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Tenet Hospital Workers Ratify Statewide Contract
Date:10/29/2007

Agreement Includes Training Fund, Raises, Fair Election Agreement

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Healthcare workers at 14 California hospitals from Palm Springs to San Ramon ratified a new contract with Tenet Healthcare Corp. this week, cementing a deal to strengthen care at their facilities and bringing closure to bargaining that lasted more than a year.

The workers, represented by SEIU locals United Healthcare Workers-West and 121RN, overwhelmingly ratified the tentative agreement reached two weeks ago. The votes were counted on Saturday. Ninety-eight percent of the nurses, aides, technicians, clerks, and other workers who cast ballots voted to approve the agreement.

"I'm so glad we came out of this process with a great contract," said Tony Aidukas, a rehab specialist at Desert Regional Medical Center. "We won fair wage increases that bring us closer to industry standards, and protected our ability to be involved in patient-care decisions. This contract will improve the lives of hospital patients and healthcare workers alike."

The contract covers 7,000 workers at 14 Tenet hospitals: Desert Regional Medical Center in Palm Springs; Doctors Hospital of Manteca; Doctors Medical Center of Modesto; Encino-Tarzana Regional Medical Center (both campuses); Garden Grove Hospital and Medical Center; Irvine Regional Hospital and Medical Center; John F. Kennedy Memorial Hospital in Indio; Lakewood Regional Medical Center; Los Alamitos Medical Center; San Ramon Regional Medical Center; Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center in San Luis Obispo; Twin Cities Community Hospital in Templeton; and USC University Hospital in Los Angeles.

The agreement strengthens patient-care committees and includes provisions that emulate the success of SEIU-represented hospitals, where care has improved through improving workers' voice on the job. It establishes a "no subcontracting" clause to ensure the hospitals will be staffed by well-tr
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