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First we have GM and their massive strike:

All work has stopped at more than 50 General Motors factories and warehouses in the U.S. More than 48,000 workers are on strike


Now the massive Kaiser Permanente Hospital System going on strike.

Funny how this doesn’t make the headlines.

Are we coming to the end of a 2 decade long moratorium on wage growth?  Are wage pressures beginning to ignite inflationary fires?

CIGA Wolfgang Rech

80,000 Kaiser Workers Plan 7-Day Strike That Will Affect California, 5 Other States
September 16, 2019

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions announced late Monday their roughly 80,000 workers will walk off their jobs as part of a seven-day strike beginning Oct. 14 in California, five other states and the District of Columbia.

“We believe the only way to ensure our patients get the best care is to take this step,” said Eric Jines, a radiologic technologist at Kaiser Permanente in Los Angeles. “Our goal is to get Kaiser to stop committing unfair labor practices and get back on track as the best place to work and get care. There is no reason for Kaiser to let a strike happen when it has the resources to invest in patients, communities and workers.”

Patients will see picket lines at Kaiser Permanente hospital, medical office buildings and other facilities in California as well as in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions came together in the 1990s as a way to end devastating strikes that threatened to cripple the company and make it less competitive.