Partnership is how Kaiser Permanente does business, and the Labor Management Partnership—jointly led by KP and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions—is woven into almost every aspect of KP operations.
Both sides of the partnership report to and are guided by the highest levels of their respective organizations. For management, that is Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson, and for labor, it’s the Coalition Executive Board, made up of leaders of the 33 local unions in the union coalition.
The joint governing body of the partnership is the LMP Strategy Group, comprising 42 union, management and physician leaders who provide oversight for the partnership. The strategy group’s 12-member Executive Committee is LMP’s chief decision-making body, responsible for approving the partnership’s strategic direction and budget.
The Office of Labor Management Partnership provides day-to-day executive leadership for partnership programs and activities. It is led by three partners: the senior vice president of Labor Relations for the Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Dennis Dabney; the executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, Hal Ruddick, under the direction of the Coalition Executive Board; and, representing physicians, the vice president of Labor Relations for the Permanente Federation, Jim Pruitt.
In each Kaiser Permanente region (except the newest region, Washington), regional LMP councils set goals, support the work of unit-based teams and oversee partnership activities at the facility and regional level.
This structure preserves the autonomy, mission and obligations of both Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions.
Under the 2015 National Agreement, partnership performance is assessed at every level of the organization.
Labor Management Partnership provides an infrastructure for joint action and problem solving—but LMP is not “the unions” or “the company.” Partnership is a neutral space, where the unions and management engage to advance their common interests and better serve Kaiser Permanente members and patients.