Kaiser Permanente, unions reach labor deal to avert strike

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A coalition of unions representing 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California, Oregon and six other states withdrew strike notices after reaching a tentative labor deal with the health care network.

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The Alliance of Health Care Unions and Kaiser Permanente jointly announced the deal, stopping a potentially crippling strike in which 32,000 workers, most of them in Southern California, protested unwise and pay cuts for new workers. He threatened to quit his job on the coming Monday. ,

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Additional members of the coalition, which included 21 local unions, authorized a one-day “sympathy strike” on 18 November.

“This agreement will mean that patients will continue to receive the best care, and members of the Coalition will have the best jobs,” said Hal Rudick, Coalition executive director. “This contract protects our patients, provides secure staffing, and guarantees fair wages and benefits for each member of the alliance.”

Christian Meisner, chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente, said the agreement “underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees while maintaining industry-leading wages and benefits.”

Bargains are ongoing with local units representing Kaiser pharmacists in Northern California and the Pacific Northwest, as well as a group of engineers.

“We look forward to reaching an agreement soon,” Kaiser spokesman Steve Schwinsky said.

The Coalition said it has more than 35,000 member employees in California; 6,300 in Oregon and Washington; 2,100 in Colorado; 2,300 in Maryland, Washington, DC and Northern Virginia; 3,000 in Georgia; and 1,900 in Hawaii.

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