Dear valued broker partner,
Tentative agreement reached with the Alliance of Health Care Unions
On Saturday, November 13, 2021, Kaiser Permanente and the Alliance of Health Care Unions reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract, covering nearly 50,000 Kaiser Permanente health care employees in 22 local unions.
The tentative agreement includes annual wage increases and maintains benefits while providing career development and advancement opportunities for Alliance union-represented employees. In addition, the Alliance and Kaiser Permanente have agreed to form a national Affordability and Competitiveness Task Force with specific targets to find innovative ways to address issues of affordability while continuing to work together to protect high-quality patient care.
In light of this, the Alliance unions have canceled their strike notifications.
Learn more about our tentative agreement with the Alliance of Health Care Unions.
Tentative agreement reached with the Guild for Professional Pharmacists
At about 1 a.m. this morning, Kaiser Permanente and the Guild for Professional Pharmacists reached a tentative agreement for a new 3-year contract for pharmacists in our Northern California Region. The tentative agreement reflects our respect for Kaiser Permanente pharmacy professionals and the exceptional care they provide and provides industry-leading wage and benefit packages. The agreement is aligned with our commitment to high quality, affordable health care, and to being the best place to work in health care.
In light of this, the Guild for Professional Pharmacists canceled the strike that was expected to begin today, and our pharmacies are returning to regular operations.
Learn more about our tentative agreement with the Guild for Professional Pharmacists.
Continuing to bargain with Local 39 Operating Engineers and the National Union of Healthcare Workers in Northern California
We are continuing to bargain in good faith with the Local 39 Operating Engineers (IUOE) and the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and are confident we will reach agreements with these unions very soon. Currently, there is no change in the Local 39 Operating Engineers strike. Other unions have not yet rescinded their one-day sympathy strike notices for Thursday, November 18 and Friday, November 19. NUHW, the union that represents our mental health professionals, has also announced a one-day strike for Friday, November 19, which remains in effect.
As always, our first priority is our members and patients and we have taken steps to ensure they will continue to receive high-quality, safe care and service should these strikes in Northern California take place.
For more information about Kaiser Permanente labor relations and bargaining, visit kp.org/labor.