Who's Saying What: In response to the inquires I've received regarding 'what's going on with the union' (bargaining with KP), I'm providing information and links to several union sites and union-related sites that may be of interest.
Background: In the late 1990's, KP employee's unions approached KP with a new idea; to form a Labor and Management Partnership and negotiate with the unions collectively, rather than individually. Then, on October 1st 1997, with many labor unions choosing to join it, the Labor Management Partnership (LMP) and Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (C.K.P.U.) were established. In recent years, the number of union members who were part of the coalition and covered by the National Agreement between the C.K.P.U. and KP reached nearly 130,000. Year after year, the scope of what was negotiated in the National Agreement grew, but recently disagreements in regards to the coalition's decision-making process and other issues reached an apex and, on March 26th 2018, several unions announced their departure from the C.K.P.U.. Next, they announced their decision to form the Alliance of Health Care Unions (locals of A.F.S.C.M.E., I.B.T., I.L.W.U., I.U.O.E., K.P.N.A.A., O.F.N.H.P. [A.F.T.], U.F.C.W., U.N.A.C., UNITE-HERE, and U.S.W.) with the intent to bargain a new, national contract with KP. There are approximately 46,900 members in the Alliance of Health Care Unions. The labor unions that remain in the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions include I.F.P.T.E., O.P.E.I.U., and S.E.I.U. and represents approximately 78,100 members.
For your reference, here are links and an informational timeline regarding the developments of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and the Alliance of Health Care Unions as they endeavor to bargain new National Agreements with KP. I hope that you'll find this information useful.
Alliance of Health Care Unions
Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions
The Alliance unions have a Tentative National Agreement.
A.H.C.U.: "...WAGE INCREASE: The union team worked hard for the best possible wage increases on 10/1/18, 10/1/19, and 10/1/20. For California and the Northwest, the increases will be 3%, 2.75% with a .25 lump sum, and 3%. For Hawaii, Mid-Atlantic and Georgia, the increases will be 2.25%, 2%, and 2.25%. For Colorado, which is facing significant financial challenges, the unions were faced with strong demands for a near-total wage freeze, and instead were able to secure 2%, 1%, 1% plus an additional increase of up to 1% on 9/1/2021 depending on regional finances." ...more
U.N.A.C.: "This week we secured significant improvements in patient care across five of our six local agreements. Late Thursday night our bargaining teams, with the exception of the pharmacists, resolved their non-economic issues. The pharmacists continue to bargain today.
However, we have not reached agreement on wages, differentials, benefits and other economic issues. These issues will be taken up in national coordinated bargaining on Sunday and Monday at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near LAX." ...more
U.N.A.C.: "The fight for patient care continued to escalate at Kaiser local bargaining this week.
Under pressure from the blue book team, management declared they have no interest in just culture language, or in putting their own agreement on Kaiser staffing ratios in the contract.
This makes the fight clear we are fighting for patient care and a learning culture which protects the safety of patients and health care professionals.
Management is in full retreat from those values.
At nearly every bargaining table, we pushed our interests in language and practices that would improve patient care or held the line against management's interests which put affordability before care standards and flexibility above the values of partnership.
'Basically, it comes down to money versus patient care,' said Rob Jones, RN." ...more
A.H.C.U.: "Los Angeles, August 30: After two more days of negotiating on August 28 and 29, the Alliance Unions and KP were not able to agree on a comprehensive economic settlement, sending the sides back to the table on September 17." ...more
U.S.W. Local 7600: "A NEW CONTRACT THAT WILL DICTATE HOW MUCH YOU GET PAID, HOW MUCH YOU PAY TO SEE A DOCTOR, HOW MUCH YOU PAY TO FILL YOUR PRESCRIPTIONS, AND HOW MUCH CONTROL COMPANY HAS OVER YOUR SCHEDULE." View their complete 08-17-2018 Bargaining Update Here.
During the July 8th - July 9th negotiations session, the A.H.C.U. and KP management reached tentative agreements on a few, minor issues. "The Operations subgroup balanced management concerns around flexibility with union concerns around involving unions in decision-making early in the process. A subgroup proposal got CIC consensus: in regions where there is not an existing framework with established timelines for issues related to flexibility, (the parties will) create an early engagement and timely implementation decision-making framework.
From the Partnership subgroup, consensus was reached on developing a partnership "playbook/operating manual" outlining the "go-to" approach to getting things done; repurposing a group to be called the National LMP Learning Group to develop and update LMP curriculum; and providing all newly hired - as well as newly-organized and newly-accreted employees with LMP training with 90 days of hire."
