Kaiser, unions, reach tentative labor agreement

Kaiser Permanente and labor unions representing 80,000 health care workers in seven states, including 4,900 in the East Bay, agreed Wednesday morning to a tentative contract agreement.

For Kaiser employees represented by the coalition of unions in California, the new contract includes a three percent increase in wages over each of the next four years, according to the unions.

Earlier this month, the unions announced an Oct. 14 strike date for its workers spread across seven states, including California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, Virginia, Maryland, and the District of Columbia.

Under the tentative agreement, Kaiser will fund a $130 million training program for its employees, and institute a prohibition on the use of subcontracting, along with new restrictions on outsourcing of labor.

Kaiser employees represented by the unions are primarily located at the hospital’s facilities in Oakland and San Leandro. Other Kaiser hospitals in East Bay are located in Pleasanton, Livermore, and Fremont.

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