Kaiser Permanente mental health workers threaten to strike

About 4,000 mental health workers at Kaiser Permanente will go on strike next week at facilities throughout California if they and the healthcare giant fail to reach a new contract before then, the workers’ union said Thursday. The main issue, the National Union of Healthcare Workers says, is that Kaiser is being too slow to enable its patients to access mental health care. NUHW President Sal Rosselli said the strike would start Tuesday if the separate contracts for Kaiser’s Northern California and Southern California mental health workers are not reached…

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University lecturers threaten marking boycott in pay dispute

University lecturers are threatening a marking and work-setting boycott in the autumn term in an escalation of their dispute with employers over pay. The University College Union has also pledged to disrupt open days and graduations if it is not settled. The row, which led to a two-day walkout last week, is over a 1.1% pay offer, which the Universities and Colleges Employers Association say is “good”. However, union general secretary Sally Hunt says the offer is an “insult”. The employers group has argued that the offer is at, and…

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