Latest Bargaining Updates

On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached tentative agreement on a four-year contract, covering nearly 50,000 Kaiser Permanente health care employees in 21 local unions, and strengthening the Labor Management Partnership. 
The agreement includes new staffing language to continue to protect employees and patients, annual wage increases, and maintains benefits while providing career development and advancement opportunities for Alliance union-represented employees. When ratified, the agreement will ensure Kaiser Permanente patients continue to receive safe, high-quality care and service; maintain Alliance union members’ industry-leading wages and benefits; and ensure Kaiser Permanente remains affordable for its members in the future.  
“The Alliance of Health Care Unions fought to preserve a Kaiser Permanente where patients can count on excellent patient care and service. This has guided our work for 24 years. This agreement will mean patients will continue to receive the best care, and Alliance members will have the best jobs,” said Hal Ruddick, Executive Director, Alliance of Health Care Unions. “This contract protects our patients, provides safe staffing, and guarantees fair wages and benefits for every Alliance member.”   
Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance unions have a longstanding history of successful bargaining to collaboratively address mutual interests of all parties. “This landmark agreement positions Kaiser Permanente for a successful future focused on providing high-quality health care that is affordable and accessible for our more than 12 million members and the communities we serve. It also underscores our unwavering commitment to our employees by maintaining industry-leading wages and benefits,” said Christian Meisner, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente. “These were challenging negotiations, but this tentative agreement demonstrates the strength of our Labor Management Partnership and the unique success it can achieve when we work together.” 
Details of the tentative agreement include:   
  • Wage increases: Guaranteed across-the-board wage increases each year through 2025 in every region for all Alliance-represented employees. 
  • Health benefits: No reductions or takeaways to already low-cost family medical and dental coverage with the same low co-pays for prescriptions and office visits.  
  • Retirement benefits: The Agreement maintains generous retirement income benefits and employer-subsidized retiree medical.  
  • Bonus opportunities: Introduction of the Alliance Bonus Plan, which provides annual payouts for achieving new mutually-agreed-upon objectives to address affordability. 
  • New safe staffing and workload language: Will ensure every Kaiser Permanente patient receives extraordinary care every time and in every place. 
  • Opportunities for career growth: Alliance-represented employees will continue to have excellent career development and advancement opportunities. 
The Alliance and Kaiser Permanente have agreed to form a national Affordability and Competitiveness Task Force with specific targets to find innovative ways to address issues of affordability while continuing to work together to protect high-quality patient care.  
The tentative agreement was approved by members of the economic subcommittee of the Alliance of Health Care Unions and will now go to the full common issues committee (CIC) and then union members for ratification. Voting on the tentative agreement will occur over the next several weeks. If ratified, the agreement will have an effective date of October 1, 2021. 
In light of this, the Alliance unions have canceled their strike notifications.  
Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance are part of the longest running, most successful, and innovative labor management partnership in the nation.  

STRIKE NOVEMBER 15

Southern California UNAC/UHCP membership voted overwhelmingly — 96% — authorizing a strike, if deemed necessary to settle the contract. The leadership of UNAC/UHCP has determined the time is now. Therefore, moments ago, UNAC/UHCP leadership notified Kaiser Permanente (KP) of our intent to strike at hundreds of KP locations across Southern California beginning November 15 at 7:00 a.m.🎬 Watch the announcement video.

📋 Sign up for picket shifts: unacuhcp.org/kpstrike
👉 Town hall tonight at 7:30 PM PDT unacuhcp.org/nov4

Our fellow union members in the United Steelworkers (USW) in Southern California and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Care Professionals (OFNHP) will strike at the same time. In total, nearly 32,000 health care workers in the Alliance of Health Care Unions will walk out together on November 15. Over the next ten days, it is the intent of our negotiating team to continue bargaining hard with management to resolve the outstanding issues.

We have power in unity. During the time leading up to the strike you’ll receive updates via email and social media. Also, please check out our campaign website for information. Our power right now is in staying united. We anticipate management’s effort to communicate with the membership will go into overdrive. In the coming days, managers will ask us about our plans. The best answer is, “Yes, I’m ready to strike.”

Additional Resources
📱 Strike Support Hotline starts tomorrow: 1-805-308-9031
🔗 Online strike headquarters: unacuhcp.org/KPstrike

October Alliance National Bargaining Tele-Town Hall taking place  Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 6 pm Pacific, 3 pm Hawaii, 7 pm Mountain, 9 pm Eastern.

To participate in the call, dial 855-756-7520. Once connected, press 76501#.

