More than 4,000 psychologists and other medical professionals postponed their strike against health professional Kaiser Permanente indefinitely after CEO Bernard Tyson died on Sunday.
The National Union of Healthcare Workers was set to strike from Monday to Friday to demand Kaiser Permanente improve retirement and health benefits as well as look at clinicians' suggestions to improve access to mental health care.
"We offer our condolences to Bernard's family, friends and colleagues," NUHW President Sal Rosselli said in a statement. "Our members dedicate their lives to helping people through tragedy and trauma, and they understood that a strike would not be appropriate during this period of grief and reflection."
One hundred seventy union leaders voted Sunday afternoon to postpone the strike, which would have shaken mental health services at about 1
KAISER PERMANENTE CEO BERNARD TYSON DEAD AT 60
Tyson passed away early Sunday morning. He was 60 years old.
"I have known Bernard since he was manager at Kaiser Oakland Medical Center in the early 1980s," Rosselli said. "While we had our differences, I had tremendous respect for him and his willingness to work with workers to make Kaiser the model medical services provider in California. We couldn't achieve the same level of collaboration in Kaiser's mental health services, but I thought he wanted Kaiser to achieve real parity for mental health, and I know that our members are still committed to achieving that goal. "
GET FOX BUSINESS ON THE CLICK HERE  Kaiser Permanente argues that a strike will not help the two sides "to obtain a mutually beneficial contract." NUHW therapists receive an excellent pay and benefits package as well as plenty of time to do papers and calls, Kaiser Permanent Communications Director John Nelson told Sacramento Bee.
Kaiser Permanente has "taken important steps to help address the country's mental health crisis – hiring hundreds of new therapists, building new treatment facilities and investing $ 40 million to help people get into mental health care. strikes do nothing to advance our important work to promote care, nor does it help us to achieve a mutually beneficial contract, "Nelson said.
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