A message for employees
The following message was sent to employees throughout the Northern California region on Thursday, Nov. 29:
The National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), the union that represents the therapists who provide mental health and wellness care for our members and patients, has issued a 10-day notice of its intent to strike beginning at 6 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 10, and ending at 6 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
In addition, the California Nurses Association (CNA) and Local 39 have issued notices for sympathy strikes over the same time period. We are disappointed to receive these unions’ sympathy strike notices, considering that earlier this year we achieved generous contracts with them both.
After 16 bargaining sessions over 5 months negotiating to renew the contract that expired Sept. 30 and with no take-aways introduced by Kaiser Permanente at the bargaining table, we are disappointed that NUHW leadership has made a decision to conduct a strike. We encourage union leaders to use the bargaining table as the place to address their proposals.
The safety of our members and ensuring access and service availability are our primary concerns. We have a regional operational team and extensive planning in place to ensure we maintain operations, access, and services and we will be implementing our work stoppage plans immediately. Additional details will be sent to the leadership teams in each service area regarding our preparations for the strike.
We will keep you informed of developments in this matter. Thank you.
This message was sent on behalf of Debora Catsavas, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, KFH/HP; and Deborah Royalty, Chief of Administrative Operations, TPMG.