Kaiser Permanente, unions reach labor agreement to avoid strike

Kaiser Permanente, unions reach labor agreement to avoid strike

Angels A coalition of unions representing 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California, Oregon and six other states canceled a strike notice after reaching a temporary work agreement Saturday with the health care network.

The coalition of health care unions and Kaiser Permanente jointly announced the agreement, to avert a potentially crippling strike as 32,000 employees, mostly in Southern California, threatened to quit the job next Monday to protest staff shortages and pay cuts for new employees. .

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

The statement said agreement on a four-year contract includes annual wage increases, while maintaining employee health benefits, and a new hiring language to continue protecting employees and patients.

“This agreement will mean that patients will continue to receive the best care, and alliance members will have the best jobs,” said Hal Roddick, Executive Director of the Alliance. “This contract protects our patients, provides safe employees, and ensures fair wages and benefits for every member of the alliance.”

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

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

“We hope to reach agreements soon,” said Kaiser spokesman Steve Shevinsky.

The coalition said it has more than 35,000 employees in California; 6300 in Oregon and Washington; 2100 in Colorado; 2300 in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia; 3000 in Georgia; and 1900 in Hawaii.

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