OR, WA Kaiser Permanente workers vote to strike

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This may turn out to be the nation's largest strike since 1997.

Outside of Kaiser Permanente, August 7, 2019 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Kaiser Permanente workers across Oregon and Washington voted to authorize a strike in early October — and it could be the biggest the U.S. has seen in 2 decades.

Throughout August, 4,500 members of the Service Employees International Union Local 49 in Oregon and Washington voted on the strike with 98% voting in support.

More than 80,000 workers around the country have also voted on this strike.

“Kaiser workers in Oregon and Washington are prepared to do what it takes to get Kaiser back on track as the healthcare provider that helps patients, employees and communities thrive,” said Jamela Henderson, a Dental Member Assistant at Longview Dental Office in Longview, WA.

This may turn out to be the nation’s largest strike since the Teamsters’ walkout at United Parcel Service in 1997.

Workers are asking Kaiser Permanente to put a stop to unfair labor practices and are working to negotiate better wages.

KOIN 6 News will have more on this story as it develops.

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