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Kaiser, union reach tentative deal after 3-day strike by health care workers

The tentative contract deal comes after a historic three-day strike last week
The crowd chants at a press conference held at the Oregon AFL-CIO offices in Portland, Sept. 14, 2023. The union was pushing for higher wages, saying low pay was contributing to turnover and short staffing. | KRISTYNA WENTZ-GRAFF/OPB
October 17, 2023

Administrators with Kaiser Permanente and a union representing health care workers say they have reached a tentative contract deal following a three-day strike last week.

The Service Employees International Union announced the deal on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.


Last week, around 75,000 Kaiser workers across the country, including in Oregon, walked off the job in protest of staffing shortages and pay. It was widely considered the largest health care strike in U.S. history.

In Oregon, the workers on strike included service and clerical workers, certified nursing assistants, food service workers, housekeeping staff, schedulers and others, through SEIU Local 49. The strike led to notable disruptions in service at Kaiser facilities, as some medical and dental offices had to close.

Friday’s deal does not include pharmacy workers, who are also striking at Kaiser. Their union, the United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555, has yet to reach a deal with the health care giant. That strike could last through Oct. 21, according to Kaiser.

Patients in Oregon may continue to see delays in filling prescriptions until that strike is resolved. As of Friday morning, Kaiser said its pharmacy locations at the Gateway, Keizer Station, Orchards, Rockwood, Salmon Creek, Sunnybrook and Tualatin medical offices remain closed.

The company has encouraged patients to seek prescriptions through its mail order program, through its app or at partnering retail pharmacies. More information is available online.

This is a developing story and may be updated. See Oregon Public Broadcasting for updates.

This article was originally published by Oregon Public Broadcasting. It has been republished here with permission.