KPSC-NUHW Psych-Social Workers Update

A message to our Psych-Social Workers from Annie Russell, RN, chief operating officer, Southern California Permanente Medical Group; Arlene Peasnall, senior vice president, Human Resources Consulting, National Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospitals; and Maryanne Malzone, interim senior vice president, Human Resources, Kaiser Permanente Southern California Health Plan and Hospitals:

Representatives from Kaiser Permanente and NUHW’s Psych-Social Workers met today, December 20, for their 14th bargaining session. Discussions centered on incentives, staffing and access, and wages.

Kaiser Permanente provided a counterproposal on wages that included a modification to its across the board wage increase. KP also countered NUHW’s “Staffing and Access” proposal received on December 5, suggesting that issues related to access and telehealth be addressed in the Regional Professional Practices Committee with the discussion of those issues to begin shortly after ratification of the contract.

NUHW rejected a modification to KP’s Home Care Incentive Plan offer that was presented. KP will have further internal conversations about the union’s concerns with the plan, and it will also review the union’s counterproposal to the Medical Social Services Incentive Plan.

Our next bargaining session is scheduled for January 3, 2019.

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