Business Journal: New Deal For Kaiser Workers

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 29, 2005

Kaiser Permanente has announced a new agreement with a coalition of 29 local unions. It covers 82,000 employees, including 6,000 in the Sacramento area.

It ends a two-tier wage system, whereby Sacramento workers were paid less than their peers at Kaiser’s Bay Area facilities. Since Sacramento staff were typically paid 10 to 13 percent, the salary adjustment … plus the raises in the agreement for all staff … will be significant. Union members still have to ratify the agreement.

The California Nurses Association was asked to participate in this labor negotiation, but declined. Nurses are not part of the new contract, which will extend for five years.