(The Gazette) - Unions representing more than 80,000 workers for Kaiser Permanente in six states and Washington, D.C., including 3,500 in Colorado, have called a seven-day unfair labor practice strike beginning Oct. 14.
Picket lines will be set up at Kaiser hospitals, medical office buildings and other facilities, which include locations in Colorado Springs and Pueblo. The coalition of unions, including Service Employees International Union Local 105 in Denver, represents some nurses as well as optometrists, laboratory workers, administrative workers and respiratory, X-ray, surgical and pharmacy technicians.
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Nick Roper, part of the Communications department for Kaiser Permanente Colorado, sent the following details on the announcement:
1. A strike vote and the announcement of the strike date does not mean that a strike is imminent.
2. We are having ongoing discussions with SEIU and hope to have a resolution soon.
3. We will continue to care for our members in the event of a strike and have strong plans in place. We have 1,200 physicians and thousands of additional staff in Colorado.