Through the LMP, ESC Local is 20 signatories to a national agreement (2015 and 2019) negotiated with the power of more than 105,000 coalition members to set wage increases and social benefits and detail the joint work of the partnership. In addition, ESC Local negotiates 20 local agreements for our four different bargaining units and their unique needs. Kaiser Permanente and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions have reached a four-year interim collective agreement that includes 67,000 unionized permanent Kaiser workers in California and approximately 20,000 additional employees in six other states, including Washington, D.C. The coalition of permanent Emperors consists of 11 local unions from three international unions. The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which has been negotiating for more than a year with Kaiser to improve the staffing shortage of psychiatric professionals in northern and southern California, which impacts patient access to care, is not included. The provisional agreement reached on September 24 provides for the provision of 3% annual increases in employees` salaries and full pension protection for current and future employees, according to the two companies. It is now a ratification at the union and, according to the union, the vote is expected to be completed by the end of next month. The provisional agreement also includes what both sides say is a joint effort to re-establish a partnership between workers and management. As a result, Kaiser will commit to investing $130 million to fund a staff development program that will address the persistent shortage of health workforce, improving technology around patient care, and banning the outsourcing or outsourcing of jobs in the health sector. The provisional agreement would avoid a nationwide strike that was due to begin on October 14. The employees` national contract expired on September 30, 2018, and in December, “the National Labor Relations Board accused Kaiser Permanente of not negotiating in good faith,” the union said in its September 16, 2019 press release announcing the proposed national strike in October. “This agreement will allow us to rebuild the partnership between workers and management, which was so important to all of us to make Kaiser a success over the past 20 years,” said Georgette Bradford, UHW member and ultrasound technician at Kaiser in Sacramento.
“Reaching an agreement wasn`t easy, there were a lot of twists and turns, but in the end we got what we had planned – an agreement that was good for patients, workers and our communities.” Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions: For more information on local agreements of coalition unions, including expiration dates, see the 2015 National Agreement, Appendix 3.D. . . .
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