Kaiser health care worker strike averted as tentative deal is reached, company says


Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Well being Care Unions reached a tentative settlement on Saturday after greater than 30,000 Kaiser Permanente workers threatened to strike on Monday resulting from a labor dispute. The deal is on a 4-year contract and covers almost 50,000 Kaiser Permanente well being care workers in 22 native unions, the corporate stated, including {that a} strike has been averted.

The settlement consists of wage will increase, well being and retirement advantages and bonus alternatives.

Christian Meisner, senior vice chairman and chief human assets officer at Kaiser Permanente, known as it a “landmark settlement, whereas Hal Ruddick, government director of the Alliance of Well being Care Unions, stated it “will imply sufferers will proceed to obtain one of the best care, and Alliance members may have one of the best jobs.”

After battling the coronavirus pandemic for greater than 20 months, union nurses and help employees had been asking for larger pay and higher working circumstances starting Monday. Registered nurses, pharmacists, midwives, bodily therapists and different well being professionals had been anticipated to hit the picket line had a deal not been reached. Staff deliberate to strike in Oregon, Washington, California and different states.

The strike was anticipated to impression 366 Kaiser amenities in Southern California, CBS Los Angeles reported.

Kaiser, an Oakland-based firm, had warned its members of a attainable disruption to companies. The corporate had supposed to maintain hospitals, emergency departments and pressing care departments open throughout any union exercise, and stated in a message to its members it was coordinating with group hospitals and different wanted scientific suppliers to assist with affected person wants, in keeping with CBS Los Angeles.

Some appointments, elective surgical procedures, and procedures — together with non-urgent appointments — have already been canceled or rescheduled. 

Greater than 96% of Kaiser Permanente’s nurses and healthcare employees, who’re members of the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Well being Professionals, voted to authorize a strike final month. As much as 80,000 healthcare employees who belong to completely different unions had been anticipated to hitch a strike in unison, later subsequent week.