Team-Tested Practices

Training Workers to Go Green

Frontline workers are getting training in green practices thanks to Kaiser Permanente and two Workforce Planning and Development trust funds. At Los Angeles Medical Center, 350 Environmental Services workers represented by SEIU-UHW are putting that training to work. The result: lower operating costs, improved workplace safety and happier employees.

Here's What Worked

  • Negotiating education funding as part of the national agreements between Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions
  • Carving out time for workers to attend classes in how to reduce waste and use non-toxic cleaning products
  • Mobilizing environmental services workers to educate other KP employees and managers about green practices in a variety of departments

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