Kaiser Permanente patients may be affected as over 75,000 workers could go on strike if negotiations over labor contracts for unionized workers are not finalized on Tuesday.
Discussions between SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and the healthcare provider have been unsuccessful so far as workers say they’re struggling with a staffing crisis that is affecting the quality of patient care. Workers are asking for across-the-board pay increases, retiree medical plans and protections against subcontracting and outsourcing.
Workers across the nation said they’re ready to walk off the job for three days from Oct. 4-6 starting Wednesday at 6 a.m. in what has been described as potentially the largest healthcare worker strike in U.S. history.
KTLA's Chris Wolfe reports on October 3, 2023.