Tens of thousands of Kaiser Permanente health care workers across six states went on strike this morning — including in California.
Kaiser controls half of California’s private insurance market, and has more than 9.4 million members across the state.
So if you’re a Kaiser patient, keep reading for what you need to know about the strike, who’s likely to be impacted and which medical services from Kaiser will be affected during this time.
How long would a Kaiser strike last?
Right now, the Kaiser strike in California is anticipated to last at least three days. It began at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, and is expected to end at 6 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 7.
Who is on strike at Kaiser?
Nearly 75,000 Kaiser Permanente health care workers across six states, including California, went on strike today.
The strike impacts nearly 68,000 Kaiser employees in California — 22,650 of which are in the Bay Area, according to the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.
The union coalition says that jobs affected by the Kaiser strike will include: licensed vocational nurses, emergency department technicians, radiology technicians, ultrasound sonographers, teleservice representatives, respiratory therapists, x-ray technicians, certified nursing assistants, dietary services, behavioral health workers, surgical technicians, pharmacy technicians, transporters, home health aides, phlebotomists, medical assistants, and housekeepers, “among hundreds of other positions.”