July 12, 2019

Focus on common ground

Common Issues Committee to consider joint recommendations during next, as-yet-unscheduled, bargaining session.

Dennis Dabney, senior vice president, National Labor Relations and Office of the Labor Management Partnership; and Jim Pruitt, vice president, Labor Management Partnership and Labor Relations, The Permanente Federation, provided Kaiser Permanente employees with the following update on Coalition bargaining.

The fourth bargaining session between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions wrapped up on Thursday, July 11, with a frank, open discussion among the 120-member Common Issues Committee and dozens of union observers. 

The parties agreed top leaders will continue talking and working toward a mutually beneficial agreement.  

Throughout our conversations — including those yesterday — there has been a great deal of common ground around several major issues, including workforce planning, employee and manager training and education, performance outcomes, issue resolution and problem-solving processes, workplace injuries, and collaborative work to forecast the care needs of our patients in the future.

Earlier in the 3-day session, the 3 subgroups (Operational Effectiveness and Care Quality, Commitment to Partnership, and Work of the Future) finalized their joint recommendations, which are ready to be presented to the CIC for consideration at a future, and as yet unscheduled, bargaining session.

“At the end of the day, there will be a contract,” said Janet Liang, regional president of Kaiser Permanente in Northern California. “My hope is that we continue to engage in the spirit of partnership and collaboration.”

“Let’s move forward together,” said Ron Ruggiero, the president of SEIU Local 105 in Colorado.