March For The Future of Health Care Saturday, Oct 30, 2021

On Saturday, Oct. 30, UNAC/UHCP members will join with our sisters and brothers in the Alliance in Kaiser Permanente’s backyard, Pasadena. We’ll be sending a message to KP: We’re ready to do whatever it takes for our patients and our professions. Review the detailed march info below.

On Monday, the national staffing committee worked late into the evening to try to reach an overall settlement. While we didn’t come to an agreement that night, negotiations will continue throughout the week. Patient lives and the health of our communities depend on the outcome of these negotiations. We’ll share updates and progress as information becomes available.

Know Before You Go

March for the Future of Health Care
📆 Saturday, Oct. 30
⏰ 12 noon
📍 Pasadena Memorial Park
85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103
👉 Register here: unacuhcp.org/oct30march

Location: Memorial Park, 85 E Holly St, Pasadena, CA 91103

Event Timeline
Memorial Park will open to participants at 11:00 a.m. Our speaker program will begin at 12:00 noon at Memorial Park and our event will close at approximately 2:00 p.m. at Pasadena City Hall.

Covid-19 Safety Protocols
All participants age 12 and older are required to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a negative test within 72 hours of the event. All participants who are two and older must wear a mask for the entirety of the event. Register prior to attending.

Parking and Transportation
The Gold Line stops directly at Memorial Park station at the park. (see website for more information).

City lots and street parking cost $5/day
–       Marriott Park and Walk: 171 N. Raymond Ave.
–       Holly Street Lot: 150 E. Holly Street
–       Pasadena Park and Ride: 240 Ramona St
–       Empire Lakes Lot: 140 Chestnut St.

What to wear
UNAC/UHCP t-shirt, scrubs, or Union Blue. The weather forecast is a pleasant 72 degrees and partly cloudy. Please wear comfortable shoes as we will be marching from Memorial Park to Pasadena City Hall.

Bathrooms
There are limited bathrooms at Memorial Park with additional facilities at City Hall and the Paseo Colorado mall.

Food
Food will not be provided at the event. There are many restaurants in the immediate vicinity of both Memorial Park and City Hall.

Event Map
Please see the path of the March (the blue line on the image below) and nearby parking lot

Our powerful vote to authorize our bargaining committee to send a 10-day notice to strike if necessary kicked off a wave of momentum across our union and joined our cause with unionized workers across the country. In the coming weeks, we expect more than 40,000 Kaiser Permanente (KP) health care workers nationwide will be ready to do whatever it takes for our patients and our professions.

This employer needs to understand that we are not just labor costs to be managed by bean counters. Health care is about people: Our patients and those who care for them. To understand the human cost of its proposals, KP needs to see us. On Oct. 30, we’ll come together in a visible show of force in Pasadena for the March for the Future of Health Care. Register here: unacuhcp.org/oct30march.

The employer wants to divide us. Our power is in staying united. KP is preparing for a strike, as expected. In the coming days and weeks, they will ask us about our plans. The best answer is, “Yes, I’m ready to strike.”

At the Table
A strike is a last resort. The best outcome would be to secure the strongest possible agreement without having to strike. Our vote was a collective action with real results:

  • We secured additional bargaining dates continuing into next week
  • We are finally beginning to make progress on our contract

In recent days, we’ve won tentative agreements at the table that invest in us, including Ben Hudnall funds that will allow us to continue our education and advance our practice. However, Kaiser Permanente continues to drag its feet on meaningful staffing improvements while insisting on its dangerous two-tier wage scheme in the midst of a national health care worker shortage. In order to continue to provide high-quality patient care and prevent an erosion of standards, KP must keep industry-leading jobs.

 
MEET 12 NOON @ Pasadena Memorial Park (85 E Holly St #3907, Pasadena, CA 91103, USA)
 
We urge all members and allies to join us in KP SCAL’s backyard, beautiful Pasadena, California, for the March for the Future of Health Care. Front-line health care workers and union leaders will be joined by special guest speakers including AFSCME President and AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer.
 
AFTER BRIEF SPEECHES WE WILL MARCH 0.25 MILES TO PASADENA CITY HALL.
 
ALL ARE WELCOME!

💪💪 17,000 UNAC/UHCP members voted yes to authorize a strike at Southern Cal Kaiser locations.

” Kaiser is being short-sighted by offering a proposal that divides our future workforce & pays them 26% less than their current colleagues make now.” -Jane Carter explains why Kaiser SCAL RNs and health care pros like me voted to strike.

 https://www.npr.org/2021/10/14/1045904239/kaiser-permanente-workers-in-california-and-oregon-vote-to-authorize-a-strike

National Bargaining Update: October 11, 2021:

💪💪 17,000 UNAC/UHCP members voted yes to authorize a strike at Southern Cal Kaiser locations.

