Mike Elk & David Dayen

Mike Elk is a labor reporter and the founder of PaydayReport.com. David Dayen is the executive editor of The American Prospect

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Kaiser Hospital Workers Mobilize for Largest Strike in Two Decades

A coalition of unions representing more than 80,000 workers has authorized a walkout that would begin in October—and used Labor Day to pressure management.

In Hollywood, the Service Employees International Union’s purple signs on Labor Day read “Fed Up with Kaiser Greed” and “Corporate Healthcare Is Failing Patients.” But in front of thousands of healthcare workers, activists and patients, Congresswoman Maxine Waters was even more direct. “Kaiser,” she shouted, “we’re not taking any more shit off of you! We’re not going to be nice anymore!” Over 80,000 technicians, nurses, and medical personnel at Kaiser Permanente, organized through a coalition of several unions, including SEIU’s United Healthcare Workers division, have authorized a strike scheduled to begin in October. A whopping 98 percent of union members voted to walk out. If they go forward, it would be the largest strike in the U.S. since 1997, when 185,000 United Parcel Service workers walked off the job. Already, 4,000 mental health technicians at Kaiser Permanente, members of the National Union of...