This round of National Agreement negotiations is unique:
- Previous staffing problems have become full-blown crisis since the pandemic
- Facing record inflation
In the past 18 months, the last 4 rounds of negotiations between KP and non-coalition unions have resulted in strike notices or strikes. Last month, a majority of Coalition union members signed our Open Letter calling on KP to use the upcoming negotiations to solve the staffing crisis and we delivered them to KP management. No surprise, KP's response was practically non-existent; no real commitment given or action was taken Nationwide, 11 of the top 20 spenders on temporary contract laborers were California Kaiser Permanente Thrive hospitals. That’s hundreds of millions of dollars that could have been spent investing in their permanent workforce!
We have to get louder and stronger -- we need to show our faces, show we are more than just names or numbers on paper. This is just a step in our bigger plan to build the labor power we need for national bargaining.