An open letter
to our Kaiser Permanente patients
(and our friends, neighbors, and communities)
By now, you will likely have seen that more than 80,000 Kaiser Permamente caregivers around the country have scheduled a week-long strike starting October 14 because of Kaiser’s unfair labor practices, including the company’s refusal to bargain in good faith over many important issues. While this vote doesn’t mean we will definitely go on strike this fall, the possibility remains very real.
The decision to go on strike is never easy. It means that our once successful partnership with Kaiser has broken down, and we feel we must take this step to achieve a fair agreement. We did not make this decision lightly, but as caregivers, we have an obligation to stand firm in our commitment to our patients and our communities. We’re fighting for quality, compassionate healthcare that truly helps everyone thrive and provides the good, middle-class jobs America needs.
Our coalition is founded on the following Principles for Quality Care & a Strong Middle Class:
- Patients deserve safe staffing and compassionate use of technology, so that they continue to receive personal care that integrates cutting-edge tools with quality, dedicated caregivers.
- We must build the workforce of the future, and anticipate major projected shortages of licensed staff in the coming years. Staffing shortages can make healthcare rushed and impersonal, and neither patients nor caregivers should feel like statistics or cogs in a machine.
- Middle-class jobs deserve middle-class wages, with benefits that can support families. We are only as strong as the communities we help build.
- Quality frontline workers are what make health care great, not millionaire executives. There is still time to restore a true worker-management partnership that allows us to speak up for a workplace we’re proud to represent.
If you agree with these principles, will you add your name in support and join our grassroots movement to hold Kaiser accountable and Keep Thrive Alive?
If patients and caregivers stand together, even against corporate power like Kaiser, we will win and get Kaiser back on track as the best place to give and receive care.
Add Your Name
If you stand with workers and patients, add your name in support of our Principles for Quality Care and a Strong Middle Class: