Kaiser Permanente reaches deal with nurses health professionals

first_imgKaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a national, three-year collective bargaining agreement.The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals ratified the national and local agreements Friday evening by a vote of 98 percent. Other chapters will be voting throughout October on the agreement, and local union representatives believe the agreement will be completely ratified this month.That agreement covers health care workers at the five Kaiser clinics in Clark County. Once fully ratified, it will cover the 6,300 health care professionals in Washington and Oregon, and nearly 48,000 unionized Kaiser Permanente health care workers nationwide.The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals’ main focus was safe staffing, which means that Kaiser is allowing the proper amount of nurses to work, so that patients can get quality treatment.“We call it (safe staffing) because we see that there needs to be a certain amount of staff there for the patients to get the care they deserve,” OFNHP President Adrienne Enghouse said.The agreement also includes across-the-board wage increases, which vary by region and year, and safeguards for pensions that will ensure future employees can have pensions. It also means nurses won’t have their shift canceled.last_img