Kaiser Permanente agrees to new deal with employees after strike

Healthcare workers will not go on additional strikes after a new contract was tentatively agreed to with Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente and 85,000 of its unionized employees have reached a tentative agreement after the largest strike in healthcare history. 

The two sides announced the tentative agreement on Friday. 


The backstory: Last week 75,000 workers across several states, including California, went on a three-day strike to protest wages and staffing levels. 

  • The strike came after the contract with the union expired at the end of last month. 

The big picture: Per the deal, Kaiser will raise wages by 21 percent of four years, as well as offering a minimum wage of $25 per hour in California. 

  • The union said it received protective terms around subcontracting and outsourcing, which will keep experienced healthcare workers in their jobs. 
  • Kaiser will also streamline hiring practices, increase training and education funding, have mass hiring events and commit to upskill existing workers.
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