Yesterday, approximately 100 Kaiser Permanente employees working in Anaheim, CA walked off the job and went on strike in order to protest low staffing ratios in the company’s medical centers.  The employees, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, are expected to be joined throughout the week by other Kaiser Permanente employees throughout California.  In total, almost 2,600 employees across 35 locations are expected to participate in strike actions this week.

The union, which represents Kaiser’s California-based mental health professionals, has been negotiating with the company since 2009 over a collective bargaining agreement for the represented employees.  Apart from worker complaints about staffing ratios, the union has also stated that its charges are underpaid and overworked while the hospital rakes in the profits, which a hospital official has categorically denied.

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