OAKLAND -- A planned strike of about 13,000 UC hospital workers starting Monday has been cancelled, as a tentative contract agreement for patient care technical workers has been reached.

The deal was struck Sunday morning after marathon bargaining sessions over the weekend, both UC and union officials said.

The four-year agreement, which covers 13,000 patient care technical workers at medical and student health centers, includes "union priorities of fair wage increases, secure benefits, and staffing protections, while addressing UC's top priority of pension reform," AFSCME said in a news release.

The agreement includes across-the-board and step increases totaling 24.5 percent, along with a ratification bonus, health rate freezes for lower-salaried employees, and revised language on layoffs, UC officials said.

AFSCME officials said strike talks were prompted by UC's decision last summer to impose contract terms that included new layoff powers.

"This proposed agreement reflects compromise on both sides, improves safety in UC hospitals, and honors the important contributions to patient care technical worker," AFSCME 3299 President Kathryn Lybarger said.

"There was true compromise by both sides to reach this agreement," said Dwaine Duckett, UC vice president for human resources, in a news release. "This ends nearly two years of very challenging negotiations and serves as a foundation for UC and AFSCME to build on going forward."


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The union will hold a ratification vote later this week.

"Our members are looking forward to ratifying this agreement, returning to work, and doing what they do best -- caring for patients," Lybarger said.

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