fits a definition, you go ahead. But I live in reality. And now I choose to work with patients who ARE deserving of services.

Stoptheinsanity October 2, 2023 - 8:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Ban semi-automatic union strikes.

Reasonable October 3, 2023 - 7:44 AM - 7:44 AM

Is that a 5.56×45mm or the .223 Remington?

Rollo Tomasi October 4, 2023 - 12:40 PM - 12:40 PM

We’ll let you know after the length of the throat and powder load is measured.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 3, 2023 - 7:33 AM - 7:33 AM

I’ll begin a sympathy sit-down strike right here at home for 5 or 10 minutes sometime after I finish my big breakfast.

Dr. Jellyfinger October 5, 2023 - 7:16 AM - 7:16 AM

I spent 12 1/2 minutes on strike… that’s half a minute longer than Biden spent marching with UAW

Allen Smithee October 3, 2023 - 9:18 AM - 9:18 AM

SEIU biggest crooks in the business…worked 11 years at a job and was a member of this union, never met 1 person from the union, never received any union business updates, no budget literature, etc….

KPA October 3, 2023 - 9:28 AM - 9:28 AM

I have a family member who works for Kaiser. He is acting manager of a clinic, but has also had to do patient care because the clinic has been chronically short-staffed. Making your staff work two jobs because you are too cheap to hire more people is not my idea of a well-managed business. Eventually that kind of business practice will catch up with them and they will lose customers.

Exit 12A October 3, 2023 - 12:14 PM - 12:14 PM

Sympathy strikes should be illegal.

Martinez Guy October 3, 2023 - 8:28 PM - 8:28 PM

Never had to join a union to get a good job. Especially SEIU.

Did I Say That Out Loud October 4, 2023 - 4:27 PM - 4:27 PM

If Kaiser were to stop all the “thrive” advertising and sponsoring community events, put it’s money into the system for the members who pay good money for healthcare and employees that strive to give that healthcare, the problem would solve itself. You take care of the system and it’s members first, then use the leftover funds for everything else.

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