Union Representing Kaiser Mental Health Workers Calls Off Planned Strike

June 9, 2019 22:11 pm · 8 comments

Citing recent progress at the bargaining table, teams representing 4,000 Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians and health care professionals throughout California voted unanimously Sunday to call off an open-ended strike that was to have started Tuesday.

About 1,200 of those clinicians work in Kaiser’s Bay Area facilities.

But in a news release Sunday, National Union of Healthcare Workers President Sal Rosselli said that if Kaiser Permanente negotiators don’t agree to return to the bargaining table, union leaders will recommend their
4,000 members vote to reject Kaiser’s latest contract offer.

The strike would have affected clinicians and health care professionals working at various Kaiser facilities in the Bay Area – workers based in offices in San Francisco, San Leandro and Santa Clara were to have
gone on strike first, followed later in the week by those based in San Jose, Redwood City, Santa Rosa, Walnut Creek, Oakland, and San Rafael.

“Kaiser’s last offer is better than before our members authorized an open-ended strike last month,” Rosselli said in Sunday’s statement.

“However, Kaiser is still refusing to consider adequate measures to provide immediate relief for clinicians and patients, such as establishing crisis teams at all clinics so therapists don’t have to cancel appointments with
patients who have been waiting weeks or months to see them.”

In a statement Sunday night, Kaiser Permanente said its negotiators have addressed the key issues raised by labor and management, and that the union’s decision to call off the strike is “the responsible thing to do.”

“We credit this decision to our therapists, who have been providing leadership at the table and representing the voice of our employees in all these discussions,” the Kaiser statement says.

The NUHW’s Rosselli praised Kaiser’s latest proposals, which include the framework for a six-month collaborative process to reform Kaiser’s system, with everything open for discussion. An outstanding issue, he said, remains working to “insource” the tens of thousands of patients currently forced to find non-Kaiser therapists.

Kaiser’s NUHW members have been working without a contract since September, and went out on a five-day strike in December.

Dr. Jellyfinger June 10, 2019 at 9:22 AM

Thank goodness!
The prospect of enduring even a single day without my Therapist was driving me nuts!

anon June 10, 2019 at 11:17 AM

You are professionals with Masters degrees or higher. There are people with major issues that depend on you — do not act like union people. If you want more money — go get a job that pays more– you knew what you were getting into when you got the job…. I say the same to the New Haven teachers whose strike at the end of the school year was poor with 11% of the kids coming to school & the schools getting little money from the state..it was a joke

S June 10, 2019 at 11:38 AM


It is never about the patient or the student much as they will try to garner public support. It is always about them.. Follow the Money.

Those teachers will loose about 3 weeks pay… Basically an absent without leave thing… Hope it effects their retirement too.

Kirkwood June 10, 2019 at 2:11 PM

Using that logic, only teachers desperate for work would teach there. Do you want that kind of person teaching your kid?

Strikers usually have the option of using their vacation or other accrued leave while participating in a strike. They continue to be paid but lose that time off.

S June 10, 2019 at 2:52 PM

not teachers… private sector, maybe, I dont know…

Rich June 10, 2019 at 1:48 PM

Glad they are striking to draw attention to how bad Kaiser mental health is. My teenage daughter has had major issues while in high school. Kaisers mental health services have been a joke, only able to see her once a month. Teenagers life problems move much faster than once a month

jon s June 10, 2019 at 2:27 PM

You didn’t know Mr Kaiser’s business motto?”Get as much money as you can for the least care as possible.”

Melissa June 10, 2019 at 2:27 PM

The strike was not about money, it was for better return appoinments for patients. Please get the facts prior to posting your opinion.

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