KP-CNA Bargaining Update #9
Today, Kaiser Permanente and the California Nurses Association (CNA) met for the ninth day of contract negotiations.
- Kaiser Permanente and the union each presented proposals that generated questions and discussion from both parties.
- Kaiser Permanente presented a telecommuting proposal for Appointment and Advice Call Center nurses. As proposed, within 90 days after the ratification of the collective bargaining agreement, both parties would meet and work collaboratively towards establishing and implementing a program to enable Call Center RNs to perform their job from home.
- The union presented two proposals concerning Nurse Practitioners, one involving technology and one involving training. The first proposal asks that Kaiser Permanente provide Nurse Practitioners with iPhones. The second proposal asks Kaiser Permanente to fund or provide Registered Nurse First Assist training for 25 Nurse Practitioners.
For the record
We will continue further discussions with the union at future bargaining sessions.
We are enthusiastic about the telecommuting proposal, as it is a program that responds to what Appointment and Advice Call Center RNs have inquired about and in which they have expressed interest. We believe it will support work-life balance by helping RNs save time, as well as commute-related expense, and reduce stress by working from home. Offering this option will help us recruit and retain qualified RNs interested in this important work.
What comes next
Bargaining is scheduled to continue Thursday, Aug. 17. We will continue to keep you informed