Kaiser’s registered nurses are no longer planning to strike on Wednesday and Thursday after a tentative contract agreement was achieved.
About 18,000 RNs and nurse practitioners at Kaiser hospitals and clinics across Northern and Central California, including Kaiser Richmond, had threatened to walk off their jobs amid contentious negotiations that began in July.
But the California Nurses Association (CNA) called off the strike after reaching a tentative three-year agreement with Kaiser management.
Votes to ratify the new contract will be submitted by union members over the next month, the healthcare provider said in a statement.
The agreed-upon contract. according to Kaiser, saves money while offering more affordable, but comprehensive benefits and provides “operational flexibility in the workplace.”
“Although we have had disagreements at times with CNA, as this agreement reflects, we have been able to work through those disagreements, and ultimately agree on common goals that are in the best interests of our members, employees and our entire organization,” said Gregory A. Adams, group president and regional president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc., in Northern California.