Thousands of Kaiser Permanente workers have walked off the job. What are they demanding and how will it affect you?
The strike involves more than 75,000 workers from eight unions. They include nurses, pharmacists, technicians, and others.
The strike is taking place in California, Colorado, Oregon, Washington, Virginia, and Washington D.C. It started on October 4 and will last until October 7.
The workers say they are facing a staffing crisis that affects their safety and quality of care. They also accuse Kaiser of violating labor laws and bargaining in bad faith.
The workers are asking for Kaiser to hire more staff, improve working conditions, and increase wages and benefits. They say they deserve respect and recognition for their work.
Kaiser says it has plans to ensure that patients continue to receive care during the strike. It also says it is willing to negotiate with the unions and reach a fair agreement.
Some patients may experience longer wait times, reduced services, or rescheduled appointments. However, all hospitals and emergency departments will remain open.
The strike is a sign of the challenges and frustrations that health care workers face amid the pandemic. It is also a show of solidarity and strength among the unions.
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