September 22, 2023

Bargaining in good faith

The final scheduled Coalition bargaining session included new counterproposals from Kaiser Permanente on important economic issues.

Participants gather for the last scheduled session of national Coalition bargaining in San Francisco.

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

Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions met from September 21 to 22 in San Francisco to continue negotiations for a new national agreement. 

During this eighth and final scheduled session of national bargaining, management responded to Coalition priorities. Our latest proposal focused on important economic issues, including: 

  • Increasing your pay 
  • Setting a new minimum wage for Coalition-represented employees 
  • Redesigning the Performance Sharing Plan to have a minimum payout opportunity
  • Hiring even more staff, faster

We also made proposals on staffing, education and training, remote work, and the dispute resolution process. 

Despite this progress, Coalition union leaders announced plans to strike in early October 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. 

Kaiser Permanente and Coalition leaders will continue bargaining throughout the week of September 25 with the intent of reaching an agreement before the planned work stoppage in early October. 

We’re making progress 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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