Northern California Delta Dental Workers Reject Latest Contract Proposal
About 1,000 Northern California Delta Dental Plan clerical employees who have been on strike since July 19 voted 495-377 yesterday to reject the company's latest contract proposal, the Sacramento Bee reports (Sacramento Bee, 7/30). The latest contract -- the second proposed in the last month -- would have provided an 18.5% wage increase over four years, with an immediate 6% raise after the workers approved the contract. In addition, the proposal would have clarified a new policy that allows clerical employees who have worked 40 hours in a week to earn overtime pay for Saturday shifts (California Healthline, 7/25). Teamsters Union Local 856, which represents the clerical workers, has asked other unions not to conduct business with Delta until the strike ends. Delta officials and union representatives have not scheduled new contract negotiations, the Bee reports (Sacramento Bee, 7/30).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.