Emergency Room Sign. Photo by John Schreiber.
Emergency Room Sign. Photo by John Schreiber.

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern and Central California ratified a new labor contract that gives them a 14 percent raise over three years and will affect nurses at Kaiser hospitals in Southern California.

Members of California Nurses Association, representing about 18,000 employees, voted overwhelmingly to accept the deal, which was expected to be extended to nurses who work for Kaiser in Southern California, because they have asked to be represented by the same union.

“This contract will set the national standards for all other hospitals to achieve patient protections and solidify the future of the nursing profession,” said Zenei Cortez, co-president of CNA.

Under the contract, Kaiser will add about 540 registered nursing positions, new accidental death and dismemberment benefits and paid time off for up to 25 nurses to volunteer their services in U.S. and global disasters.

Kaiser Permanente is the largest HMO in California.

City News Service

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