LOS ANGELES – More than 85,000 Kaiser Permanente workers are making preparations for a
national strike to begin this fall as contract talks between the workers and the giant, non-profit
healthcare corporation broke off Thursday without an agreement.
The workers are from multiple unions in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maryland,
Virginia, Hawaii and the District of Columbia. Beginning in late July and continuing into
August, union members will be voting to authorize their bargaining team to call the unfair labor
practice strike. It would be the largest strike in the U.S. since the 1997 Teamsters strike at UPS.