Kaiser Permanente Bargaining Updates

September 17th, 2021: After months of stalling by KP negotiators, our scheduled national bargaining sessions ended at a standstill.

Public opinion, elected leaders, our labor allies, and our strength and unity are all in our favor. We are 52,000 strong, and KP has no path to winning this fight. KP’s proposal is out of sync with what is happening in healthcare today, as other employers provide wage increases, benefits improvements, sign-on bonuses, and more to recruit and retain employees. We will never let two-tier wages lead us into a broken healthcare system with worsening patient outcomes.

We are united, determined, and ready to win a good contract and defend our patients and the organization we have built. Together we will win for our patients and all health care workers.


1. Sign the petition telling Kaiser Permanente invest in patient care and health care workers. After you sign the petition, share it with your co-workers, friends, and family on social media. 

 Sign the petition: https://actionnetwork.org/petitions/invest-in-patient-care-and-healthcare-workers?clear_id=true&source=UFCW1996

2. Participate in Union Solidarity Tuesdays 

Every Tuesday, wear your union gear to work until we win a fair contract. (Mondays if you’re in Colorado). Take a photo wearing your union gear and post it on social media with the hashtag #BestJobsBestCare. Remember to tag KP @KPThrive and your local union.

3. Participate in the Tele-Town Hall on September 23, 2021

Join us on September 23rd to learn more about what happened during National Bargaining and the next steps in our national bargaining contract campaign.

You can join the Tele-Town Hall at the time that is convenient for you.

  • Session 1: 12 noon Eastern
  • Session 2: 6 pm Eastern
  • Session 3: 9 pm Eastern

 If you haven’t already, register for the Tele-Town Hall on September 23, 2021. 

Register: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/register-sept-tth?clear_id=true&source=UFCW1996
Deadline to register: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 – 3PM Eastern Time.

4. Like and share our latest video on how two-tier wages have impacted workers like you. https://youtu.be/tqg-Z7-q-DU

If you have any questions please reach out to your union representative.

September 10th, 2021:
“Because of management’s approach, these negotiations are in serious trouble – unlike anything our Alliance unions have experienced with Kaiser Permanente since the 1990’s,” said Alliance chief negotiator Hal Ruddick. “Unless management dramatically changes course, this conflict will continue to escalate. The Alliance is united, strong, and ready to stand up for our members and our patients.” See The full update below.

September 9th, 2021:

August 31st, 2021:

August 30th, 2021:

August 19th, 2021:
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.

August 19th, 2021:
KP’s half-baked proposal on economics will make the staffing crisis worse and compromise patient care. Join us on August 26thto hear the latest in national bargaining and actions you can take to make sure we win a great contract. Times are 12PM, 6 PM and 9 PM. Register here today. 

August 2nd, 2021:

July 13th, 2021:
Our next Alliance National Bargaining Tele-Town Hall is coming up! Join us on Thursday, July 22nd  at 12 PM, 6 PM, or 9 PM to hear the latest in National Bargaining and learn about our July National Bargaining Action on July 26-28. Register today using this link. Please register before Wednesday, July 21, 2021, 3 PM EST to ensure you get the call in number in time to join.

July 12th, 2021:

June 25th, 2021:

Sticker-Up Day of Action!
Partnership=Best Jobs + Best Care:
As part of the National Bargaining contract campaign, Alliance Unions will be taking action on Sticker-Up days on June 28-30. Please see your Shop Steward or Union Representative for your sticker and share the flyer below.

United for Best Jobs, Best Care video: https://youtu.be/3hsrcHV_edE
Record a short video to support our call for Best Jobs, Best Care. Click on the YouTube link above to see an example. When recording the video, talk about:

  1. What does “Best Jobs, Best Care = Partnership” Mean
  2. Good jobs support health
  3. KP is committed to improving social determinants of health – like income
  4. We set the standard for all
  5. Wage justice is also racial justice
  6. Calling on KP to preserve the best jobs for all Alliance workers through our partnership

Local bargaining update: The Union Local Bargaining committee met with the company on June 7 and 21. We discussed non-economic issues during these meetings. We made good progress on the language topics discussed and aim to begin the economic discussions on our next sessions. We are tentatively scheduled to meet on early and mid-July.

June 18th, 2021:

June 8th, 2021: