KPSC-NUHW Psych-Social Workers Update

January 4, 2019

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 unit met for their 15th bargaining session on Thursday, January 3.

Kaiser Permanente verbally offered a modification to Psych-Social employees’ health reimbursement account for those who retire after January 1, 2020. A written version of this proposal will be presented to the union at the next bargaining session scheduled for January 18.

Market data for wages regarding the psychologist and psychiatric social worker categories was presented to show the competitiveness of Kaiser Permanente’s wage proposals for these employee groups.

Kaiser Permanente is evaluating NUHW’s proposal to establish 2 new psychologist classifications – development psychologists and neuropsychologists. Also under review are proposals for psychiatric RNs. KP said it would respond at the next bargaining session on January 18.

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