Riverside Hospital, Healthcare Union reach tentative agreement, avoid walkout

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Temecula Valley Hospital healthcare workers gather out front of the hospital to observe a parade of cars with people sharing their appreciation for staff organized by the Temecula Valley Balloon & Wine Festival, April 24. Valley News/Shane Gibson photo
RIVERSIDE (CNS) - A planned walkout involving more than 300 unionized healthcare workers at a west Riverside hospital will not go forward as planned today, following word that a tentative collective bargaining agreement was cinched.Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West had announced Monday that all 334 members working at Doctors Hospital of Riverside would be taking to the picket lines at 6 this morning for a 24-hour strike to raise awareness about problems with staffing, low wages and other issues under negotiation.However, as of Wednesday afternoon, negotiators for SEIU-UHW and hospital owner AHMC in Alhambra reached a compromise that included concessions that the union was seeking, according to officials.One of the key elements of the
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