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Kaiser Permanente, union reach tentative deal after huge strike

A group of union employees, some wearing masks and sunglasses, hold signs at a public protest.
Medical workers and supporters hold signs as they protest outside of a Kaiser Permanente facility in San Francisco on Oct. 4, 2023. | Source: AP Photo / Jeff Chiu

Union healthcare workers and medical giant Kaiser Permanente came to a tentative deal after the largest healthcare strike in U.S. history, both sides announced early Friday.

The strike, which lasted from Oct. 4 to Oct. 7, saw 75,000 technicians, cleaning staff and some pharmacy workers walk off their jobs, demanding better pay and working conditions amid post-pandemic burnout and pervasive short-staffing in the health care industry.

No details on the tentative agreement were immediately available.

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During the strike, outsourcing and understaffing emerged as sticking points for labor organizers, who say they want higher pay to stem a staffing exodus fueled by pandemic burnout. 

“Frontline healthcare workers continue to await meaningful action by Kaiser executives to address our key priorities, including safe staffing, outsourcing protections for incumbent healthcare workers, and fair wages to reduce turnover,” Gwendolyn Holloway, a contact lens technician at the Kaiser Permanente Vallejo Medical Center, said in a Oct. 6 union news release. 

Neither Kaiser Permanente nor the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions responded immediately to requests for comment.

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