June 30, 2021

2021 national bargaining underway

Interest-based negotiations ensure the best outcomes for all.

Steve Shields, SVP, National Labor Relations and Office of Labor Management Partnership, provides his perspective on the importance of our unique partnership with unions.

Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions kicked off national bargaining April 20, 2021, under a streamlined virtual format driven in part by the COVID-19 pandemic. Bargaining sessions are scheduled to run through September and will involve more than 100 management and labor representatives from across Kaiser Permanente.

This marks the second time that Kaiser Permanente and the alliance have engaged in national bargaining since the alliance, which comprises 22 local unions, formed in 2018. The current national agreement expires September 30, 2021.

Working together in partnership with the unions that represent our employees helps us to achieve the best results for our members, patients, and the communities who depend on Kaiser Permanente to provide high-quality, affordable health care — and helps to keep Kaiser Permanente a great place to work for all.