To our employees and physicians:
Welcome to For the Record, your source for sound information about Kaiser Permanente Northern California and the opportunities and challenges we face.
As we consider how best to respond to the rapid changes we're seeing in health care, the economy, and our day-to-day environment, we have been and will continue to be engaged in discussions with the unions that represent our employees. We know you may hear conflicting information from different sources, so we want to make sure you are equipped with facts and information about what Kaiser Permanente is doing and why.
Thank you for all you contribute, every day, to help KP achieve its mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We encourage you to check this site often and contribute your own questions.
Energized by the work at hand, management and union negotiators wrapped up the first Kaiser Permanente-Coalition bargaining session in Los Angeles on Thursday, May 16.
The president of our Northern California Region, Janet Liang, opened the first Kaiser Permanente-Coalition bargaining session Tuesday sharing how early experiences shaped her values as a leader. She started at KP as an intern 27 years ago and never left.
A joint message from Kaiser Permanente and the Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW): Kaiser Permanente and SEIU-UHW are pleased to announce that we have reached a mutually beneficial agreement to ensure options, including the continued employment, for 63 gardeners in Northern California.
It’s great to be able to report to you that our 2-day opening session of bargaining between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions went very well.
The following message was sent on Wednesday, April 17, to employees throughout Kaiser Permanente: We are pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions will begin the bargaining process for a new KP-Coalition National Agreement today and tomorrow in Oakland. Our goal in these important bargaining sessions is to achieve a mutually beneficial agreement that advances the interests of our organization, our employees who are represented by the Coalition unions, and — most importantly — the members and patients we serve. Kaiser Permanente hires, retains, and develops the best people in health care, who are committed to our mission, and enables them to do their best work.
Kaiser Permanente and NUHW met for our 27th bargaining session on March 22. KP presented more enhancements to our wage proposals that will further reinforce our therapists' position as the best paid in their communities.
Kaiser Permanente and NUHW met for our 25th bargaining session on Feb. 28. For your information, here is a recap of the KP’s open operational and economic proposals on the table as of Feb 28, and their benefit to therapists.
Since June 2018, Kaiser Permanente and NUHW have met 22 times, spent hundreds of hours at the bargaining table (never shying away from hard, honest discussions), exchanged dozens of proposals, and experienced a 5-day strike. Now, we are near the end – the parties have only three scheduled bargaining sessions left, with the last date being Feb. 28.
The NLRB is following its routine process to set an evidentiary hearing, however SEIU-UHW claims that the NLRB reached a decision and that Kaiser Permanente has been indicted. Neither is true.
The following message was sent to all employees and physicians in the Kaiser Permanente Northern California Region on behalf of Janet Liang, President, Northern California Region, Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan; and Richard Isaacs, MD, FACS, CEO and Executive Director, The Permanente Medical Group: