The owners of Los Robles Hospital & Medical Center and the hospital's workers' union have agreed on a new contract after weeks of negotiations and the threat of a strike, officials said Monday.

Some 95 percent of voting union members from the Thousand Oaks hospital and four other California-based hospitals - all owned by HCA Inc., the nation's largest for-profit hospital chain - ratified a statewide contract in a vote held Friday.

United Healthcare Workers-West, a local division of the Service Employees International Union, represents about 1,000 workers at Los Robles, essentially everyone but doctors and supervisors, union officials said.

The contract, which will govern all California HCA hospitals, will expire March 31, 2010. It includes a 40 percent pay increase for many, a ban on mandatory overtime and subcontracting, and safe-staffing guidelines.

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