📰 Want to know more? Read an LA Times article about why RNs and health care pros like me voted to strike: https://www.latimes.com/business/story/2021-10-11/kaiser-permanente-southern-california-workers-vote-to-authorize-strike

#investinpatientcare

National Bargaining Update: October 1, 2021: Statement from the Alliance of Health Care Unions: 

Our National Agreement with KP expired as of midnight on October 1.

All Alliance union members’ pay, benefits, and conditions of employment are protected under the National Labor Relations Act and working without a contract poses no risk to union members.

After a long negotiation yesterday, Kaiser refused a routine 30-day contract extension and tried to silence us by insisting on extreme conditions for an extension. Contract extensions are a routine matter, and the stability and predictability would have benefited the employer. But KP’s extreme bargaining positions have prevented us from coming to a tentative agreement, and now KP execs are doubling down on obstruction. 

Kaiser Permanente’s bargaining strategy is not just outside the norm from the past twenty-four years of our Labor Management Partnership—it’s an aggressive move that is rarely employed by even the worst union busters. Kaiser Permanente executives won’t move off confrontational bargaining tactics, fake claims about our wages, and a two-tier wage scheme that will never be accepted by our unions.

Make no mistake: this is a pattern. KP refused an extension, just as they have refused to move from their insulting two-tier proposal that does nothing to address chronic short staffing and burnout.

Our predecessors fought for a Kaiser Permanente with the best jobs and the best care. We are more committed than ever to honoring that legacy. We will not back down. Now more than ever, we need to be vocal and united. The employer will try to divide us because KP knows that 52,000 Alliance members working together are unstoppable. 

Kaiser’s latest attempt to silence us failed, but it was a clear signal of weakness and fear. Every time we post on social media, wear our union colors and stay visible, we show this employer that we will do whatever it takes for our patients and our professions. 

With unity and determination, and the growing support of our patients and elected leaders, we will win a contract that protects our patients, provides safe staffing, and guarantees fair wages and benefits for every Alliance member – no matter how long it takes.  

 

 

I’m ready, @kpthrive, to do whatever it takes for my patients and my profession.

💪 @unacuhcp strong!

#ImReady #InvestinPatientCare #HeartofKP

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It is now time to significantly escalate our campaign for a fair contract by voting to authorize our UNAC/UHCP elected officers to call for a strike. Don’t miss the UNAC/UHCP KP bargaining town hall this week:  https://www.unacuhcp.org/sept-22-town-hall/  

📆 Wednesday, September 22, 2021
⏰ 7:00-9:00 p.m.
👉 Register for the town hall at  https://www.unacuhcp.org/sept-22-town-hall/

National Bargaining Update 9/17/2021:

Our UNAC/UHCP bargaining team has continued to press Kaiser Permanente to invest in the extraordinary health care professionals who deliver patient care. Throughout the bargaining process, Kaiser Permanente executives have refused to make any movement at the table, including not responding to many of our proposals. Last night, affiliate officers representing local Kaiser Permanente UNAC/UHCP members unanimously cleared the path for an unprecedented strike authorization vote.

It is now time to significantly escalate our campaign for a fair contract by voting to authorize our UNAC/UHCP elected officers to call for a strike.

Strike authorization voting will begin on Friday, October 1 and continue through Sunday, October 10. Members will vote online. In-person and virtual informational meetings will be announced in the coming days. Keep up with the latest information on our virtual strike headquarters here: unacuhcp.org/KPstrikevote.

UNAC/UHCP will hold an essential town hall meeting next week and we encourage all KP members to attend.

📆 Wednesday, September 22, 2021
⏰ 7:00-9:00 p.m.
👉 Click here to register now for the virtual meeting


PARTNERSHIP ACTIVITIES PAUSED

Effective immediately, UNAC/UHCP has notified Kaiser Permanente that our union will pause participation in LMP activities found in the National Agreement.

Since 2018, top executives of Kaiser Permanente have too often exhibited a lack of sponsorship and understanding of the fundamentals of partnership. Previous conduct and these negotiations have clearly demonstrated we are not in partnership. For the reasons stated on July 15, the UNAC/UHCP local officers for Kaiser Permanente affiliates authorized UNAC/UHCP officers to pause partnership activities if deemed necessary.

Click here to view the letter UNAC/UHCP President Denise Duncan, RN, sent to Kaiser Permanente CEO and Chairman Greg Adams.

National Bargaining Update 9/14/2021:

Our collective voice for patient care is loud and clear. As we approach the expiration of our contract on September 30, UNAC/UHCP members have already engaged in more than 10,000 quality conversations unit-by-unit about what’s at stake in these negotiations, led by our UNAC/UHCP contract action team members. This is a major milestone in a very short period of time. It’s clear we are united and ready to do whatever it takes for our patients.

