If ratified, the four-year contract between Kaiser and seven unions in six states and the District of Columbia would prevent a nationwide strike that was scheduled to begin on October 14. The interim agreement provides for annual wage increases and maintains excellent performance for workers, while creating a program to reduce the national shortage of health workers. If the agreement is ratified, Kaiser Permanente – including its members, staff and local communities – will ensure a sustainable future as the organization strives to make its quality integrated care model even more affordable and accessible in all regions. The workers are represented by the coalition of permanent kaiser unions, which includes SEIU-UHW and 10 other unions. If the employment contract is ratified, it provides for annual wage increases and will maintain workers` benefits, while creating a program to reduce the national shortage of health workers. “This agreement will allow us to rebuild the collaboration that is so important to all of us in work management to enable Kaiser to succeed over the past 20 years,” said Georgette Bradford, a SEIU-UHW member and ultrasound specialist at Kaiser in Sacramento. “It wasn`t easy to come to an agreement, there were a lot of twists and turns, but in the end, we got what we had to do, to reach an agreement that was good for patients, workers and our communities.” The four-year contract between Kaiser Permanente and kaiser`s Coalition of Permanent Trade Unions would include 85,000 employees; The threat of strike action has been withdrawn. The agreement also includes comprehensive pension protection for current and future workers, as well as an extension of pensions in Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. The Permanent Emperor and more than 80,000 workers in the Emperor`s coalition of permanent unions – including 65,000 members of SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West, SEIU Local 105 and SEIU Local 49 – reached a tentative agreement early Wednesday. “We respect and value our people who do our mission every day,” says Arlene Peasnall, Acting Chief Human Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanent Health Plan and Hospitals.