Reaffirming and Celebrating 20 Years of Our Extraordinary Labor Management Partnership

October 2017 marked the 20th anniversary of our extraordinary Labor Management Partnership (LMP) — formed by Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions — which now includes more than 150,000 managers, physicians and union-represented workers across Kaiser Permanente.

This milestone is a great opportunity to reaffirm our partnership, and recommit to making it stronger and better than ever. Leaders of the unions, which form the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, met with leadership of Kaiser Permanente to reach consensus on and kickoff that reaffirmation, discuss their respective commitments to the future of the partnership, and chart a path for the LMP’s success over the next 20 years. Focus areas include: (1) health and health care of the future; (2) the future of labor in America; and (3) implications of technology on work and workers in America. This work is designed to strengthen the LMP so that, working together, we will continue to improve health care for members and the community overall.

This is the second reaffirmation process for the partnership. In 2002, when the LMP was just five years old, leaders from Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions gathered to examine what they had accomplished, where they had fallen short and how they could ensure that the partnership became even more relevant and effective.

California Governor Honors Our Partnership

In addition, to commemorate the anniversary, California Gov. Jerry Brown issued a proclamation congratulating Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions for 20 years of successful partnership and collaboration.

“This model has resulted in improved patient outcomes, workplace innovations, process efficiencies, and measurable service and quality enhancements while creating a safer, healthier work environment with opportunities for health care workers to improve their skills and advance their careers,” said Brown, “I commend all of the organizers and participants in this process for making the Golden State a better place to live and raise our families.”

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