October 5, 1997 in City

Kaiser Permanente Employees Approve Contract, To End Strike

From Staff And Wire Reports

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.

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