Kaiser, AHCU Reach Contract Agreement

With a new contract, more than 48,000 workers across 22 union Locals will continue to “thrive” in their jobs at Kaiser Permanente.

Kaiser Permanente has reached and agreement on a three-year collective bargaining agreement with the Alliance of Health Care Unions (AHCU). The agreement concludes negotiations that began in May and were among the largest private sector contract talks in the country in 2018.

According to a media statement released by Kaiser Permanente and the AHCU, the tentative agreement includes:

  • Across-the-board wage increases, which vary by region and by year.
  • Enhanced processes to re-energize the Labor Management Partnership and ensure the engagement of senior leaders.
  • A new labor-management trust to fund the partnership with the Alliance.
  • A new educational trust to fund job training, pursuit of academic degrees, professional certification and career counseling services for employees represented by an Alliance union.
  • Continued support for 3,600 front-line teams. Worker engagement and participation in these teams have helped Kaiser Permanente garner recognition for clinical quality, patient safety and member satisfaction from organizations such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

The agreement is in the hands of union members for ratification. The contract will cover 48,000 health care workers in California, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Georgia and Hawaii. Job classifications include registered nurses, pharmacists, maintenance and service workers.

“Our unions are committed to raising the standards of health care delivery, and the living standards of workers everywhere,” said Alliance Executive Board Chair Kathleen Theobald, executive director of the Kaiser Permanente Nurse Anesthetists Association. “We have shown that we can deliver top quality care hand in hand with industry-leading wages and benefits. This Tentative Agreement strengthens our partnership and our ability to keep delivering improvement for patients and workers.”

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