ESC Local 20 represents more than 1,700 Clinical Lab Scientists and Medical Laboratory Technicians, Optometrists and Optometric Assistants, Genetic Counselors and Coordinators, and Home Health Physical, Speech, and Occupational Therapists at Northern California Kaiser Permanente Facilities. As a member of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, ESC Local 20 actively participates in the Labor-Management Partnership.
Clinical Lab Scientists, Medical Laboratory Technicians, Genetic Counselors and Genetic Coordinators are part of our Union’s Medical Professionals Unit.
Optometrists and Optometric Assistants are part of our Union’s Optometry Unit.
CKPU Labor Day 2022
The Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions honors frontline workers’ continued contributions to patients this Labor Day in the face of a severe staffing crisis. On the eve of the 25th anniversary of the historic Labor Management Partnership, Kaiser Permanente faces record attrition and vacancies, jeopardizing the patient care experience.
The Coalition calls on Kaiser to address the healthcare worker staffing crisis and treat it as the patient care emergency that it is. Please click here for full letter.
Guidance for ESC Local 20 Members - 2022 NUHW Strike Actions at Kaiser
As you may know, beginning August 15, Kaiser Permanente mental health clinicians represented by NUHW started an open-ended strike at Kaiser facilities across Northern California. Nearly 2,000 psychologists, therapists, social workers, psychiatric nurses, and addiction medicine specialists — along with other medical professionals — will stage pickets outside facilities from Sacramento to Fresno.
ESC Local 20 stands in support of workers in their fight for a contract. The purpose of this guidance is to provide information you need to know as an ESC Local 20 member on how you can support NUHW. Please see guidance here
Through the LMP, ESC Local 20 is a signatory to a National Agreement (2015 and 2019) that is bargained with the power of 80,000+ members of the Coalition to set wage increases, benefits, and detail the collaborative work of the Partnership. Additionally, ESC Local 20 negotiates local agreements for our four distinct bargaining units and their unique needs.
As a member of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, ESC Local 20 members can apply for a stipend for education and training programs, including continuing education requirements. The stipend includes up to 8 hours a week of paid time off and up to $16,000 per employee (lifetime benefit).