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KP-NUHW Bargaining Update, Jan. 24, 2022

This message is being sent on behalf of Debora Catsavas, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, KFHP/H; and Darin Tankersley, PhD, Chief of Medical Center Administration and Operations, TPMG.

Last week our bargaining team completed its 15th bargaining session with NUHW. We continue to bargain in good faith with the union, and have earnestly considered all non-economic proposals NUHW has presented to date, presenting counter-proposals where appropriate in an effort to reach agreements that will be good for our members and our mental health therapists.

Our bargaining team has made a focused effort to consider each of the union’s proposals to date. Bargaining always involves give and take and we want to ensure you have the facts directly from us. While we have chosen to stay with the text of the existing contract in some cases where the union has proposed changes, in other instances we have presented creative solutions in response to union proposals. Our efforts at the bargaining table to date have been productive, and they reflect our commitment to providing excellent mental health care for our members and to supporting a collaborative work environment for our therapists.

While we always hope to reach agreement as quickly as possible, we also understand that important topics sometimes require more back and forth as we work to reach solutions that are agreeable for all. Our next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 2.

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