These conversations have highlighted we may need to escalate our solidarity actions—right up to a possible strike. We must do whatever it takes to protect our patients and everything we’ve built our careers and supported our families on. We are not stopping at 10,000. These essential discussions will continue. By standing together, we can protect everything we’ve fought for and won during the past 50 years.

“We win great contracts with solidarity. Many of the members I’m talking to want to know more, have more information and understand this situation. That’s why we’re out here having conversations with every single member.” –Kim Mullen, RN, an elected UNAC/UHCP affiliate officer at Kaiser Permanente South Bay

Please share and 🖋 sign on to our petition telling KP to invest in patient care and the people who provide it: https://www.unacuhcp.org/invest-in-care/

National Bargaining Update 9/10/2021:

Other Contracts are settling with 3% – 4% yearly wage INCREASES….why does Kaiser think we deserve LESS?

This is the Dignity Health - Northern California 2021 CNA Tentative Agreement (this IS NOT our UPSC-UNAC/UHCP settlement )

National Bargaining Update 9/9/2021:

Alliance negotiators keep pushing to improve lives of patients and workers; Kaiser doesn’t move on key economic issues

As negotiators ground through the fifth day of National Bargaining, Alliance negotiators worked to fix the logjam of unresolved local bargaining issues. Local bargaining, including long-drawn out negotiations for newly-organized workers, have been going poorly due to KP stonewalling. Many items will be escalated to the national table, where we’re focused on wage increases, expanding benefits, raising substandard benefits, correcting wage inequities, and addressing staffing issues. Friday, September 10 is the final scheduled day of negotiations, and KP’s haphazard stonewalling continues.

Draconian Two-Tier Proposal Produces Subminimum Wages

KP’s so-called “market-based approach” to wages means the roll-out of a two-tier system that sets starting wages 26% or more below what they currently are now. If implemented, for some job classifications that would mean earning less than the California $15 minimum wage in 2023. Our research team did the math and here are the numbers:

In California, it’d be illegal to pay below the minimum wage of $15. At a time when businesses are offering higher pay and incentives, why is KP proposing a two-tier system that, if implemented, would result in subminimum wages?

In previous bargaining sessions, we’ve suggested solutions to address affordability including the use of APPs. Reducing wages for the workforce that saves countless lives during the pandemic is not the solution to affordability.

Furthermore, reducing the wages of the lowest-paid workers at KP reinforces structural racism. For example, 75% of clerical jobs are held by people of color and the wage of the positions will be further reduced increasing the wage disparity in the Inland Empire and Kern County.

Raising KPWA Standards

When Kaiser Permanente first acquired Group Health, they committed to investing in the Washington operations – in us. Investing in operations is more than bricks and mortar – it’s about investing in the workforce that delivers the best patient care. Yet after five years, KP Washington employees continue to lag far behind KP employees in every other region, despite Seattle’s high cost of living.

KP argues our wages are above market, but in KPWA, our wages are lower than most other unionized healthcare operators from the starting base rate to the top, and in differentials and wage premiums. KP employees from every other region have a retiree medical HRA worth 7 times more than the small HRA provided to KP Washington employees. Yet medical expenses in retirement are as high in Seattle as they are anywhere else in the country. All other KP partnership employees have a sick leave conversion on retirement to reward employees for good attendance. The Labor Management Partnership celebrates this benefit because it rewards good attendance with strong incentives but it doesn’t apply in KPWA. Health insurance deductibles, co-pays, and other features are far inferior in KP Washington compared to the benefits union members have in other regions.

There is no logical basis for these lower standards. In fact, KP employees in Southwest Washington (Longview/Vancouver) have significantly better benefits because they are considered part of the Portland region. It’s time for KP to invest in the caregivers in Washington state.

National Bargaining Update 9/3/2021:

At the bargaining table this week, our UNAC/UHCP bargaining team continued to stand together to improve our wages and preserve benefits. We resisted efforts by Kaiser Permanente to cut costs without accountability, rather than jointly address chronic understaffing and the burnout of union members across the Alliance of Health Care Unions. The employer is taking the absolutely wrong approach.

Everything we’ve fought for in the past 50 years is at stake. KP continues its narrative of competitors threatening to overtake a health care giant with pop-up clinics and expanding virtual care. The reality is that the employer emerged from the pandemic with at least $44 billion in cash reserves and a healthier outlook than many health care systems.

The real threat is that a new crop of KP leaders have redefined the organization’s legacy of partnership, justice, and equity.