The A.H.C.U. also informed KP Management that "if KP wants to continue to provide industry-leading care, they must also continue to provide industry-leading wages and working conditions for all Alliance unions" and called for "a solution to the growing part-time workforce and on KP to continue to pay market-leading wages and to preserve benefits for all Alliance Unions." The A.H.C.U. elaborated, stating that "KP operates in six of the 10 most expensive areas of the country. In some areas, limited wage increases have meant that workers wages have actually fallen in real terms."
We'll see how KP Management chooses to respond. The next bargaining session is scheduled to occur August 28th - 29th.
The Alliance unions seem to have hit a rough patch in negotiations...
On the second day of the scheduled, two-day bargaining session, KP management emphasized the need for staff to be more 'flexible' and proposed "to be able to cancel shifts without pay [emphasis added] up to two hours before shift start time, proposing to pay for half of the shift if the cancellation is less than two hours before start time" and proposed to increase our health care co-pays [emphasis added]. In stark contrast, the Alliance unions emphasized the need to "preserve and improve our benefits, and win strong wage increases for all Alliance union members."
Perhaps quitting the Coalition in favor of creating an Alliance and the hastily agreeing not to conduct any corporate campaigns against KP just so that you get to talk with KP management first wasn't really the best idea, hmm?
On Wednesday, June 13th, the Alliance of Health Care Union's Steering Committee accepted UNITE HERE Local 5 as its newest member. The move is puzzling considering the position UNITE HERE Local 5 stated on their website barely more than a month earlier in regards to KP management's updated partnership terms; then stating, "The Coalition cannot agree to a 'new partnership' without the voices of our 85,000 members" but to which they have now agreed by joining the A.H.C.U.
Negotiations Update from Chuck Columbus, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at KP
The A.H.C.P. and KP completed their first and second, scheduled bargaining meetings on May 24th and 25th and May 30th-June 1st. Their next, scheduled bargaining dates are for June 25th-26th, and
The A.H.C.U. and KP Agreed Upon an Updated Version of the Labor Management Partnership
U.S.W.: "On May 22, 2018 the Alliance of Health Care Unions (AHCU) will begin coordinated bargaining for a new agreement with Kaiser Permanente (KP)".
Of the O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 Members who voted, 98.1% voted 'Yes'.
S.E.I.U. - U.H.W.: We Just Locked In Our Contract!
"With an overwhelming 98% MAJORITY, [S.E.I.U. - U.H.W.] members ratified a new four-year contract with Kaiser - a historic victory that revitalizes our Labor Management Partnership and ensures first-rate care for our patients and a secure future for our families." ..more
I was really excited to hear about the tentative agreement when it was first announced. Based on what's been shared so far, it seems like we were largely successful on some issues such as getting Management to back away from their initial takeaway demands in the areas of our retirements and healthcare costs. It seems that they've now agreed to no changes to current employees' or to new hires' pensions and no increases to office visit copays. On the issue of money, the 3% annual wage increases, while they may be more than what the breakaway Alliance unions received, are still very average increases at a time that KP is experiencing extreme financial success. And what happened with the union's endeavors to increase the pay for On Call employees who receive just .70 per hour in lieu of benefits? And what of the plans to increase the evening differential and longevity pay? These haven't been increased in decades and should be based on percentages of employee's pay, not a set number of cents.
I think it seems like this tentative agreement felt more like a victory initially because KP Management began negotiations by demanding such unfounded draconian cuts and takeaways. But the offer we now have seems more or less like we 'won' not losing the healthcare and retirement that we already had, we 'won' not losing wages for new employees, and we 'won' the same job security protections for most employees that recently permitted KP to outsource a pharmacy distribution warehouse and a bunch of jobs.
The Coalition states that the tentative agreement "Completely bans subcontracting of jobs at our facilities and strengthens protections against outsourcing". But when KP Management describes the tentative agreement, they write that we agreed "to a list of jobs that will not be outsourced or subcontracted.." This inherently means that there is a list of jobs that MAY be outsourced or subcontracted. Can someone please clarify if my understanding of this is wrong? Otherwise, based on this one issue, of whether all employees in all jobs should have job security, and the fundamental principal of unionism at its roots "An Injury to One is an Injury to All", I'm prepared to vote no.
