KP-CNA Bargaining Update #31
Today, Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association (CNA) met for the 31st day of contract negotiations.
Kaiser Permanente presented a counter to the union’s proposal on training and education that gives nurses a voice in prioritizing their educational needs by unit. We also spoke about our commitment for nurses to participate in and lead workplace safety activities.
Next, KP presented its opening wage proposal to the union for current KP nurses, for the three-year term of the contract. The proposal is for a 2 percent wage increase each year for Bay Area nurses. Nurses in the Greater Sacramento, Central Valley, and Fresno areas would receive a 2 percent lump sum payment annually.
For the Record
Our proposal will keep KP registered nurses and nurse practitioners among the best paid in every area we serve in Northern California.
The proposed wage increase for our nurses in the Bay Area will ensure their salaries are competitive with other health care providers in the Bay Area, where the cost of living is higher than other areas. Greater Sacramento, Central Valley, and Fresno are areas where the cost of living is lower than the Bay Area.
[See a comparison of KP RN wages with other nurse wages in the Greater Sacramento, Central Valley and Fresno areas.]
What happens next
Bargaining is scheduled to resume on Thursday, Nov. 16. We will continue to keep you informed.