The following message was sent to all employees on Wednesday, May 9, 2018: We invited the leadership of every union representing Kaiser Permanente employees to attend a national labor summit this past Monday (and all but one accepted). Our current Labor Management Partnership (LMP) has delivered more than 20 years of productive collaboration and significant results, thanks to the incredible work and innovation of employees, managers and physicians working together. Unfortunately, due to recent events, the current partnership cannot continue as it is.
The following email was sent today from Chuck Columbus, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, to all Kaiser Permanente employees: You may recall that last month, on the eve of National Bargaining, the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions split into two groups, due to leadership conflicts between the unions. As we promised at the time, we have spent the last several weeks meeting with union leadership, to ensure we understand their perspective, interests, and the potential implications of their decisions. Just as importantly, we’ve been working to find a way to move forward, together.
We are pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente nurses have voted to ratify the tentative agreement announced on March 17, and we have a new, five-year contract with the California Nurses Association (CNA). The contract reflects our respect for Kaiser Permanente nurses and the excellent care they provide to our members and patients.
The following email was sent today from Chuck Columbus, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, to all Kaiser Permanente employees: We were notified Monday night by 21 unions, which comprise a significant portion of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, that they have decided to leave the Coalition, effective immediately, and will not take part in National Bargaining.
We are pleased to announce that Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association (CNA) have reached a tentative agreement for a new 5-year contract for nurses in our Northern California region. The agreement reflects our respect for Kaiser Permanente nurses and the excellent care they provide to our patients and members.
Today, Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association (CNA) met for the 43rd day of contract negotiations.The parties continued discussing staffing and economic proposals in their efforts to reach agreement on a new contract.
Today, Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association (CNA) met for the 42nd day of contract negotiations. The parties reviewed progress to date, and established a framework for discussing staffing and economic proposals. Both parties are working hard to reach settlement on a new contract.
National Bargaining between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions will kick off March 27 in Oakland as scheduled. Using the interest-based bargaining process, bargaining will be held during multiple sessions through early June.
On Monday, March 5, 2018, the California Nurses Association (CNA) issued a press release to announce that the union had completed a strike authorization vote with its members. The union’s press release is not a notice that a strike will occur. Please see below for Kaiser Permanente’s response.
Kaiser Permanente provided the following statement to media in response to inquiries about SEIU-UHW picketing at KP facilities: SEIU-UHW’s decision to stage picketing and make misleading and inaccurate statements about Kaiser Permanente is uncalled for and counterproductive. If the union’s leadership is truly interested in working constructively and as a partner, as they claim, they should reconsider this path. It’s important for our members and patients to know that informational picketing is not a strike and it does not impact our care delivery or operations.