I'm sure there will be more than sufficient support for this tentative agreement to be approved by the membership, if it's recommended by the Local 30 Bargaining Committee. But the membership is more engaged and united than it has been in a long long time, the momentum is on our side and it think if we settle now, we'll be stopping short. In back-to-back record profit years, $3.1 Billion in just the first quarter of this year, is it too much to expect an agreement with our employer that, at the very least, secures all our jobs?
S.E.I.U.: Tentative Agreement Reached at Kaiser - Strike Averted!
"Our Four-Year Tentative Agreement:
1. Protects good, middle class jobs with . . .
Strong across-the-board raises of 3% a year
Protected healthcare benefits - including fully-paid family coverage and $5 copays for office visits and $5 mail-order and first-time prescription copays
Protected retirement benefits - no changes to our pensions or retiree medical coverage
No two-tier wages or benefits for new hires - all future Kaiser workers get the same wage rates and benefits as us
2. Completely bans subcontracting of jobs at our facilities and strengthens protections against outsourcing work
3. Builds the workforce of the future with a $130 million investment funded exclusively by Kaiser to educate and train healthcare workers for tomorrow's jobs. No employee contribution.
4. Waives the work experience requirement for any of us seeking promotion to a new position at Kaiser
Our Tentative Agreement includes many other huge wins for our families and our patients...But we don't get any of it unless we vote to lock it in!" ..more
O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 Voting Results:
77% Voter Turnout with 98% of those voting 'Yes' to fully Authorize our Strike
Consider this, historically, when our membership has had elections of officers via mail-in-ballots and all we have needed to do is complete our ballots and return them in their pre-addressed and prepaid envelopes, we've only had about 7% participate. But now, when many members had to make a concerted effort to bring themselves to polling locations which were not always at convenient locations or during convenient times, we had 11 times higher participation! This is an incredible turnout and the 98% 'YES' results strongly proclaim to management that we are committed to standing with our 85,000+ fellow coworkers in the Coalition for a fair new agreement that establishes real job security, maintains health and retirement benefits, and provides us all with decent wage increases. -Really Great Work coming together!
Bernard, I've been a dedicated employee of Kaiser Permanente for more than 21 years. In the 1950s, the typical CEO made 20 times more his/her average worker. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 287 times more than their average worker. In step with this statistic, you recently received a more than 60% increase in your total compensation, and you now make more than $16 MILLION per year. In less than one DAY, you're paid more than I earn in an ENTIRE YEAR. Meanwhile, this year, in addition to fighting just to keep the retirement and healthcare benefits that I currently have, my union and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions is asking that my coworkers and I receive a 4% Cost of Living Allowance wage increase. That would be about $1 more per hour for my coworkers and I, but Management says that's too much.
To make matters worse, KP Management has eliminated jobs by outsourcing them, closed a pharmacy distribution warehouse, plans to close some call centers thus eliminating more jobs, is trying to increase employee's healthcare copays, is trying to create a two-tier wage structure in several regions and strip pensions away from new employees all while implying that we employees are greedy for resisting these take-ways and job cuts in back-to-back record profit years for this corporation. I couldn't disagree with your positions more and, fortunately, we are able to take a stand against KP's greedy demands because we have a union. I'm looking forward to having the opportunity to stand with my fellow union brothers and sisters and fight back against this inequality.
Additional Negotiation Dates Added: 09/16/19, 09/23/19, and 09/24/19
O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 Strike Vote Schedule
Members of O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 will be voting whether to authorize our union bargaining committee to call a strike against Kaiser Permanente. Voting will be taking places at several locations and times throughout San Diego County between 09/16/2019 - 09/21/2019. View O.P.E.I.U. Local 30's flier for specific times and locations.
O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 Members Get Ready
During last night's teleconference, O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 Leadership confirmed that, unless KP makes the necessary improvements, as a member union of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, with the approval of a strike authorization by the union's membership, WE WILL be participating in the initial one week strike that was previously announced by the S.E.I.U. - U.H.W.
Our Union Leadership will conduct a Strike Authorization Vote during the week of 09/16 (time and date not yet released). The purpose of this is to ASK OUR UNION'S MEMBERSHIP for their PERMISSION to call for a strike, if it is necessary.
Contingent upon member approval, the initial strike is scheduled to occur in the second week of October.
Our Union will provide notification to our employer that we will be on strike. Employees do not need to contact anyone. We just need to not go to work during the dates that will be specified.
