April 12, 2021

International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 28, AFL-CIO Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), Local 2 The general concept behind all this is teamwork – a new word when it comes to hospital and professional relations. We have really reached a new era in health care when an agreement like this serves as a national model for hospital management working relationships. This agreement will potentially reduce tensions between the two groups, define common goals on which the two groups can cooperate instead of distinguishing themselves from each other and fostering good dialogue instead of negativity. In fact, it`s something to celebrate. “This agreement will allow us to rebuild the collaboration that is so important to all of us in work management to enable Kaiser to succeed over the past 20 years,” said Georgette Bradford, a SEIU-UHW member and ultrasound specialist at Kaiser in Sacramento. “It wasn`t easy to come to an agreement, there were a lot of twists and turns, but in the end, we got what we had to do, to reach an agreement that was good for patients, workers and our communities.” “We respect and value our people who do our mission every day,” says Arlene Peasnall, Acting Chief Human Resources Officer, Kaiser Permanent Health Plan and Hospitals. “This agreement demonstrates the compassion and skill these collaborators bring every day and shows that the Permanent Emperor and the coalition have a common commitment to the affordability of our members. The coalition of the emperor`s permanent trade unions is made up of 11 local unions from 3 international trade unions. It includes IFPTE (International Federation of Professional and Technical Engineers) Local 20, OPEIU (Office and Professional Employees International Union) Local 29, OPEIU Local 30, OPEIU Local 50/Hawaii Nurses Association, OPEIU Local 2, OPEIU Local 8, SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Local 49, SEIU-UHW (SEIU United Healthcare Workers West), SEIU Local 121RN, SEIU Local 105 and SEIU 1199W. Service Employees` International Union, Local 105, AFL-CIO Le the new agreement is for the creation of a $100 million joint interest representation committee to promote improvements to the health care system that could not be achieved through direct negotiations between employers and unions. One of the main objectives of this relationship is to stabilize the California health safety network.

The agreement also provides for a code of conduct that regulates discussions between union representatives and hospital staff, eliminating the negative campaigns and relentless attacks that have prevailed in the past.

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