How Kaiser Permanente Strike is Impacting the Bay Area

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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 04: Kaiser Permanente health care workers go on strike (Justin Sullivan via Getty Images)

More than 75,000 Kaiser Permanente healthcare workers in five states —including 22,000 in the Bay Area — went on strike Wednesday after the company and unions failed to resolve a dispute over wages and staffing levels. The union says the strike, set to last three days, is the largest in the healthcare sector in U.S. history. We’ll look at how the walkout is affecting patient care and how it fits into the recent trend of labor actions targeting a range of industries across the country.


Jeannifer Key, licensed clinical social worker at Kaiser Oakland; member, SEIU-UHW

Ken Jacobs, chair, Center for Labor Research and Education at UC Berkeley

Farida Jhabvala Romero, reporter, KQED

Dr. Robert Pearl, former CEO, The Permanente Medical Group; author, "Uncaring: How the Culture of Medicine Kills Doctors and Patients"