April 30, 2018

Statement on SEIU-UHW picketing during May 2018

Kaiser Permanente has been notified by SEIU-UHW that the union plans to conduct informational picketing at several of our California offices and medical centers during May 2018. It’s important for our members and patients to know that informational picketing is not a strike and it does not impact our care delivery or operations. While this union is staging picketing, the physicians and employees of Kaiser Permanente will remain focused on the important work of delivering high-quality, affordable care to our members and improving the health of the communities we serve.

The claims by SEIU-UHW are exactly the opposite of what’s happening. The changes we are working on will ultimately give our members and patients better service, at a lower cost, and help meet tougher government standards around controlled substances.

What’s more, Kaiser Permanente is growing, and we are adding jobs overall. Kaiser Permanente is one of the largest private employers in California with more than 149,000 employees and 16,000 physicians in the state. Since 2015, we have added more than 13,000 jobs in California and are currently hiring for more than 12,000 open positions.