Kaiser Permanente and more than 84,000 workers represented by the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions ratified a four-year contract, the Oakland, Calif.-based integrated health system announced Friday.
The agreement builds on the deal between Kaiser and more than 57,000 California employees represented by the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West completed last month. The remaining 26,000-plus employees are in Colorado, Hawaii, Maryland, Oregon, Virginia, Washington state and Washington, D.C.
The contract includes a $130 million workforce development program, plans to recruit, train and place thousands of individuals in licensed healthcare positions, and 3% annual raises. Other provisions include promoting cooperation between frontline workers and managers, banning subcontracting and limiting outsourcing of current positions, and forming a committee to oversee technology implementation and staffing.
"This agreement will help to keep Kaiser Permanente a great place to work for all and is aligned with our commitment to greater affordability for our members and customers," Arlene Peasnall, senior vice president and interim chief human resources officer at Kaiser, said in prepared remarks.
While Kaiser and the coalition were able to avoid a strike, nearly 4,000 of its mental health workers in California represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers are threatening to walk out the week of Nov. 11.