Kaiser Reaches Contract Agreement

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, September 29, 2005

The contract covers nurses, lab technicians, pharmacists, janitors and cafeteria workers at more than 400 facilities in eight states and the District of Columbia. The pact includes pay raises that average nearly five percent in the first year for workers in California. Kaiser employees in Sacramento will receive even more. 

The rank-and-file of the 29 unions involved are scheduled to finishing voting on the proposal this week.

Sal Rosselli, President of United Health Care Workers West, says it appears the contract will be approved easily.

"We're counting them medical center by medical center and it's like 98 percent acceptance. It's the best contract that we've settled with a health system employer ever."

Kaiser officials say the agreement will help the company recruit and retain employees.
The new contract will be the second five-year agreement the parties have negotiated. It's scheduled to go into effect Saturday.