Kaiser Permanente Employees Approve Contract, To End Strike
Striking Kaiser Permanente workers overwhelmingly approved a new contract and will begin returning to work Monday, according to votes tallied Saturday.
The approval ends a 33-day-old strike over the amount union members will pay toward benefits.
Members cast 85 percent of their votes in favor of a union-backed contract. That contract contains 2 percent annual wage increases, no health insurance premiums for full-time workers, $7 co-payments for doctor and dental visits, $3 co-payments for prescription drugs and a cut in Kaiser’s contribution to the workers’ retirement plan.
Local 49 represents about 2,000 Kaiser employees in Kaiser medical and dental offices in western Washington and Oregon.