Mental health clinicians at Kaiser Permanente (KP) in Northern California have been on strike for six weeks. Workers are determined to hold out for better working conditions and more meaningful access to care for KP patients.
KP sanity is known for its long wait times for initial and return appointments. Despite increased attention and legislation focused on the need for mental health care since the pandemic, the KP leadership has refused to engage in meaningful negotiations with the mental health union. KP prefers to continue to pressure workers to maintain a broken system that allows so many in need to fall through the cracks.
KP came to Santa Cruz with a new clinic downtown and a proposal for a new hospital in Live Oak.
Santa Cruz residents should urge the Board of Overseers to demand that KP leaders first engage in meaningful negotiation sessions with their mental health workers.
— Emy Fehmi, Santa Cruz
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