The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

California:
Strike against Kaiser’s Attack

Feb 6, 2012

Kaiser Permanente workers held a one-day strike across California on January 31 to protest the company’s proposal to cut retirement and health care benefits.

This is the fourth short strike called since last March by the National Healthcare Workers Union (NUHW), which represents about 4,000 Kaiser employees, including registered nurses and mental health and social workers, who left the SEIU in disgust with SEIU leaders’ policies.

About 17,000 nurses of the California Nurses Association and 650 maintenance workers of the Stationary Engineers Local 39 joined the strike in solidarity. But the leaders of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents 44,000 Kaiser workers in California, have been telling their members to cross the picket line!

It’s outrageous that people who call themselves union leaders – those at the head of the SEIU – should so blatantly betray workers’ interests.

Workers who remain in SEIU have some decisions to make.