Eleven Unions, Representing 85,000 Employees, Resume Kaiser Talks

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With an expired contract, 11 unions head back to the negotiating table on behalf of 85,000 Kaiser Permanente employees.

Becker’s Hospital Review, April 1, 2019:

The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions — comprising 11 labor unions in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia — and Kaiser have scheduled bargaining sessions for April 17 through April 19. The coalition’s national agreement with Kaiser expired Sept. 30.

The renewed talks come about a year after the coalition filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in May 2018, alleging that Kaiser violated federal law by refusing to negotiate a new contract and proposing negotiating conditions that would prohibit unions from speaking out about patient care issues or taking political action against the healthcare giant.

A hearing on the complaint is scheduled for April 22 in Oakland, Calif.

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