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Kaiser Permanente Workers Ratify New Agreement

Nearly 50,000 health care workers have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a 4-year contract with Kaiser Permanente that will help to ensure it remains a great place to work and receive care. The employees are represented by 22 local unions that are part of the Alliance of Health Care Unions and work across hundreds of job classifications in every geographic area where Kaiser Permanente has a presence.

The agreement includes annual wage increases and new staffing language for patient and worker safety, and maintains excellent benefits and innovative programs providing career development and advancement opportunities. This contract renews our shared commitment to the Labor Management Partnership and begins a new chapter where front-line caregivers and managers come together to address affordability and changing market conditions without sacrificing quality care or service.

“Our members have resoundingly endorsed a new national agreement that ensures Kaiser Permanente members can count on excellent care and service, and union members can count on the best jobs and benefits,” said Hal Ruddick, executive director, Alliance of Health Care Unions. “These negotiations were difficult, especially as our members are still battling the pandemic, but in the end the parties affirmed a joint commitment to working together, in partnership, to ensure the best future for union members, Kaiser Permanente, and our patients.”

“This contract reflects our deep appreciation for the extraordinary commitment and dedication of our employees throughout our response to the COVID-19 pandemic while also ensuring that we remain affordable for our members in the future,” said Christian Meisner, senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Kaiser Permanente. “We look forward to working together with our labor partners to implement the contract and further our mission of providing high-quality, affordable care.”

The ratified contract, which has an effective date retroactive to October 1, 2021, includes:

  • Wage increases: Guaranteed across-the-board wage increases each year through 2025 in every region for all Alliance-represented employees
  • Health benefits: Continues family medical and dental coverage with the same low copays for prescriptions and office visits
  • Retirement benefits: Maintains generous retirement income benefits and employer-subsidized retiree medical benefits
  • Performance sharing: Continues the Labor Management Partnership Performance Sharing Program, which provides annual payouts for achieving new mutually agreed-to objectives
  • Safe staffing and workloads: new language to ensure every Kaiser Permanente patient receives extraordinary care, every time and in every place
  • Career growth opportunities: Continued excellent career development and advancement opportunities

The Alliance locals that ratified the contract and Kaiser Permanente also agreed to form a national Affordability and Competitiveness Task Force with specific targets to increase affordability while continuing to work together to provide the highest quality patient care.

Members of one bargaining unit, representing 1,500 UNAC/UHCP pharmacists in Southern California, did not ratify the agreement. The contract will go into effect for all union members except that bargaining unit. UNAC/UHCP will return to the bargaining table with Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance are part of an innovative relationship known as the Labor Management Partnership, a joint strategy to lead organizational change, create an environment of continuous learning and improvement, and involve the workforce in decision making.

Kaiser Permanente Contract Ratification Vote

December 4th, 2021 Update: The contract with Kaiser Permanente is now ratified! Members overwhelmingly voted to accept the contract, and its effective date is October 1st, 2021. To review the contract TA’s please click here.

All Kaiser Permanente UFCW Local 1996 Members:
Please see the voting times and locations below. We will be voting the Local and National Contracts. Please make every effort to visit one of the polling places below. Work From Home and all other employees can vote at any location that is convenient for you. You can view all the TA’s for the Local and National Agreement here.

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Kroger Holiday Associate Appreciation

Kroger announced that they will be offering all associates the following holiday appreciation:

    • All hourly, frontline associates active as of Nov. 6, 2021 will receive a $100 Thank You Credit on their loyalty card. This credit will apply to hourly associates in our stores.
    • The credit is not taxable, which allows associates to take advantage of the full $100.
    • Additionally, all associates – regardless of role – active as of Nov. 6, 2021 will receive 1,000 fuel points.
    • Both offers will be applied on Nov. 19.
    • For those associates who do not have a loyalty card, every effort will be made to provide them with a loyalty card and load the $100 once the card is linked to our system. In extreme cases, a $100 gift card will be provided instead.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Union Representative.

Tentative Agreement Reached With Kaiser Permanente

On the morning of Saturday November 13th, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Healthcare Unions reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on the National Alliance Agreement. This means the strike has been called off!

For the TA to be finalized, it must be ratified by the membership of each individual local union. More details to come on that process soon.
You can read the summary from the Alliance of Healthcare Unions below, and each of the individual TA’s below, please note that many may cover various states and regions.

Update from the Alliance of Healthcare Unions
Our Tentative Agreement includes wage increases and wage justice, major staffing improvements, and two-tier is defeated . . . Read more.

Strike Notices Served By California Unions In The Alliance of Healthcare Unions

Unions in the Alliance of Healthcare in California served Kaiser Permanente with a strike notice today. This strike notice only impacts certain local unions on the West Coast and does not impact UFCW Local 1996 in Georgia.

Members of UFCW Local 1996, as well many others, have approved a strike authorization. While these unions on the west coast are giving their ten-day notice of a strike and job walkout, this is not the case for us in Georgia, at this time. We have not yet issued the 10-day notice of a strike and job walkout.  

Bargaining is ongoing and we will post updates on our website.

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!