The parties were feuding over a proposed contract from Kaiser that would have implemented a two-tiered wage system giving new hires substantially lower pay and fewer perks. Employees also wanted Kaiser to agree to higher cost-of-living increases for the next several years and commit to hiring more nurses as the coronavirus pandemic continues to stretch workers thin.
The new contract includes wage increases and abandons the two-tiered proposal, while offering new racial justice language to confirm the company’s commitment to closing the wage gap and providing additional money for an educational fund.
“This landmark agreement positions Kaiser Permanente for a successful future focused on providing high-quality health care that is affordable and accessible for our more than 12 million members and the communities we serve. It also underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees by maintaining industry-leading wages and benefits,” said Christian Meisner, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente.
A vote to ratify the new contract will be held over the next several weeks.