Partnership Reaffirmation Process Launched
As we acknowledge our 20th anniversary, the labor, management and physician leaders of our Labor Management Partnership have begun a partnership “reaffirmation” process. At the Union Delegate Conference in August, Kaiser Foundation Chairman and CEO Bernard J. Tyson said he sees reaffirmation as the next step in the life of a successful partnership.
“I’m convinced that Kaiser Permanente, our workforce, and members and patients are better off today than we would have been if we’d not partnered together,” he said. “I’m honored that we have a Labor Management Partnership that is so admired in our industry.”
This is the second reaffirmation process for the partnership. In 2002, when LMP was just five years old, leaders from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and Kaiser Permanente gathered to examine what they had accomplished, where they had fallen short and how they could ensure that the partnership became even more relevant and effective.
Their report, Labor Management Partnership Vision: Reaffirmations and Understandings, identified seven principles that continue to guide LMP today. It also highlighted shortfalls at that time—which today reveal the progress that has been made in areas like performance improvement and partnership infrastructure. It also makes it clear where there were gaps that still need to be addressed.
On Sept. 14, the executive committee of the LMP Strategy Group—which is made up of management and medical group leaders, and leaders representing the coalition, including SEIU, OPEIU, UFCW, UNAC/UHCP and KPNAA representatives—met and reached consensus on the reaffirmation process. To begin, facilitators will interview labor, management and physician leaders. Leaders aim to meet again in the near future to review the findings and decide how to move forward.
We’ll keep you updated as the reaffirmation process develops.