Our International Union announced that they have modified the strike fund eligibility requirements which will now make us eligible to receive a Strike Fund Benefit Stipend of $62 per day beginning on the FIRST day of our strike. Previously, members would begin receiving strike benefits AFTER the first week of a strike. This stipend will only be provided to members who join us on the picket line. This stipend is NOT intended to replace our income, it is meant to assist us by providing some income while we fight to win a good contract.
Don't Let the Kaiser Execs Fool You!
KP Executives are sending out memos titled "2019 Coalition Bargaining Update". These are intentionally misleading, intending to trick you into thinking that they are sent from our Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (C.K.P.U.) when they are not. They are from KP Executives, contain half-truths, and omit important information . When you receive updates regarding our negotiations, check the source. Legitimate updates from our C.K.P.U. typically have the C.K.P.U. logo:
C.K.P.U.: Leading Democratic Presidential Candidates
Throw Support Behind 85,000 Kaiser Permanente Workers Preparing to Strike
"OAKLAND, Calif. - Leading Democratic presidential candidates are lining up behind 85,000
employees at Kaiser Permanente who are preparing to launch the country's largest strike in more
than two decades.
U.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and former U.S. Rep. Beto
O'Rourke recently tweeted support for Kaiser workers, who will begin voting in late July to
authorize an unfair labor practice strike beginning in October 2019. It would be the nation's
largest walkout since UPS workers went on strike in 1997." ..more
As the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and OPEIU Local 30 continue to try to negotiate new agreements, we are currently working under two expired contracts; our National Agreement that has been expired since 10/01/18 and our Local Agreement that expired on 07/01/19 [Update: According to O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 CFO, Maryanne, the National Agreement has been extended until 10/01/2019 and the Local Agreement has been extended until 07/31/2019]. Like many of my coworkers, I try to remain optimistic that we will be able to reach a new agreement that is FAIR to all of us during a time when KP is experiencing records profits ($3.8 Billion last year). But I also believe in the need to be realistic and plan for the possibility that they may not be able to accomplish it through bargaining alone and we may need to go on strike so that we can maintain our job security, our healthcare benefits, our retirement benefits, and our wages.
Going on strike is obviously a lose-lose for everybody involved and is only used as a last resort, when all other efforts to secure a good contract have failed. Like many of my coworkers, I have never been on strike, but I understand that going on strike is an investment in us. It may be a necessary short-term sacrifice in order for us to secure long-term benefits. Yes, of course I'm concerned about how I will afford to feed my family and pay our bills for the days or week(s) that we may strike, but I'm also concerned about how I will feed my family and pay our bills for the YEARS that our next contract will be in effect and in which our new benefits and raises will be determined.
As our union proceeds to bargain within our roughly 80,000 member Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, I foresee that continuing until either we agree to new, fair contracts or until after September 30th, when the largest union within our Coalition's local contract expires (and after our extended National Agreement expires on 10/01/19). Shortly after that date is when SEIU-UHW is preparing for an initial, one-week strike and that is when, as members of the Coalition, I believe that we would likely also strike. So, at this time, we likely have more than two months to ensure that we are prepared. If you haven't already, I hope that you'll take this time to begin saving some money and trim back or cut out any unnecessary expenses. That way, if it's necessary for us to strike, you will be prepared and, if it doesn't come to that, you will have saved some money that you can use to celebrate our new contract with your family.
Finally, remember, the more united we are during our strike(s), the shorter our strike(s) will last before we get what we need -a fair contract that acknowledges the work that we perform every day for KP; a contract that secures our jobs, maintains our healthcare benefits and retirement benefits, and protects our wages.
We Are One
We Fight as One
We Lose as One
We Win as One
S.E.I.U. - U. H.W. Q&A: Going on Strike At Kaiser
"Kaiser Permanente executives continue to propose major cuts to our jobs, wage rates, and benefits in National Bargaining for our next contract. It is becoming increasingly clear that going on strike may be the only way to address Kaiser's unfair labor practices and win a strong contract that protects our families and our patients. Be sure you're ready for this possibility by understanding the facts - and our rights - when it comes to going on strike."
At the conclusion of yesterday's negotiation session, several S.E.I.U. - U.H.W. Bargaining Unit Members have reported on some of KP's proposals. According to the S.E.I.U. - U.H.W. Bargaining Unit Members, these proposals include increasing our "co-pays to $20, more outsourcing, lower pay, and elimination of pensions - starting with new hires". At this time, O.P.E.I.U. Local 30 has not provided any update regarding the most recent bargaining sessions. I strongly encourage members who are interested in receiving timely negotiation updates to join the S.E.I.U. - U.H.W. KP Division Facebook page.
