February 12, 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:
At the 17th bargaining session held today, February 12, Kaiser Permanente proposed a counter to NUHW’s “Staffing and Access” proposals that provided for a new Regional Health Access Committee to develop ways to meet key organizational mental health access objectives. This proposed 12-member group would meet on a quarterly basis and include an equal number of NUHW and KP representatives. The union indicated it would consider the proposal.
Today’s discussions also included the creation of a new job classification, an incentive program, overtime pay, and tuition reimbursement. Negotiations for all these topics are expected to continue at the next bargaining session.
KP proposed engaging the support of a third party to assist with advancing bargaining. NUHW agreed and both sides will take steps to plan how and when this process will occur.
Two bargaining dates have been suggested: March 15, which is tentatively scheduled, and March 26, which is confirmed.