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Kaiser Mental Health Workers to Hit Picket Line Second Time This Year
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Kaiser Mental Health Workers to Hit Picket Line Second Time This Year

Mental health therapists at Kaiser Permanente clinics across the state will begin an open-ended strike starting next week. According to a press release from the National Union of Healthcare Workers, NUHW, understaffing has forced patients to wait months for therapy sessions. Mental health clinicians hope a strike will prompt the health care provider to address the access-to-care issues. This is the second strike in Hawai‘i this year where clinicians left their offices and took to the picket line. “Clinicians will strike for as long as it takes to make Kaiser address an understaffing crisis that leaves patients waiting months for therapy sessions,” stated Matthew Artz with the National Union of Healthcare Workers. The strikes outside Kaiser facilities will begin at 6 a.m. on Monday, ...