SACRAMENTO — Dozens of Kaiser Permanente union members staged a protest on Labor Day, blocking a busy downtown intersection.
Workers say the protest was to call out “unfair labor practices” within the medical system.
J street is currently closed due to protests from 3rd to 5th…traffic being rerouted pic.twitter.com/7E31DJa60R
— Captain Norm Leong (@NormLeong) September 2, 2019
The march began at 10 a.m. at the State Capitol and ended up at the intersection of 5th and J streets, outside a Kaiser Permanente office.
The intersection was blocked for about an hour, with lanes reopening around 12:30 p.m.
The union’s contract expired about a year ago. Workers say their demands for the new contact include better staffing and higher wages.
Kaiser Permanente issued a statement Monday that read, in part:
Kaiser Permanente has contracts with 60 unions, and we remain committed to working together for those who rely on us to provide high-quality, affordable health care — and to keep our organization a great place to work. We offer highly competitive salaries and wages while also making health care more accessible and affordable.