Thousands of Kaiser Permanente Staff Vote To Strike

September 03, 2019 / Heather Nahmias

The Lund Report

by Lynne Terry

August 26, 2019


A majority of 4,500 employees at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics in Oregon and Southwest Washington have voted to go on strike. 

A walkout could affect 80,000 Kaiser Permanente employees nationwide. It would be the biggest strike nationwide since the Teamsters’ walkout at United Parcel Service in 1997.

Locally, a strong majority of the 4,500 members Service Employees International Union Local 49 at Kaiser Permanente facilities in the Portland area cast ballots between Aug. 4 and Aug. 23. The union said 98 percent voted to strike. The union represents a range of staff, from housekeepers and receptionists to medical assistants and certified nursing assistants. 


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