Here’s what we are standing for:

  • across-the-board wage increases of 4% in each of the next three years
  • benefits that reflect the value of our exceptional care and service
  • improvements in economics and working conditions such as staffing that will attract even more dedicated RNs and health care professionals to the KP workforce
  • an improvement in Ben Hudnall and education benefits
  • a strong contract that enables us to provide even better patient care and service
  • a robust social justice program, including recognizing the history of African Americans with a new Juneteenth holiday for KP caregivers

💵 Learn more about KP’s strong financial position and the reasons why the employer must invest in safe staffing, patient access to care, staff retention and recruitment, and health equity: investinpatientcare.com/KPfinances.

UNAC/UHCP and Alliance negotiators reported progress in the following bargaining subcommittees:

  • Patient and Worker Safety subcommittee: four joint union and employer recommendations, including creating a national committee to address psychological safety and Just Culture and making the temporary 24/7 EAP line permanent.
  • Problem and Dispute Resolution subcommittee: five joint recommendations, including developing a guide to dispute resolution process and an annual refresher for interest-based conversations.

We still have work to do. Our UNAC/UHCP contract action teams talked to hundreds of KP health plan members and patients Wednesday, Sept. 1, explaining what’s at stake for the future of their care and service. Many thanks to our UNAC/UHCP subcommittee bargaining leads and the UNAC/UHCP members and staff who have stepped up and worked tirelessly during National Bargaining in 2021.

Sign on to our petition telling KP to invest in patient care and the people who provide it, and share it with others: https://www.unacuhcp.org/invest-in-care

National Bargaining Update 8/25/21:

KP Doubles Down on Destructive Proposal: Two-Tier and a 1% Raise

On Wednesday, August 25, Kaiser negotiators finally put a proposal on the bargaining table. In the face of the surge, and the growing shortage of workers in every job category, Kaiser proposed to pay all new hires much lower wages (on a two-tier wage scale) and pay current workers a 1% annual raise for the next three years.

“Management has doubled down on a destructive, dead-end proposal that will lead to lower care standards, and even worse staffing levels,” said Michael Barnett, President of USW Local 7600. “We will not agree to divide the workforce and pay new hires less to do the same work.”

Kaiser negotiators stuck to their proposal even after the Alliance presented extensive research showing that in fact, KP wages are very close to pay rates of competitors. The “wage study” is bogus.

“Clearly, Kaiser has lost their way, but we have not,” said Sandra Flores, Business Representative of IUOE Local 501. “We will stand up for our patients and for each other, for as long as it takes, to get a good contract — and we will NOT allow a dangerous race to the bottom to start with our workforce at Kaiser.”

The Alliance has proposed a strong contract that recognizes our expertise, attracts skilled staff to provide safe care, and protects our wages and benefits. In addition to wage increases across the board, we’ve proposed to raise standards in regions and unions that lag behind as well as increased tuition reimbursements.

We’ve also proposed a joint labor-management task force to address competitiveness and affordability, based on shared and accurate data. When we work together in a transparent interest-based process, we achieve innovative solutions.

UNION SOLIDARITY TUESDAYS START AUGUST 31ST!

JOIN US for Union Solidarity Tuesdays, starting Tuesday, August 31, 2021. On Tuesday, we will wear our union colors, buttons, and stickers in solidarity with our bargaining team. Take a selfie and tell us why you agree safe staffing is important. Use the hashtags #SafeStaffingSavesLives #BestJobsBestCare.

National Bargaining Update 8/23/21:

With rising #Delta cases and staffing shortages, now more than ever, KP needs to invest in its greatest asset: healthcare workers. But instead, KP is proposing lower wages and benefits for new hires. Two-tier wages will only drive skilled workers elsewhere and put a target on our backs. Learn more about why two-tier wages weakens our union solidarity, job security, and patient care. https://youtu.be/cro0uXdSaIA::

Unity Petition Calling on KP to Invest in Patient Care and the People who Provide Care

Scan this QR code to sign the petition yourself and send the code to coworkers, friends, family, and community members to sign as well.

You can also sign and send the Unity Pledge by using this link:     https://www.unacuhcp.org/invest-in-care/ 

  • Remember — *anyone and everyone* can sign this petition as either a KP employee, a patient, or a community ally who knows the importance of securing the best jobs and the best care.

UPSC Bargaining Update: August 20, 2021

This week marks the end of local bargaining.
 
Although the following topics were vigorously pursued by UPSC during multiple sessions, management responded with no interest:
 
  • Job Qualifications
  • Work From Home
  • Partial Shifts (Shifts less than 8 hours)
  • 25-yr step in wage grid
  • Per-Diem Differential
  • Weekend Differential
  • Additional Shifts Prior To and After Schedule Posting
  • Temporary Positions
 
We were able to reach agreement on an unpublished side letter to help standardize communication to the Union regarding pharmacist vacancies.

