Letter From KP to NUHW-Represented Therapists, Health Care Professionals

The following letter was sent to Ralph Cornejo and Kaiser Permanente Southern California employees represented by the NUHW Psych-Social chapter and the Healthcare Professionals unit on May 12 in response to a letter he delivered on behalf of a group of NUHW therapists and health care professionals.

May 12, 2015

Mr. Ralph Cornejo
5801 Christie Ave., Suite 525
Emeryville, CA 94608

Dear Ralph:

We are responding to your email to Benjamin Chu, MD, and Ed Ellison, MD, that included a letter signed by a group of Kaiser Permanente health care professionals and therapists. You asked in your email what we think about the health care professionals’ and therapists’ belief that they and Kaiser Permanente can still have a respectful, productive, and collaborative relationship. We reiterate, on behalf of Dr. Chu and Dr. Ellison, that we share that belief. It indeed is time for us to move forward in a collaborative and fruitful relationship.

We have engaged in good faith bargaining with the health care professionals and therapists and have in no way sought to retaliate against anyone. Kaiser Permanente never has, and never will, retaliate against any employee for bringing forward concerns. We take all concerns brought to our attention seriously and investigate them thoroughly, and take action when needed. We want our health care professionals and therapists to be assured that we sincerely welcome and appreciate their participation and expertise as we move forward in our plans to maintain and improve care for our members, patients, and the community.

We were disappointed that the recent bargaining sessions for each of the bargaining units were canceled. While we have communicated our final position to the union, we remain committed to reaching an agreement that is good for the health care workers and therapists, as well as our members and patients. We remain open to bargaining with the union and encourage you to come back to the bargaining table.

Thank you,

Arlene F. Peasnall, senior vice president, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente Southern California
Judy White, chief operating officer, Southern California Permanente Medical Group

cc: NUHW-Psych-Social Chapter and NUHW-Healthcare Professionals Unit