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KP-CNA Bargaining Update #11

Today, Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association (CNA) met for the eleventh day of contract negotiations.

What happened

  • To bring the contract in line with our current processes for electronic bidding and awarding of positions, Kaiser Permanente proposed to update contract language accordingly and remove references to paper bidding.
  • Kaiser Permanente let the union know that, after consideration, we cannot accept its proposal to roll back retiree medical benefits to their pre-2014 status.
  • The union presented a proposal to increase potential time off for nurses contending with domestic violence.   

For the record

  • We appreciate that the union acknowledged the work that Kaiser Permanente is doing to support employees in domestic violence situations. We take this issue seriously, and we want employees to be aware of existing resources around domestic violence, which are available at: We will continue employee education about this important topic.
  • In 2014, both Kaiser Permanente and CNA worked hard to reach a contract agreement. The agreement, which the CNA bargaining team endorsed and nurses voted for, preserved excellent retiree medical benefits for nurses that Kaiser Permanente could financially sustain over time. To support our commitment to affordability for our members and patients, and continue to offer competitive overall benefits going forward, we need to maintain what Kaiser Permanente and CNA agreed to in 2014 for retiree medical benefits. this important topic.

What comes next

Bargaining is scheduled to continue Thursday, Aug. 24.  We will continue to keep you informed.

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