[Oct. 16, 2019] OAKLAND, Calif. – Fifty-seven thousand Kaiser Permanente workers in California have overwhelmingly ratified a four-year contract with the company that will protect middle-class jobs and establish a unique fund to train the workforce of the future to deal with major projected shortages of licensed staff.
“Our new contract recognizes the skill and dedication we bring to our work, and the guaranteed raises and protected benefits give us the peace of mind to focus on caring for our patients,” said Jessica Rodriguez, an emergency department technician at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. “We are also proud to have negotiated an agreement that is focused on the future and making sure patients have access to highly skilled and trained caregivers in the years to come.”
The ratified contract includes:
Fifty-seven thousand Kaiser Permanente employees in California are members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), and their new contract expires Sept. 30, 2023.
An additional 26,000 Kaiser Permanente workers in Colorado, Washington, Oregon, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. voted to ratify – or are in the process of voting to ratify – similar contracts. Voting is expected to conclude by Oct. 19.
Combined, the 83,000 workers comprise the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.