Kaiser Bargaining Update: May 8, 2018

Kaiser management met with leaders from most Kaiser unions on Monday, and we were there on behalf of SEIU-UHW.

From that meeting, it’s clear Kaiser is walking away from Partnership as we know it. They want more power to automate, relocate and outsource jobs, and roll back their job security commitments to Kaiser employees to maintain jobs. In addition, Kaiser said they will refuse to negotiate a new National Agreement, leaving each union to bargain their own local agreement (ours remains in place through September 30, 2019 and protects our wages and benefits).

The level of arrogance and contempt from Kaiser leadership in the meeting was palpable. There is no Partnership in Kaiser’s mind, and the image they are trying to present to the world is completely false.

Kaiser’s idea of “Partnership” is more like a Dictatorship. SEIU-UHW and our Coalition allies will not stand for this.

We were so encouraged by the unity and collaboration of the other Coalition members. There’s no doubt in our minds that we are united as 85,000 caregivers and will act as one when it comes to Kaiser. And we are confident that we will ultimately secure a new contract that we can all be proud of.

We’ve posted a document Kaiser gave us at the meeting, where they detail how they want to re-shape the Partnership in a way that union power is restricted so that jobs can be put at risk in the name of “efficiency”, “technology” and “change.” If you haven’t already, watch this video of your co-workers speaking up on how outsourcing will affect them. In just a few days, over 170,00 people have viewed it on Facebook, and we want that number to keep growing—so share it on your own social media.

We’re preparing to file charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Kaiser over this behavior. Now, more than ever, we need to stay united and strong across our facilities and unions. If you haven’t made it out to one of our pickets yet this month, get in touch with your SEIU-UHW leader right away to make sure you can attend the next one. Our ability to protect our jobs and speak up for our patients depends on it.

In unity,

Georgette Bradford

Kaiser Sacramento

SEIU-UHW Executive Committee


Verna Hampton

Kaiser West Los Angeles

SEIU-UHW Executive Committee

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