By CBSLA Staff

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance for Health Care Unions have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that affects thousands of workers.

The tentative agreement covers nearly 50,000 Kaiser Permanente employees in 22 local unions.

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The proposed agreement includes new staffing language that continue to protect employees and patients, annual wage increases and maintains benefits while providing career development and advancement opportunities.

Kaiser released a statement that read in part:

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“This landmark agreement positions Kaiser Permanente for a successful future focused on providing high quality health care that is affordable and accessible for our more than 12 million members and the communities we serve,” Kaiser said. “. . . it also underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees by maintaining industry-leading wages and benefits.”

The Alliance for Health Care Unions released a statement as well. It read, in part:

“This agreement will mean patients will continue to receive the best care, and Alliance members will have the best jobs.”

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Members are expected to vote on the agreement within the next several weeks.