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Negotiating with KP in 2018/2019
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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. I will continue to update as new information becomes available.

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., U.F.C.W., U.S.W., I.B.T., K.P.N.A.A., I.U.O.E., O.F.N.H.P. [A.F.T.], I.L.W.U., UNITE-HERE 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 S.E.I.U., O.P.E.I.U., and I.F.P.T.E. and represents approximately 78,100 members.   Note: Membership levels reflect UNITE-HERE Local 5's decision on or about June 13th to leave the Coalition and join the Alliance.

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 (A.H.C.U.)
Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions (C.K.P.U.)

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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.

Kaiser Permanente Continues Its Aggressive Behavior Toward Coalition Unions

Partnership Agreement

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.

Alliance Negotiations

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.


  • 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."

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    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 or about June 13th, UNITE HERE Local 5 (approximately 1,900 members) left the C.K.P.U.

    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

    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.

    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 July 8th-9th.

    C.K.P.U. Leaflet Summarizing the Coalition's Unfair Labor Practice Charges Against K.P.

    The A.H.C.U. and KP Agreed Upon an Updated Version of the Labor Management Partnership

    O.P.E.I.U. Local 29 Members

    "On May 22, 2018 the Alliance of Health Care Unions (AHCU) will begin coordinated bargaining for a new agreement with Kaiser Permanente (KP)".

    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].

    U.F.C.W. Local 135
    U.F.C.W. Local 324
    U.F.C.W. Local 770
    U.N.A.C. / U.H.C.P.
    U.S.W. Local 7600

    O.P.E.I.U. Local 30
    S.E.I.U. Local 49
    S.E.I.U. Local 121RN
    S.E.I.U. - U.S.W.
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    O.P.E.I.U. Local 30, 2017 Election Results
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    During the July 2017 General Membership Meeting, nominations were held for our union's offices. Each incumbent either went unchallenged or won re-election via a mail-in-ballot-vote of the general membership. Fewer than 7% of the membership participated in the election (93% chose not to return their mail-in-ballots).

    *I ran for a position on the Executive Board and lost (again). Here were my positions on the issues (including the importance of involving and engaging the members, especially in preparation for -and during- contract negotiations with KP).

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