Geoff Bennett:

The strike is set to last three days as contract negotiations continue focusing on wage increases and solutions to staffing shortages.

Caroline Lucas is the executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. And she joins us now to talk more about this.

Thank you for being with us.

Health care workers taking to the picket lines, they’re fighting for better pay, better benefits. That’s certainly true in California, which has a high cost of living. It’s also where most of the 75,000 striking Kaiser Permanente workers have walked off the job.

What specifically are you asking for?

Caroline Lucas, Executive Director, Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions: Hi.

I think that you have captured it. We are really looking for Kaiser executives to listen to the voices of front-line health care workers as they raise to the forefront the short-staffing crisis that is impacting patient care within Kaiser Permanente.


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