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Kaiser Healthcare Workers Holding One of Largest Strikes in Hospital's History

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Photo of Kaiser nurses protesting in June 2010, courtesy of NUHW.
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If you have an appointment at Kaiser today, you might want to call ahead -- one of the largest healthcare worker strikes in the hospital's history is happening today, reports NBC Los Angeles.

The strike is spearheaded by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, or NUHW, and according to the union's website, it stems from contract negotiations that have been going on since 2010. Workers say Kaiser is trying to cut their health care and retirement benefits by too much, and that the hospital refuses to hire enough staff to adequately meet patient needs.

NUHW is being joined by the California Nurses Association as well as Local 39 Station Engineers, and NUHW estimates that as many as 23,000 people will be on the picket lines today.

The strikes are taking place throughout California, from San Francisco to SoCal. The largest local picket line will be at Kaiser's Sunset and Vine location.