In a very productive bargaining session on Thursday, June 6, Kaiser Permanente and NUHW focused on schedule management. While KP proposed to withdraw our 90/10 booking proposal, which has caused consternation among therapists, the NUHW bargaining team asked us to continue forward with the proposal, with modifications to the language. In a sincere effort to reach an agreement, we verbally agreed to two changes requested by the union and are considering others.
We were pleased with the day’s momentum, however, the NUHW bargaining team could not commit to reaching a settlement, asking for time to consult with its membership. We encourage therapists to ask questions of your bargaining team and let them know that you want to vote on the unprecedented investment in patients and our therapists that we have proposed. We await the union’s request to meet again, with hopes of news that you want to settle, not strike.
In the meantime, we have an obligation to ensure that our members and patients have the care they need. We are actively moving forward with strike preparation, which includes rescheduling non-urgent patients, on-boarding replacement therapists, and engaging private practice therapists and providers in the community.
We will continue to keep you informed. Thank you.