Health care unions, Kaiser Permanente reach a tentative agreement, narrowly avoiding a strike.
On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, covering nearly 50,000 Kaiser Permanente health care employees in 22 local unions, and strengthening the Labor Management Partnership. KP's two-tier proposal did not make it into the final agreement, and the strike set to begin on Monday has been canceled."
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Patients Are Our Priority
Peter Sidhu, RN
UNAC/UHCP State Treasurer
“I’ve seen fellow nurses cry when we’re short-staffed and it’s not because we aren’t getting our lunch breaks. It’s because we can’t give the care patients deserve, the care we would want to give our own families. Obviously, we want KP to do well but not at the expense of our patients. Our goal is to continue providing extraordinary care, every single time and to do that, we need the staff."
Cheryl Walker, OT
Kaiser Orange County
"KP needs to support the people on the front lines who are working with the patients, who know what the patients need. Listen to what we are saying is happening. We are bringing something special to the table."
Charmaine Morales, RN
UNAC/UHCP Executive Vice President
"The care we give is the heart of the patient experience at KP – and we must take care of the workers. KP is a successful employer that can and should invest in its greatest asset: registered nurses and health care professionals committed to providing the best care and service to our communities. KP management has tried to paint a picture that KP is under financial threat. Nothing could be further from the truth. While we’re fighting for safe staffing, patient and worker safety, KP is stalling at the bargaining table. "