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.