C.K.P.U.: Kaiser Bargaining Update - May 29 Round Three: 2019 Kaiser National Bargaining WE HIT THE TABLE WITH MOMENTUM
"We entered bargaining this week with major momentum with members from every local of the coalition rallying to protect our patients and our families in our next contract.
WHAT KAISER WANTS:
Cuts to Our Jobs, Wages, and Benefits. Kaiser wants us to agree to a contract with:
The lowest raises in decades.
Cuts to our benefits, including doubling our healthcare co-pays and coming after our retirement benefits.
Continued outsourcing and automation of our jobs
WHAT WE WANT:
Our FAIR share. Kaiser made record profits of $3.2 billion in just the first three months of this year. We should share in Kaiser's success in our next contract: Strong raises, no changes to our benefits, and no more outsourcing of our jobs.
A REAL partnership. We're in this fight for more than ourselves. We're calling on Kaiser to join with us in tackling the biggest challenges facing patients and the whole healthcare industry. That means working in true Partnership with us to:
Ensure every patient gets first-rate, affordable care at Kaiser.
Build the workforce of the future by creating educational and training pathways for all workers.
Use automation and technology smartly so Kaiser doesn't lose the human touch and compassionate care that has always made us so strong.
Prepare to join us in sticker up actions in the coming weeks to send Kaiser a clear message:
We are ALL IN to Win."
S.E.I.U. - U.H.W. penned a similar letter with the exception of a few alterations, the most noticeable being in the 'What's Next' paragraph:
"WHAT NEXT?: Get Ready to Strike
Clearly, we're far apart from Kaiser on key issues - and until Kaiser commits to a different path forward, we need to make sure we're ready to go ALL IN to win.
Join a Strike Readiness Event at your facility to understand what it will take from us to win a great contract, including going on strike if necessary.
"As we head back into bargaining for our next national contract this week, Kaiser has announced its highest single-quarter profits ever: $3.2 BILLION. We, the workers at Kaiser, have played a huge part in building this success. Yet instead of sharing in the success all we see are record company profits, skyrocketing reserves, and growing executive salaries.
Kaiser is looking for cuts that would hurt our families and our patients...
If Kaiser executives says:
We need higher healthcare copays from you
You make too much money
Let's convert your pensions to 401Ks
We need to keep outsourcing and automating your jobs
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: Healthcare Workers to Hold Rallies at 33 Kaiser Hospitals in California
"Thousands of healthcare workers will rally across California at 33 hospitals owned by Kaiser Permanente from May 16 through June 12 to urge the healthcare giant to get 'back on track' by championing affordable healthcare for all, quality patient care and strong jobs. See the list of hospital locations and dates."
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: Kaiser Gardeners to Keep Their Jobs
"Healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente and the Service Employees International Union - United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) reached an agreement today to stop the outsourcing of 63 gardeners whose jobs were set to be eliminated June 7." ..more
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: "What Has Happened
"Kaiser has agreed to resume National Bargaining without pre-conditions. This is the result of our actions in facilities across the state, our political pressure, and our legal challenges to Kaiser's refusal to bargain.
We fought hard to get here, but the REAL fight starts now. To win a great contract we need to be 100% united behind our bargaining team - and to show that unity and power every day in our facilities."
When does bargaining start?
Bargaining starts April 17-18 in Oakland. Here are the bargaining sessions that have been scheduled:
*If negotiations continue, as scheduled, into the month of July, this will be the first time in decades that O.P.E.I.U. members have worked at Kaiser Permanente without a current contract.
[March 11, 2019] OAKLAND, Calif. - Despite amassing more than $31 billion in reserves and paying numerous executives million-dollar salaries, healthcare giant Kaiser Permanente announced March 8 that it will eliminate 60 full-time gardening jobs at several facilities across Northern California, leaving families devastated.
'I don't know how I will be able to support my family when my job is eliminated,' said Robert Albino, a Kaiser gardener for 30 years in Richmond. 'I know Kaiser executives with their million-dollar salaries don't have to worry about putting food on the table or car repairs or buying clothes for their children, but my co-workers and I worry about these things every day. Shame on them for doing this to good people and good families.'"
