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.
The frontline healthcare workers of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions are excited to have reached a tentative agreement with Kaiser Permanente. We are thankful for the instrumental support of Acting US Labor Secretary Julie Su.— SEIU-UHW #United4All (@seiu_uhw) October 13, 2023
A full announcement will follow shortly. pic.twitter.com/KOAFNXhP87
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.