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Mental health workers at Kaiser strike for their patients & improved working conditions

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On this special edition of Your Call, we'll find out why Kaiser Permanente therapists, social workers, and other mental health workers are on a five-day strike across California.

Mental health workers say Kaiser doesn’t provide timely mental health care to its patients. The strike is meant to draw attention to long wait times – sometimes months at a time – for patients trying to get follow-up appointments to address depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and other conditions. Workers are calling for increased hiriing, a focus on retention, and pay increases.


Ken Rogers, psychologist at Kaiser for 15 years, shop steward, and strike organizer in Roseville, CA 

Web Resources:

Sacramento Bee: Thousands of nurses, behavioral health workers picket Kaiser statewide over patient care

USA Today: Will your therapist go on strike? 4,000 mental health workers protesting Kaiser Permanente


Rose Aguilar has been the host of Your Call since 2006. She became a regular media roundtable guest in 2001. In 2019, the San Francisco Press Club named Your Call the best public affairs program. In 2017, The Nation named it the most valuable local radio show.