Instead of actually bargaining with us, KP penned another article about bargaining. You already give them your blood, sweat, and tears, why not give them your two cents too?
Rather than actually bargain with our unions, KP Management chose to release an anonymous statement. Management wants us to know that, although they have been charged with not bargaining in good faith as required by law and the National Labor Relations Board has found sufficient merit to these charges and instructed KP to bargain in good faith with our unions otherwise the charges will be escalated in the review process, they have not yet been indicted.
Great. Well thanks for the clarification. Now, how about instead of wasting your resources in stalling and writing stupid clarifications, you invest your time in something productive like returning to the bargaining table and talking with us like you're legally obligated to do, 'partner'? ...more
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: NLRB: Kaiser Bargained in Bad Faith
"U.S. Government Sides with Caregivers, Alleges Kaiser Violated Law
The National Labor Relations Board has been authorized to issue a complaint against Kaiser for bad faith bargaining. This ruling is a major blow to Kaiser - it affirms the legal allegations that Kaiser:
ILLEGALLY withdrew from National Bargaining with the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions;
ILLEGALLY put preconditions on bargaining by trying to force caregivers to sign off on a gag order that would limit our rights to take political action and speak out for our patients.
What Happens Next?
Kaiser now must comply with the law by returning to the bargaining table without pre-conditions - or the NLRB will prosecute Kaiser in a trial.
This is a great step towards winning healthcare justice at Kaiser - but we need to keep standing strong against Kaiser's scheme to outsource jobs, slash raises, and reduce benefits on the caregivers who make them record profits. ...more
"While the 2015 National Agreement's termination date is September 30, 2018, the local contracts covering all Coalition Union members and bargaining units do not expire until mid-to-late 2019 or later. The National Agreement states that if the Agreement expires without a new one in place, ALL wages and benefits will continue uninterrupted or altered until the expiration of the local agreements.
Wages, benefits and performance sharing bonus opportunities, in addition to all Labor Management Partnership structures, activities and work will remain intact past Sept. 30, 2018. This includes an across-the-board wage increase on or around Oct. 1, 2018." [emphasis added]
Additionally, the across-the-board wage increase they are referring to is a 3% increase. ...more
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: "KAISER ALERT: Alliance of Small Unions Cuts Deal with Kaiser
The group of small unions (known as "the Alliance") that broke away from our Coalition of Unions has reached a tentative agreement with Kaiser.
Kaiser demanded these unions sign away their rights to speak out and take political action. We expected they would get something significant in return for their compliance with Kaiser's one-sided "Partnership" ultimatum. It doesn't appear that they have . . .
WEAKER THAN RECENT COALITION AGREEMENTS
Kaiser is more profitable than ever before ($3.8 billion in profits last year!) - which makes the Alliance agreement particularly underwhelming:
- Lowest Wage Increases in Decades: Raises range from 4% to 8.75% total, spread out over three years. That's less than 3% per year on the high end - and WAY less for some workers" ...more
S.E.I.U.: NEWS COVERAGE: Labor Day Marches on Kaiser Dominate Media
"Check out the news coverage of our Labor Day rallies. Our marching, chanting, and peaceful civil disobedience commanded the attention of the whole state and shined a light on Kaiser's attack on our jobs."
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: "At massive Labor Day rallies in Oakland and Downey, thousands of UHW members, our loved ones, and our allies told Kaiser: STOP outsourcing our jobs and START bargaining with us!
We marched on Kaiser, we chanted and 36 of us got arrested in peaceful acts of civil disobedience. WHY?
Because we will NOT let Kaiser keep destroying our families and our communities by outsourcing our jobs all over the state.
We will NOT let Kaiser silence us or stop us from taking political action. We will speak out to protect our patients and our jobs.
We will NOT let Kaiser keep breaking the law by refusing to bargain with us. We will win a new agreement that protects ALL our jobs, wages, and benefits.
Check out our Facebook photo album of the actions here."
S.E.I.U.-U.H.W.: "SEIU-UHW members across the state are celebrating our toughness and solidarity as healthcare workers this Labor Day!
Kaiser is attacking us, the labor force that helps make them so successful. They're outsourcing our jobs all over the state, trying to silence our voices, and bargaining in bad faith with us.
This Labor Day, we're showing our fighting spirit by rallying statewide to protect our jobs, our families, and our communities!
