OAKLAND, CA – Acting Secretary of Labor Julie A. Su today released the following statement after a tentative labor agreement was reached between leaders for the coalition representing health care workers and Kaiser Permanente:“Today, following many rounds of intense negotiations, leadership for Kaiser Permanente and the coalition of unions representing its workers reached a tentative agreement covering more than 85,000 workers across seven states and the District of Columbia. This hard-won, historic deal reflects the dedication and commitment of both parties and a longstanding labor-management partnership between them. “What the parties have achieved here in Oakland demonstrates, once again, that collective bargaining works. When workers have a voice and a seat at the table, it can result in historic gains for workers, their employer and our country.  “The President and I congratulate the parties on reaching a mutually beneficial deal that delivers important stability for this critical workforce, for Kaiser Permanente and for the patients in their collective care.”

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