Kaiser Permanente strike threat withdrawn, agreement reached

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The contract could be ratified by Oct. 1

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Kaiser Permanente workers have rescinded their strike threat after reaching a tentative agreement with the company on Wednesday.

Throughout August, 4,500 members of the Service Employees International Union Local 49 in Oregon and Washington voted on the strike with 98% voting in support. More than 80,000 workers around the country also voted on this strike.

The strike was set to happen in early October and had the potential to be the biggest strike the U.S. had seen in 2 decades.

Yet, the possible disaster was put to rest once a tentative agreement on a national, 4-year collective bargaining agreement which covers 85,000 unionized Kaiser Permanente workers across 11 local unions was reached.

This agreement includes guaranteed solid wage increases each year through 2023. Employees will also have more opportunities for career growth as well as increased retirement security and career mobility.

If the new contract becomes ratified, it will become effective on October 1.

KOIN 6 News will continue to cover this story.

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