By Maia Anderson, Shannon Young | January 5, 2024

Healthcare saw an increase in labor activity in 2023 as workers fought for safe staffing levels, compensation increases, and more.

If there’s one word that could summarize healthcare in 2023, it’s “strike.”

From nurses to dialysis workers, a broad spectrum of healthcare workers participated in labor activity last year, with at least 27 strikes taking place at hospitals and health systems across the US, according to Healthcare Dive’s strike tracker.

And experts don’t think the labor activity is slowing down anytime soon.

“Workers are feeling fired up and emboldened, and really stepping into their power,” Renée Saldaña, a spokesperson for Service Employees International Union–United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), which represents over 100,000 healthcare workers, told Healthcare Brew. “What we can see is workers really starting to stand up for themselves and for their patients for better working conditions […] I don’t think that’s going to stop.”