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Kaiser Permanente reaches tentative pact with unions, including nurses

Agreement includes wage hikes, career growth, mobility

The Maui News

Kaiser Permanente and 11 local unions nationally reached a tentative four-year agreement last week that covers 85,000 union health care workers nationwide, including about 1,000 in Hawaii.

Daniel Ross, president of OPEIU Local 50/Hawaii Nurses Association, which represents one of the Kaiser unions involved in the tentative agreement, said 60 members of his union’s 953 Kaiser workers statewide come from Maui.

“Its most important aspect is it preserves and actually improves the pension,” Ross said Thursday. “The details of a settlement agreement are still being worked out, but we have a good framework to rebuild the labor management partnership at Kaiser.”

The tentative agreement includes wage hikes and opportunities for career growth and mobility; preserves the existing defined benefit pension plan; and includes a list of jobs that will not be outsourced or subcontracted for the life of the contract, according to Kaiser.

The tentative agreement was reached by Kaiser and unions Wednesday, following nearly five months of active bargaining that began in April, Kaiser said.

The tentative agreement will now go to union members for ratification, where voting is expected to be completed by the end of October. If ratified, the contract will be effective today.

In addition to OPEIU Local 50/Hawaii Nurses Association, the tentative agreement covers IFPTE Local 20, OPEIU Local 29, OPEIU Local 30, OPEIU Local 2, OPEIU Local 8, SEIU Local 49, SEIU-UHW, SEIU Local 121RN, SEIU Local 105 and SEIU 1199NW.