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  • Kaiser Mental Health Strike

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    Four thousand National Union of Healthcare Workers members staged a five-day strike this month, putting intense pressure on Kaiser Permanente to settle a contract that treats its workers fairly and provides patients better access to mental health treatment.

    Strikers included psychologists, social workers, therapists, psychiatric nurses, addiction medicine specialists, dietitians, audiologists and health educators as well as nurses and engineers striking in sympathy. In total, we staged nearly 70 pickets outside 30 Kaiser facilities from San Diego to Sacramento in what was the largest strike of mental health workers in U.S. history.

    The strike, which generated 787 television news reports and more than 100 additional print and web stories, inspired hundreds of patients to share their stories of Kaiser denying them timely care, both at kaiserdontdeny.org and during rallies across the state. We also made mental health parity — and Kaiser’s refusal to achieve it — one of the biggest stories in California during the week of the strike.

    As the strike progressed coverage expanded from articles about striking workers to articles about patients telling their Kaiser horror stories.

    We’ve collected many of the news reports at NUHW.org, along with videos, photos, and reports from the picket lines. And we’re continuing to post videos, photos, and media coverage to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    The strike also inspired leading advocates for mental health parity to speak out in support of Kaiser clinicians. Former Congressman Patrick Kennedy — the author of the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 — flew across the country to join striking therapists on the picket line and participate in a public forum with clinicians and patients.

    The ball is now in Kaiser’s court. If they decide to treat patients and caregivers with fairness and respect, we’re ready to roll up our sleeves and find sensible solutions to the chronic problems that deny patients timely and appropriate care. If not, we’re ready to continue our fight for as long as it takes until they understand they can’t get away with shortchanging mental health care anymore. Show less
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    • NUHW on Strike at Marin General Hospital - Duration: 73 seconds.

      • 1 week ago
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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike - Duration: 4 minutes, 38 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
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      Four thousand National Union of Healthcare Workers members staged a five-day strike this month, putting intense pressure on Kaiser Permanente to settle a contract that treats its workers fairly and...
    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Oakland - Duration: 2 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 39 views
      "1 therapist for every 3,000? That's way too many."

      That's why NUHW-represented mental health clinicians are on strike this week at Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout California. Kaiser's und...
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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Riverside - Duration: 76 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 65 views
      "We have the opportunity to be the model of mental health in the world."

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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Riverside - Duration: 2 minutes, 9 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 58 views
      "Make Kaiser thrive. That's not just a slogan. Otherwise it's just words. We must believe that we can thrive."

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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Vacaville - Duration: 80 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
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      "Morale is low because of understaffing and people are choosing to work somewhere else."

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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Vacaville - Duration: 88 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
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      "People need mental health today, not six weeks from now."

      That's why NUHW-represented mental health clinicians are on strike this week at Kaiser Permanente facilities throughout California. Kaise...
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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Patrick Kennedy on NUHW - Duration: 78 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
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      "The National Union of Healthcare Workers is the only union that I know of its type that is raising the profile of this mental health and addiction issue in the way that they are." -- Patrick Kenne...
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    • Kaiser Mental Health Strike: Fontana - Duration: 73 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
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