RALLY FOR HEALTHCARE JUSTICE AT KAISER
Labor Day: Monday, September 3
Northern CA Rally: Mosswood Park, 3612 Webster St., Oakland, CA 94609. Meet at the corner of W. MacArthur Blvd. and Broadway
Southern CA Rally: Independence Park: 12334 Bellflower Blvd, Downey, CA 90242.
Facebook users, click here to learn more and RSVP for the events:
Kaiser Permanente Continues Its Aggressive Behavior Toward Coalition Unions
Kaiser continues to demand a new Partnership Agreement and is requiring Coalition Unions to sign a new Partnership agreement as a condition of resuming negotiations of a new National Agreement. This 'new' Partnership Agreement is completely one-sided. It demands unions and union members waive significant rights, and it gives management the right to vote on expelling unions.
We have met three times with Kaiser leaders over the last few months to reach an agreement. The Coalition has offered a counter proposal that was balanced offering new rights and responsibilities within the Partnership for both our unions and Kaiser. We also have offered a 'temporary cease fire' that would get us back to the table for negotiations while addressing Kaiser's concerns. Both of these offers have been rejected by Kaiser.
The unions that left the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, the Alliance of Healthcare Unions, has been in negotiations with Kaiser after signing off on the new Partnership Agreement. They have not reached an agreement as of July 11, 2018 and are not expected to resume negotiations until late August. As those negotiations have progressed, significant concerns have emerged that that impact ALL union members at Kaiser. Specifically, Kaiser is demanding:
Higher co-pays on our medical benefits
"Market based" wages based on where people work
Eroding RN staffing ratios
We have even heard that one Alliance union that was simply informing its members of the status of negotiations has been called on the carpet by Kaiser for doing so.
Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions Goals Moving Forward
The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, over 80,000 members strong, is united on the following:
Partnership Agreement: We stand committed to the Partnership and are open to a new Partnership Agreement. However, we require that any such new Agreement must:
Be reciprocal and not one-sided,
Protect key union and union members' rights to advocate for and protect our jobs, job security, and
Be voted on for ratification at the same time as a new National Agreement.
New National Agreement: We stand united to win a new National Agreement that does the following:
Secures equity for the Regions Outside of California (ROC) on Wages and our Pension Multiplier;
Protects our Benefits and Wages;
Ensures the newly added Washington State unions enjoy the same standards and provisions of the National Agreement and are not relegated to a second-class status on wages, benefits, and employee rights;
Protects our union jobs and ensuring job security.
Kaiser is making historically high profits, including $1.3 billion in the most recent quarter. There is no reason for Kaiser to be demanding takeaways from anyone. They can afford to move forward to have the best ever National Agreement.
Our Plan to Win Moving Forward
Our Unity is our Strength. The strength of the Coalition over the past 20 years is what has helped us win the best contract in healthcare in the United States. We will not stand idly by while Kaiser continues its bad faith bargaining tactics. Here is our plan to win:
Worksite Actions: Throughout the Coalition, we are conducting various worksite actions to show our unity and to show Kaiser that we are united and in action together. It is more important than ever for all members to get involved and be active.
Legal: The Coalition has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charge with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). Testimony has been given and dozens of supporting documents have been provided. Kaiser cannot suspend National Agreement negotiations nor precondition those negotiations on a new Partnership Agreement.
Political Outreach: Kaiser's bad faith negotiations tactics have concerned a large number of political leaders and they have communicated their concerns to Kaiser leadership. We are reaching out to all political leaders to update them on Kaiser's refusal to bargain with over 80,000 union members and their anti-union behavior.
Purchasers: The Coalition has already organized union representatives covering over 1 million Kaiser customers to send letters to Kaiser expressing concern about their behavior.
We are confident that our unity and strength will get Kaiser to come back to the table and negotiate a new National Agreement that our members deserve."
On or about June 13th, UNITE HERE Local 5 (approximately 1,900 members) left the C.K.P.U.
Negotiations Update from Chuck Columbus, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at KP
The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions plans a 'Day of Action' on Wednesday, May 30th. Here's a flyer.
O.P.E.I.U. Local 30's official statement regarding it's dedication to the C.K.P.U.:
"Dear Local 30 Members,
I would like to update you on where we are with our National Bargaining and provide more details on how we got here. First off, to be clear Local 30 has NOT left the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions. While several other groups have decided to leave for a variety of reasons, the OPEIU local unions across the country remain committed to the Coalition and to the choice our members made years ago when they voted to join" [emphasis added].