The Guild for Professional Pharmacists negotiated our labor contracts as a tiny voice outside the Coalition of LMP. Becoming an affiliate of UNAC/UHCP in 2015 allowed us to have a stronger voice at the bargaining table. In 2018, twenty-two local unions (including UNAC/UHCP) formed an Alliance with a deep commitment to each other and continuing partnership with Kaiser Permanente to improve patient care and make Kaiser the best place to work, and worked together to improve our National Contract.
The Alliance includes locals of AFSCME (which includes UNAC/UHCP and therefore UPSC), UFCW, USW, IBT, KPNAA, IUOE, OFNHP (AFT), UNITE HERE, ILWU, and HNHP. Together these unions represent over 50,000 members across hundreds of job classifications in nearly every geographic area where Kaiser Permanente has a presence.
In 2018, Alliance Unions updated our Labor Management Partnership National Agreement after several meetings with management. The original Agreement, first negotiated in 1997, had not been updated in the intervening 21 years. The updated National Agreement fully preserved our employment security and union rights as well as met our other key goals: a good wage increase, better benefits, and a plan to get our LMP back on track.
Prior to joining UNAC/UHCP as an affiliate union in 2015, Southern California Kaiser pharmacists were not part of the National Agreement and so did not have the benefits of Ben Hudnall education assistance, the $3,000 annual Tuition Reimbursement, Contract Stewards, Steward Training and the levels of Partnership cooperation with Investigatory and Issue Resolution meeting that we have now.