Kaiser mental health professionals go on strike

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RIVERSIDE (CNS) - Thousands of mental health professionals at Kaiser Permanente facilities in Riverside County and across the state hit the picket lines Monday, beginning a five-day strike amid a continued labor standoff. The walkout by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, representing roughly 4,000 psychologists, therapists, psychiatric nurses and other healthcare employees, had been planned in November but was delayed out of respect following the death of Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson. Union officials said the walkout could result in the shutdown of more than 100 Kaiser clinics and medical facilities "from San Diego to Sacramento." Kaiser officials insisted they were doing everything they can to minimize disruptions to patients, but acknowledged that some appointments may need to b
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