April 26, 2015

The 2015 Union Delegate Conference

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Building a Healthy Future

The 2015 Union Delegate Conference looked to the future—a future based on innovation, lifelong learning and total health for the workforce and the members, patients and communities we serve. One of the highlights of the annual gathering of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions was a hands-on exercise in design and innovation that helped demystify innovation by showing one of the key ingredients is careful listening.

Bernard J. Tyson, Kaiser Permanente chairman and CEO, and Hal Ruddick, executive director of the union coalition, participated in the exercise with the 600 frontline workers and leaders attending the three-day conference in Anaheim, which opened March 27.

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Plenary sessions focused on the changing nature of health care and the need to innovate and stay flexible. Delegates heard from a range of speakers, including:

  • Elizabeth Shuler, secretary-treasurer, AFL-CIO
  • Dave Regan, president, SEIU-UHW
  • Rishi Manchanda, MD, the president and founder of HealthBegins, who put health care in a larger context and reminded delegates that social conditions are integral to health and that addressing them can be as important as prescribing a correct medication.

A panel of speakers provided a perspective on why lifelong learning in a union issue—including LaShauna Hardy, a United Steelworkers Local 7600 member who told the story how she has worked her way up to becoming a licensed vocational nurse and now has her sights on becoming a registered nurse.

Afternoons featured a series of workshops on organizing skills, leading workplace change and innovation, and managing health and wellness. At the closing session on March 29, delegates focused on issues related to national bargaining, which kicked off March 30.

Capture of the UDC2015 Twitter Screen

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