April 1, 2019
A message to our Healthcare Professionals 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.
The 15th bargaining session between Kaiser Permanente and NUHW’s Healthcare Professionals unit occurred on Wednesday, March 27.
The parties signed a tentative agreement regarding tuition reimbursement; this will increase the amount of the total annual reimbursement that can be allocated to travel and lodging expenses. Kaiser Permanente proposed an increase in the Employer match for the Defined Contribution retirement plan and is awaiting the Union’s response.
NUHW reiterated their position concerning the importance of their proposed increase in bilingual pay for Speech Therapists and adding a 15-year longevity step for all Health Care Professionals’ classifications.
The union also agreed to clarify by the next bargaining session a previously submitted proposal regarding career ladders.
The next confirmed meeting date is April 16.