At the end of May, 2010 Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions reached a tentative agreement on a new, two-year National Agreement. In June, 500 union delegates representing 30 union locals and 96,000 Kaiser Permanente employees reviewed and unanimously endorsed the tentative agreement. It is being voted on by the local unions and final ratification is expected by the end of September.
During negotiations, the parties made progress toward improving affordability, service and quality for health plan members and being the best place to work. The unique Labor Management Partnership—the most enduring, largest, and most successful of its kind in any industry – puts industry-leading performance improvement tools into the hands of empowered workers, organized into teams, fueling constant performance improvement.
The tentative agreement provides for two annual 3% across-the-board wage increases, maintenance of the current benefit package, an enhanced sick leave cash-out option, stable funding for workforce development trust funds, and strengthening the Labor Management Partnership. Unit based teams, a strategy to improve quality, were reaffirmed as part of the operating model of Kaiser Permanente.
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