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Strike Authorization Approved At Kaiser Permanente.

The Kaiser Permanente strike authorization results are in – and a strike authorization was approved by 96%, which means the strike authorization overwhelmingly passed!

What does this mean:
This means the membership has authorized the union to call for a strike during the bargaining process, which is still ongoing, if Kaiser Permanente will not come to the table and bargain in good faith for the contract our members deserve!

What does this not mean:
This does not mean we are going on strike right now. No one wants to call for strike and have workers walk off the job, we only use this very powerful tool if it is necessary. We will let union members know if a strike is called for. If you know any other union members who are not receiving these emails, please send them this link so we can keep them up to date (after confirming their membership).

What would a strike look like – if the union does call for one?
A strike means no one covered by the union contract with Kaiser Permanente goes to work during the strike. If individuals report to work, referred to as “crossing the picket line”, it means that the strike loses its power. This includes those who work in facilities and those who work from home, neither should report to work. The most powerful tool we have as workers is the ability to withhold our labor. A strike is the ultimate example of this – everyone in solidarity together.

You can read our press release about the strike authorization vote here.

The facts about a strike in a right-to-work state like Georgia are:

1.   Strikes are allowed in Georgia and you cannot be retaliated against for going on strike. You can read an example about another union with members in Georgia and other states, the Bakers & Confectioners Union (BCTGM), going on strike earlier this year, in this article.

2.    You will not be paid while on strike. While back pay can be negotiated, it is not always guaranteed.

If you have any questions, please let your Union Representative know!

Kaiser Permanent Bargaining Updates

Click here to read the latest Kaiser Permanente bargaining updates, register for the member update call on Thursday and read the latest statement from the Alliance of Healthcare Unions.

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…. read more

If you would like to submit a question, please click here to go to the form. Please make sure to put Kaiser in the work location field.

Kroger Pay Scale Lookback Period for Clerks Begins October 1, 2021

Kroger Pay Scale Lookback Period for Clerks Begins October 1, 2021.

In the new contract, Clerks have the ability to move up Steps in the pay scale bases on hours worked. These hours are averaged over a review period, called a “lookback” period. These step increases only apply to Clerks and not volume rated positions. This affects clerks in the Atlanta and Savannah Divisions. Please note that clerks will also receive a pay raise by moving across the scale over time, even if they do not move up the scale based on average hours.

That period begins October 1st, 2021 and runs through September 30th, 2022.

Your average hours worked over this period will determine step movements, if there are any, that will take effect on January 1st, 2023. You will still get a wage increase by moving across your scale, on your increase date.

How Does This Affect Me?

If you are in the Step 1 pay scale (yellow line):
If you average 32 hours or more over the lookback period, you will move into Step 2 (blue line)beginning January 2023. 

If you are in the Step 2 pay scale (blue line):
Once you are in Step 2, you cannot be bumped down to Step 1. If you average 38 hours or more over the lookback period, you will be moved to Step 3 beginning January 2023 (green line).

If you are in the Step 3 pay scale (green line):
You must maintain and average of 38 hours or more over the lookback period, if you do not, you will be bumped down to the Step 2 pay scale.

Important things to remember:

  • Your vacation days, holidays and personal days are counted as hours worked!
  • The measurement period runs for a year: From October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.
  • You cannot move directly from a Step 1 to a Step 3. You must move to Step 2 First.
  • If you are in Step 2, you cannot be bumped down to Step 1
  • However, if you are in Step 3, you can be bumped down to Step 2 if you do not maintain a 38 hour average over the lookback period.
  • You will still get an increase yearly by moving across your step in June of 2022, 2023 and 2024 (see chart).