Management came after many of our current contractual benefits during bargaining and we fought off every attempt. They wanted to take benefits away and we simply would not stand for that.

We spent a great deal of time defending past gains to prevent:

  • Having less Pharmacist representation at union meetings, professional practice and workload committees
  • Reducing Return Rights after transfer into position
  • Reducing Posted Schedule from 4 weeks to 2 weeks
  • Allowing Manager to unilaterally change schedule the week prior
  • Allowing more than 2 forced additional hours or mandatory overtime to cover graveyard call outs
  • Changing every other weekend off to 50% off per manager’s scheduling discretion
  • Forgoing Holiday Pay if called out the day before or day after


National bargaining continues to discuss economic topics such as wages, pay differentials, benefits, retirement pay, and retirement benefits. The fight goes on for respect and the best compensation package for the excellent care we provide. Be on the lookout for ways you can join the fight.

We encourage you to join the UPSC private group on Facebook.

Follow UNAC/UHCP on FacebookInstagramTwitter and be on the lookout for future emails from UNAC/UHCP.

 
 

💻 More information 24/7: https://upsc-unacuhcp.com

UPSC Bargaining Update: 8/16/2021

This past week we reached a tentative agreement to discuss the vacation bidding process at the regional level after contract ratification.
 
UPSC continues to fight for you. We’ve introduced the following topics which management refuses to discuss:
  • Managers doing bargaining unit work in a possible Reduction in Force (RIF) situation (i.e. managers continuing to do bargaining unit work while Pharmacists lose jobs.)
  • Decrease bargaining unit work done by managers, taking away UPSC Pharmacist hours and positions
  • Excessive use of partial shifts less than 8 hours
  • Payment of evening and night differentials
  • Payment of OT if it straddles two consecutive days
  • Payment of 2.5 times OT for Pharmacists working on Alternative Work Schedules
 
Meanwhile management continues to attack our current contractual agreement with KP by pushing for the following:
  • Posting a two week schedule, rather than a four week schedule, two weeks in advance.
  • Proposing external Pharmacists in temporary positions to potentially have preference over PD for permanent positions.
  • Proposing less Pharmacist participation at meetings such as Investigations, Professional Practice and Workload Committees, and meetings to address changes in the workplace (effects bargaining).
 
Are you ready to fight these attacks on your profession and livelihood?   Next local UPSC bargaining sessions: August 16 and 19, 2021

National Bargaining Update 8/6/2021:

KP refuses to provide clear proposal, ignoring surge and staffing crisis, read full story HERE

 

 

UPSC Bargaining Update: 8/7/2021

Management’s attack on your contract continues. KP has moved from interest-based bargaining to more traditional bargaining tactics.
 
Management is now attacking your return rights after a transfer – your ability to voluntarily choose to return to your previous position per Paragraph 1431. They also want to reduce return rights from the current 21 days to 14 and limit use of this right to one time per contract term (typically 3 years).
 
Management wants to prohibit your ability to transfer until 6 months after completing probation or trial period – effectively preventing you from transferring for as long as 1.5 years.
 
We continue to fight for a more equitable distribution of additional shifts outside your home location up to 40 hours for Part-Time and Per Diem Pharmacists – instead of first come, first serve. We fight for uninterrupted time to complete mandatory training.
 
Management spends time trying to destroy the gains from prior contracts. We are focused on improving your working conditions. Management uses non-partnership bargaining tactics to try to achieve greater “flexibility” at the expense of Pharmacists. We focus on providing patient care.
 
This session of bargaining is unlike those we negotiated in 2015 and 2018. If management has its way, we will see erosion in our working conditions to go along with the major compensation changes KP is trying to force in National Bargaining.
 

Are you ready to fight to protect your rights, your contract, and your profession? Be on the lookout for ways you can join the action!

  •  Next local UPSC bargaining session: August 9, 2021
  •  Get the very latest bargaining info and be part of the team that actively spreads this info to your fellow pharmacists! Sign up to be part of our Contract Action Team here

National Bargaining Update 7/16/2021

ALLIANCE UNIONS MOVE FORWARD WITH NATIONAL BARGAINING, KP EXECS CONTINUE TO SAY WAGES ARE TOO HIGH. Read the full update here: https://tinyurl.com/5ecdc4xb and download the flyer

 

UPSC Bargaining Update: 7/9/2021

Pharmacy management continues down the path of trying to erode many of the gains we made in previous contracts. Our bargaining team continues to fight on behalf of all UPSC members to prevent this from happening. Our goal in bargaining is to make improvements where possible but equally as important is to protect what we have won previously.

