Kaiser Permanente, unions reach labor deal to avert strike

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Medical staff from left, Helen Cordova, Kim Taylor, Brian Thompson, Raul Aguilar and Angela Balam pose for photos after receiving the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center in Los Angeles Dec. 14, 2020. An alliance of unions representing 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California, Oregon and six other states has called off a strike notice after reaching a tentative labor deal with the health care network. Both sides announced the agreement Saturday, Nov. 13, staving off a potentially crippling strike. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
LOS ANGELES (AP) — An alliance of unions representing 50,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in California, Oregon and six other states called off a strike notice after reaching a tentative labor deal Saturday with the health care network. The Alliance of Health Care Unions and Kaiser Permanente jointly announced the agreement, staving off a potentially crippling strike in which 32,000 employees, most of them in Southern California, threatened to walk off the job Nov. 15 to protest understaffing and wage cuts for new hires. Additional members of the alliance, comprised of 21 local unions, authorized a one-day “sympathy strike” Nov. 18. Agreement on the four-year contract includes annual wage increases, while maintaining health benefits for employees, and new staffing language to c
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