March 28, 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:
On Tuesday, March 26, we held the 19th bargaining session between Kaiser Permanente and NUHW’s Psych-Social Chapter. As previously agreed to by labor and management, Tom Schneider, an outside consultant from a company called RAI, served as the session’s facilitator. Also in attendance was NUHW president, Sal Rosselli. The meeting, which began on a positive note, ended abruptly with the unexpected departure of the union delegation.
This session concentrated on continuing to outline parameters agreed to during the March 15 meeting to create a Psychotherapy Model of Care and Innovation Collaborative. A subgroup of management and union representatives met offline on two occasions following the March 15 meeting to produce a joint proposal to be approved by the full union and management committees at the March 26 session.
The NUHW team agreed in principle to the proposal and viewed the creation of the Collaborative as a very positive development. After the union took a lengthy caucus, KP was informed that the union would not agree to the Collaborative proposal unless the same terms were offered and accepted by the Northern California Region KP-NUHW bargaining teams. KP requested an explanation of this new demand from the subgroup’s union members and requested to bring the parties back together. It was at this point that KP learned the NUHW team had left the building without explanation or advisement to the KP team.
Our next scheduled session is April 14.