Union Reaches Tentative Deal With HCA-Owned Hospitals in California
Members of Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West have reached a tentative agreement with the five California hospitals owned by Hospital Corporation of America, the San Fernando Valley Business Journal reports (San Fernando Valley Business Journal, 12/6).
The five HCA-owned hospitals in California are:
- Good Samaritan Hospital in San Jose;
- Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center in Thousand Oaks;
- Regional Medical Center of San Jose;
- Riverside Community Hospital; and
- West Hills Hospital & Medical Center (Gregory, Ventura County Star, 12/6).
The tentative agreement comes after the union canceled a one-day strike scheduled for last week. The union had said the strike aimed to reinvigorate labor negotiations.
SEIU-UHW and HCA officials now plan to continue negotiations with the help of a federal mediator.
Details on Tentative Agreement
According to SEIU-UHW, the tentative agreement with HCA would:
- Guarantee raises of 2% annually for four years;
- Protect employer-sponsored health coverage; and
- Allow for career advancement (San Fernando Valley Business Journal, 12/6).
Ratifying the Agreement
Union members at the five HCA hospitals are scheduled to hold a vote to ratify the agreement on Wednesday and Thursday.
Final results are expected to be available Thursday afternoon or early Friday (Ventura County Star, 12/6).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.