Pact averts strike at Dignity Health

Published: Saturday, Jun. 23, 2012 - 12:00 am | Page 6B
Last Modified: Tuesday, Jun. 26, 2012 - 8:59 am

Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West said its members reached a tentative agreement Friday with Dignity Health. The agreement averted a strike set for 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The union said the agreement maintains workers' full benefits, provides raises and contains provisions to promote better health among Dignity employees as a way of lowering costs, and modeling healthy lifestyles to the public. The new health provisions for employees are part of SEIU-UHW's "Let's Get Healthy California" initiative launched earlier this year.

The agreement covers 14,000 workers in 31 facilities across the state; the tentative four-year contract is subject to a membership vote.

Dignity Health was formerly known as Catholic Healthcare West.

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