Kaiser Nurses Approve New Contract

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Kaiser Permanente nurses in California have approved a new contact that improves patient care and health and safety protections for nurses and boosts pay.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California voted last week to approve a new three-year agreement.

About 18,000 nurses went on strike last November and another strike was planned for last week but an agreement was reached.

The California Nurses Association represents 18,000 Kaiser nurses. Those workers are part of the National Nurses United organization that represents 185,000 nurses nationally, the largest U.S. organization of nurses.

Executive Director of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United RoseAnn DeMoro said the unions appreciate the commitment of Kaiser’s leadership in addressing their concerns. A Kaiser representative did not have an immediate comment Monday.

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