LOS ANGELES — A tentative agreement was reached Thursday on a new contract for registered nurses at Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center, averting a planned two-day strike scheduled for next week.
The agreement includes what the California Nurses Association, which represents nurses, describes as “economic gains and health benefits provisions to help retain and recruit experienced nurses, including no benefits for pensions or retiree health,” and “equity and inclusion provisions, including an agreement to address systemic racism within the health care system.
Other provisions include requiring the hospital to maintain a stock of personal protective equipment for three months, increased tuition reimbursement, and comprehensive workplace violence prevention provisions, including the expanding workplace violence prevention plans; and increasing the paid time that elected nursing leaders can devote to systemic nursing care. problems, according to the union.
The tentative agreement follows 18 months of negotiations between the union and Kaiser Permanente. The nurses organized a one-day strike on June 23 and an information picket on September 1.
A vote on ratifying the deal is scheduled for Tuesday.
“This contract reflects our deep appreciation for the extraordinary commitment of our nurses throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as current patient care challenges such as influenza and RSV,” Kaiser said. Permanent in a release.
“Kaiser Permanente and CNA affirmed their shared commitment to working together to ensure the best possible outcomes and future for our employees, Kaiser Permanente, and our members and patients.
Registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 21 Kaiser facilities in Northern California also reached tentative agreements Thursday.