Kaiser Permanente (KP) mental health workers 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 Mental Health is notorious for long wait times for first and return appointments. Despite increased attention and legislation targeting mental health needs since the pandemic, KP’s leadership has refused to engage in meaningful negotiations with the mental health union. KP prefers to continue to pressure employees to maintain a broken system that allows so many people in need to slip through the cracks.
KP has come 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 Trustees that the KP leadership first engage in meaningful negotiation sessions with their mental health professionals.
— Emy Fehmi, Holy Cross
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