This week economic items were placed on the bargaining table and agreement was reached on two items:

  • Distribution of overtime
  • Education bank

There was heated discussion on management’s interest on filling specialty positions based on:

  • using THEIR definition of the “most qualified” candidate
  • utilizing regional (Southern California) seniority rather than local area seniority
  • including Per-Diems in the same pool with benefited Pharmacists
  • including interviews and competency tests in the filling process

Management is also interested in replacing our right to every other weekend off.

We continue to fight to keep what we have gained in past negotiations and to address economic interests around differentials and overtime.

Lookout for ways you can take action.

Next local UPSC bargaining session: August 2, 2021

UPSC Bargaining Update: 7/1/2021

Each time we enter bargaining, it is a fight. We fight not only to gain improvements but to preserve what we had won previously. In this year’s bargaining, Pharmacy management is indeed trying to erode many of those gains we made in previous contracts. Furthermore, management is looking for even more concessions.

After 7 full days of bargaining, it is clear that KP Management wants to claw back improvements from past contracts and make changes in areas such as:

  • Reduction in Force (RIF) language
  • Mandatory overtime
  • Involuntary scheduling above FTE status/Changes to posted schedules
  • Limits on Ability to Transfer and Return Rights
  • Expanded use of working managers for “flexibility”
  • Unilateral/Involuntary decrease in FTE status

UNAC/UHCP fights to protect the gains we have made and continues to push for improvements. We have introduced several non-economic topics including:

  • Job security
  • Staffing levels
  • Job descriptions
  • Ability to Work from Home

We will be introducing economic topics next week.

Management wants to silence your voice. They want to decrease our ability to participate in the LMP process, including:

  • Investigational meetings – supporting pharmacists in meetings with management and/or HR
  • Corrective actions – supporting pharmacists in the disciplinary process
  • Grievances – advocating for the pharmacist when contract may have been violated
  • Effects bargaining – how changes in working conditions can affect you
  • Pharmacist Staffing/Workload Committees
  • Regional Professional Practice Committee – to advance the practice of pharmacy

Every one of us needs to take a stand to protect our livelihoods, our jobs, and our ability to safely care for patients. Stay informed. Be prepared for a call to action.

Next local UPSC bargaining session: July 7, 2021

National Bargaining Update 6/25/2021:

During the pandemic, we gave everything we had.

Every day, we went to work and faced death. We risked our lives. We went above and beyond what anyone expected. We slept in our cars and in tents to keep our families safe.

Some of us lost our lives. Throughout, KP remained profitable.

While we were on the frontlines fighting the deadliest pandemic in memory – a small group of KP executives met in secret to conclude our wages are too high.

This goes against everything our Alliance unions, our partnership, and Kaiser Permanente stand for.

We are joining together to take a stand for each other, our patients, and our communities starting Monday, June 28th.

Sign the National Bargaining Pledge

  • You can register for all the Tele-Town Halls at once by answering YES! to the question on this form.
    • SAVE THE UPCOMING DATES:
      • Thursday, July 22, 2021
      • Thursday, August 26, 2021
      • Thursday, September 23, 2021
      • Thursday, October 28, 2021
 
 
 

For decades, the Alliance of Health Care Unions and KP have been part of a unique partnership model where workers focus on improving performance to ensure the best patient care and KP’s long-term success, and the Alliance shares in KP’s success, enjoying industry-leading wages and benefits.

Partnership = Best Jobs + Best Care

Over the past few years, Kaiser Permanente has been very successful. It has made billions in profits, even during a worldwide pandemic, and its membership has continued to grow. We are calling on Kaiser Permanente to honor its commitment to the partnership equation of Best Jobs and Best Care.

We believe in maintaining the best jobs and best care for every working person and in addressing the gaps where systemic racism and income disparity have made it worse. We are United for the Best Jobs and Best Care.

Take Action to support our National Bargaining team and ensure we get the best national contract:

On June 28-30, wear the Alliance sticker ‘United for Best Jobs Best Care.

Post a “sticker selfie” on social media with the hashtag #BestJobsBestCare (during non-work time).

 

6/10/2021 – Alliance Storytelling Project 

We are going through a crisis together. The Alliance of Health Care Unions wants to help union members tell their stories of how they are feeling, how they are coping, victories and setbacks, in fighting the pandemic as well as related stress and trauma as a result of racial, class, and gender inequality and uncertainty.

We want to hear from you. If you’re willing to share your thoughts, feelings, and experiences, please submit your story below.

