Kaiser, SEIU clash in pub­lic ahead of la­bor hear­ing

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The fed­eral govern­ment in March will weigh in on a la­bor dis­pute be­tween Oak­land, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente and a coali­tion af­fil­i­ated with the SEIU-United Health­care Work­ers West union. The Na­tional La­bor Re­la­tions Board hear­ing will mark the cul­mi­na­tion of months of po­lit­i­cal drama be­tween a ma­jor health sys­tem and the con­tro­ver­sial union.

The SEIU has bat­tled with the state’s hos­pi­tals for years through voter bal­lot ini­tia­tives tar­get­ing health sys­tems’ prof­its.

A com­plaint filed last May by the SEIU-af­fil­i­ated Coali­tion of Kaiser Permanente Unions came af­ter a ma­jor union rift pushed the SEIU out of la­bor ne­go­ti­a­tions. Last week, the pol­i­tics of the dis­pute es­ca­lated as SEIU-United Health­care Work­ers West her­alded the hear­ing an­nounce­ment as a fed­eral in­dict­ment against the health sys­tem.

Kaiser claimed the way the SEIU has framed the hear­ing is “mis­lead­ing and in­ac­cu­rate.”

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