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Kaiser Permanente Agrees to Extend COVID Leave & Childcare Grant

The strength of our Alliance partnership continues to benefit our members. Kaiser Permanente has agreed to extend the COVID childcare grant in all regions through June 5. As schools and day care centers reopen, if an employee’s children are enrolled in full-time care or school, they will not be eligible. However, if the child’s school or day care center is only partially reopened the employee will remain eligible. For example, if school is only 3 days a week, the employee will remain eligible. In another example, if school is 5 days a week but only 4 hours each day, the employee would remain eligible. The same program terms apply as previously.  You can read more about the childcare grant here.

Also, the COVID leave benefit is extended through June 5, with the same terms and eligibility as currently in effect. KP indicated their intention is to end the benefit effective June 5, but agreed to reevaluate pandemic conditions as we get closer to June 5. You can read more about the leave extension here.

Contract Extension Membership Update: UFCW Local 1996 and HAC, Inc. Agree to a Contract Extension

March 19th, 2021

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contract negotiations, UFCW Local 1996 and HAC, Inc. have agreed to a contract extension to allow for adequate time for a thoughtful and thorough bargaining of your contract by UFCW Local 1996.

The contract expires March 20th, 2021. However, when there is a contract extension, such as in this situation, our current contract remains in place until we are done with the new agreement.

Restrictions implemented around the pandemic from the CDC to hotel and meeting space restrictions and safety guidelines under the State of Georgia’s executive orders, make scheduling in-person meetings challenging. This along with a limited vaccine supply and rollout in the state of Georgia means these restrictions will continue for the foreseeable future.

Because of restrictions, UFCW Local 1996 and HAC, Inc. will likely start negotiations using a virtual meetings platform and transitioning into in-person meetings when safety restrictions allow.

The pandemic has changed many practices for many organizations and businesses. We do not want this changing landscape to rush us into an agreement. Negotiating the best possible contract for our members is the priority. For that reason, the Union has agreed to the extension of the contract.

Initial bargaining meeting dates have been set for March 23rd, 26th and 29th, 2021.

 

Kroger Contract Negotiations Update – Kroger Contract Extension

Kroger Membership Update: UFCW Local 1996 and Kroger Agree to a Contract Extension

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on contract negotiations, UFCW Local 1996 and Kroger have agreed to a contract extension for both the Atlanta and Savannah contracts in order to allow for adequate time for a thoughtful and thorough bargaining of your contract by the Union Bargaining Committee.

The contracts expire March 20th, 2021. However, when there is a contract extension, such as in this situation, our current contracts remain in place until we are done with the new agreement.

Restrictions implemented around the pandemic from the CDC, hotel and meeting space restrictions and safety guidelines under the State of Georgia’s executive orders, make scheduling in-person meetings challenging. This along with a limited vaccine supply and rollout in the state of Georgia means these restrictions will continue for the foreseeable future.

Because of restrictions, UFCW Local 1996 and the Kroger company will likely start negotiations using a virtual meetings platform and transitioning into in-person meetings when safety restrictions allow.

The pandemic has changed many practices for many organizations and businesses. We do not want this changing landscape to rush us into an agreement. Negotiating the best possible contract for our members is the priority. For that reason, the Union has agreed to the extension of both the Atlanta and Savannah agreements.

HMC HealthWorks March Newsletter

March is Colorectal Cancer Month and this month’s newsletter focuses on symptoms, risk factors and screening methods for colorectal cancer. Our March blog, link below, provides resources if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with colon cancer. The March tip sheet discusses how caring for a family member can be emotionally demanding and can lead to burnout. Learn the signs of burnout and where you can find support.

Kaiser Permanente Pension Review Leads to Increased Recovered Pension Benefits!

On behalf of 50,000 members, the Alliance leaders review benefits regularly to make sure they are being implemented correctly. It was discovered that Kaiser Permanente had not implemented the pension multiplier increase correctly. Alliance-represented workers in Hawaii, Georgia, and the Mid-Atlantic States could have lost out on an approximately 3% increase in the dollar value of monthly pension benefits. More details on how this impacts pension benefits can be found on the flyer below.