The Labor Management Partnership has worked well for so long because it brings together workers, managers and physicians at all levels of the organization. But like any partnership, over more than 20 years, we realized that the world around us is changing, and to make sure the Labor Management Partnership remains relevant and works for everyone, it needs to change too. What doesn’t change? Kaiser Permanente’s steadfast commitment to labor, and to labor management partnership.
We are proud of the results we have achieved for Kaiser Permanente members, patients and customers — and for our workforce — through our Labor Management Partnership. And we are committed to strengthening and growing our partnership in the future.
What you should know:
Kaiser Permanente is committed to partnership
There is a new labor management partnership agreement and we are excited that 22 unions have signed it. This agreement is based on trust, mutual respect, and cooperation to benefit our patients, members, customers and employees. We hope all of the unions that represent Kaiser Permanente employees will agree to join in partnership because a strong partnership links Kaiser Permanente’s success with our employees’ and unions’ success. But we honor each union’s choice as to whether it works in partnership with Kaiser Permanente, and we are committed to working productively with all unions.
Our improved Partnership Agreement continues all of the prior benefits and obligations, plus:
— We will ensure employees enjoy a free-to-speak environment at Kaiser Permanente.
— We will promote each others’ mutual success.
— We will continue to respect unions’ ability to communicate with the employees they represent, and to prepare for robust engagement during bargaining.
Kaiser Permanente is bargaining in good faith
Kaiser Permanente has been and continues to be at the bargaining table with unions across our regions. We are committed to fulfilling all of our bargaining obligations and bargaining in good faith. In fact, through local bargaining this year, 14 agreements have been signed and ratified, and our goal is to reach several more agreements before the end of 2018.
Kaiser Permanente is growing
Kaiser Permanente is growing and adding jobs in hundreds of categories. In California alone, we have added more than 13,000 jobs since 2015, and we have more than 9,000 union-represented open positions.