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Kaiser Pact Rejected; Strike Set for Monday

A proposed three-year contract by Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers was rejected in a 2-1 vote by hospital workers, and a union official said late Friday the workers would go out on strike beginning Monday morning at facilities in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

More than 11,000 maintenance, computer, patient care and in some cases nursing employees are represented by Local 399 of the Service Employees International Union at 10 facilities in the two counties.

The proposed pact--which offered raises of 5% in the first year and 1% in each of the next two years--was rejected by a vote of 3,067 to 1,977, said Tom Ramsay, communications director for Local 399. Ramsay said, “We’re set to go out Monday morning at 12:01 a.m.”

Representatives of Kaiser had no immediate comment.

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