October 1, 2023

October 1 enhanced offer

Kaiser Permanente presented an enhanced package proposal that increases wages for all Coalition-represented employees.

Representatives from labor and management continue to work to make progress toward a new agreement.

This message is being sent to employees represented by the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.

Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions continued negotiating the renewal of our national agreement on Sunday, October 1, in San Francisco.

Management presented an enhanced proposal that addresses many of the Coalition’s top priorities:

  • ENHANCED: Providing guaranteed across the board wage increases (see details below)
  • Establishing new minimum wages for Coalition-represented employees
  • NEW: Updating and modifying an outsourcing side letter of agreement
  • Enhancing the Performance Sharing Plan with minimum payout opportunities if quality and service goals are met, and a substantial maximum payout opportunity
  • Increasing funding for the LMP trust fund to support our partnership activities
  • Increasing funding to the SEIU-UHW West & Joint Employer Education Fund and Ben Hudnall Memorial Trust, to further invest in the development of our Coalition-represented employees
  • Increasing Health Reimbursement Account amounts for eligible retirees

Here are the details of the newly enhanced across the board wages offered October 1:

Across the board increases
4-year term 1 2 3 4
NCAL and WA 4% 4% 4% 4%
SCAL, CO, MAS, NW, and HI 3.5% 3% 3% 3%

These increases are in addition to the new, KP-wide minimum wages already in our offer:

Proposal for Coalition minimum wages   2024 2025 2026
NCAL and SCAL minimum rate $23 $24 $25
WA, NW, CO, MAS, and HI minimum rate $21 $22

Despite this progress, Coalition union leaders continued plans to have their members employed at Kaiser Permanente walk off the job Wednesday, October 4, in our Colorado, Mid-Atlantic States, Northern California, Northwest, and Southern California markets.

While these plans to strike are disappointing, we remain committed to reaching an agreement that is good for our employees, our members, and our organization, and we will continue to bargain in good faith with the Coalition. 

Since national bargaining began in April 2023, we have focused on achieving a new contract that continues to provide you with market-leading wages, excellent benefits, generous retirement income plans, and valuable professional development opportunities.

We are confident that we will reach an agreement that strengthens our position as a best place to work while ensuring that our high-quality care remains affordable and easy to access.

We’re continuing to make progress in bargaining and hope you agree that the most effective and quickest way for us to reach an agreement is at the bargaining table, not the picket line.  

Thank you for your commitment to our patients, our members, and each other. We will continue to keep you updated as the bargaining process moves forward.

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