To our employees and physicians:
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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.
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We have received letters from employees inquiring about where we are in the bargaining process with NUHW. In particular, there seems to be some confusion about the mutual non-disparagement side agreement.
We have been negotiating with NUHW for more than a year and as we communicated in our bargaining session last Friday, we would like to bring this to a successful close and move forward. Last Friday we reiterated our excellent offer to the NUHW bargaining team as our “last, best and final” proposal — with a significant difference.
Over the last few weeks, Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions have been working together toward a mutually beneficial national agreement, as we have done for decades. Unfortunately, for the first time in the 22-year history of our Labor Management Partnership, we have so far been unable to reach an agreement around wages and benefits at the small economics subgroup.
The negotiators crafting a new National Agreement between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions set to work developing joint options as the fourth bargaining session got underway on Tuesday in Los Angeles.
After a year of bargaining, capped by several weeks of real, meaningful progress, we have developed a comprehensive contract offer for your ratification. We are disappointed by the recommendation of your union to reject our comprehensive proposal, which reflects input from NUHW’s bargaining team, and instead, continue negotiations for the foreseeable future and needlessly postpone improvements that everyone deserves.
In a very productive bargaining session on Thursday, June 6, Kaiser Permanente and NUHW focused on schedule management.
Management and union representatives addressed complicated questions during the 2-day Kaiser Permanente-Coalition bargaining session in Los Angeles that ended Wednesday, May 29. At this point in the interest-based negotiations, as expected, the participants in each of the 3 subgroups worked on refining their common interests — a process that also exposed differing views.
On May 28, 2019, management and union representatives opened the second session of bargaining between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions on a high note, seeking common ground both inside and outside their meeting rooms.
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.