UPSC Bargaining Update: May 27, 2021

Our UPSC bargaining team secured five tentative agreements today during negotiations, including clarifying our education leave policies to ensure fairness to all pharmacists no matter our FTE status.

Our team negotiated the addition of clean-up and intent language in five areas covering grievance and arbitration, lead pharmacist position, per diem committment, jury duty and education.

The education article (read the entire contract on MemberLink) was updated with the clarifying definition of “regularly scheduled for 32 hours” as 0.8 FTE and included examples of mandatory certifications. In addition, 0.8 FTEs are now explicitly listed as having a maximum 10-day bank.

Our bargaining team had constructive conversation with management about vacation and other education issues. In addition, we had a charged exchange about managers doing bargaining unit work.

 

How to Stay Informed During Bargaining:

www.ahcunions.org – Alliance of Health Care Unions website

 www.bargaining2021.org   – Kaiser and Alliance of Health Care Unions website

@AHCUnions – Instagram

Alliance of Health Care Unions – YouTube

@AHCUnions – Twitter

#BestJobsBestCare #AllianceStrong

UPSC Bargaining Update: May 18, 2021

Our UPSC bargaining team met with Kaiser Permanente today to kick off 2021 local bargaining. While negotiations this week were limited to introductory conversations, we are preparing to bargain intensely over the next two months.

The process when we negotiate our local agreements that impact our affiliate-specific work is very different than for National Bargaining which is occurring at the same time this summer.

The following issues are those that our UPSC bargaining team submitted for consideration during this bargaining process. Please see the Bargaining 101 information below for more on how the bargaining process will work.

  • Education
  • Earned time off and vacation bidding
  • Hours of work
  • Job posting and filling of vacancies
  • Pharmacist vacancies
  • Rotation schedules
  • Differential and premium pay
  • Wage grid
  • Working managers
  • Temporary positions
This is not an exhaustive list of specific issues.
These are some of the topics that encompass the highly prioritized issues as identified by the bargaining survey and the bargaining team.
NEXT LOCAL UPSC BARGAINING SESSION: May 27, 2021

Bargaining 101

While our national bargaining team continues to negotiate a new national agreement, we also have our own affiliate bargaining team going to the table to negotiate a new local agreement, addressing aspects of our working conditions that directly affect only us.

A few things to remember about this process:

Our bargaining team will negotiate with management as equals. Our team will make all final decisions through a consensus process that will mean each issue and potential resolution is weighed against what is best for the majority of the UPSC membership, present and future.

No agreement is final until we vote yes to approve it. Once our team wins a strong Tentative Agreement (TA), they’ll bring it to our full membership for ratification when we vote on a new National Agreement. Before we vote, we’ll have a chance to read the entire TA, discuss it, ask questions, and deliberate. A majority of us must vote yes to approve it or the TA will not take effect.

A contract is a negotiation. Because both sides are equal in bargaining and both sides must agree to the result, neither party will get everything they want. That’s the nature of negotiations. Our power is that nothing enters the contract unless our bargaining team agrees to it and a majority of our membership votes to approve it.

Our power comes from unity. The key to winning a strong contract is always member unity. When we stand strong with our team, management will see that. When we stand together, we win.

Stand Behind our National Bargaining Team

UPSC President Lawrence Louie, PharmD, is our affiliate representative on the UNAC/UHCP National Bargaining Team that will sit down at the virtual table with Kaiser Permanente to begin bargaining our next National Agreement.

This National Bargaining Agreement covers wages, benefits and working conditions for tens of thousands of UNAC/UHCP members who are part of the 50,000-member Alliance of Health Care Unions (Alliance or AHCU). 

Although we cannot join the team in person just yet, there are some ways we can show our support and our unity as this important process kicks off:

  1. Take this Best Jobs and Best Care” survey and watch this impactful video from Alliance of Health Care Unions leader Hal Ruddick about the first days of 2021 National Bargaining: https://youtu.be/inG6n-7D-Xo

 

 

     3.  To show the National Bargaining team we are with them, please upload a photo of yourself in PPE. Submit your photos here. These photos will be used to show our collective strength and unity throughout bargaining. Please share your photos by April 30 so that we may include you in the solidarity group photo

UPSC Ready to Negotiate our Contract

 
  • Our UPSC local bargaining survey ended on 4/15/2021 and results are being calculated.
  • We are planning a Zoom Town Hall on Saturday, 5/22/2021. This is an opportunity to give your input on bargaining for our local agreement. 

UPSC Contract Bargaining Team:

  • Sheri Gotanda, Lead Negotiator
  •  Fred Aziz, Co-Lead
  • Max Carbuccia, Co-Lead
  • UPSC Officers