UNITE HERE Local 5 Joins Nationwide Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions

Press Release
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HONOLULU —  UNITE HERE Local 5, which represents 1,900 Kaiser Permanente health care workers in Hawaii, has joined the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, AFL-CIO. UNITE HERE Local 5 workers include licensed practical nurses, ward clerks and other health care staff who provide care and service to Kaiser Permanente members at medical centers and offices throughout Hawaii.

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, AFL-CIO, represents nearly 120,000 health care workers from 32 locals nationwide, including the OPEIU Local 50/Hawaii Nurses Association. The coalition partners with Kaiser Permanente and Permanente medical groups in each region to form a Labor Management Partnership, an innovative model for labor relations.

“By joining the Coalition of Kaiser Unions, Local 5 members join with the Hawaii Nurses Association and 120,000 other unionized Kaiser professional employees all over the United States,” said Eric Gill, the union’s secretary-treasurer. “Through the Coalition, we now have new and valuable tools of partnership to work with Kaiser Permanente towards goals — like quality patient care and service — that both union and management people share, and to help ensure that Kaiser Permanente employees continue to set the standard for fair and competitive wages and benefits for Hawaii health care workers.”

The Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership is the largest and longest-lasting partnership of its kind in the country, established in 1997 as an integrated and strategic approach to contract negotiations and collaborative care delivery. All parties work together to improve the quality of care for Kaiser Permanente members while providing industry-leading wages and benefits to employees.

“We are pleased to create this partnership with UNITE HERE Local 5, whose members play an integral role in our health care team,” said Jean Melnikoff, vice president, Human Resources at Kaiser Permanente Hawaii. “Our coalition partners have an active voice in strengthening care delivery decisions and work alongside our providers and health plan leaders to provide the highest levels of patient-centered care.”

About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America’s leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve 11.7 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal Permanente Medical Group physicians, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.