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Kaiser Permanente’s historic labor-management deal survives again


Retrieved from United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals on November 04, 2021 Kaiser Permanente’s tentative deal with labor leaders means the health system’s historic labor-management partnership survives another pivotal moment in the group’s history. Still, it’s in a fragile state, according to some union officials and workers.

What they perceive as a slow crumble of the labor-management partnership is a major reason behind the authorized strike in the first place. Kaiser Permanente in southern California recently averted a major crisis, as the agreement avoided an open-ended strike that was set to begin Nov. 15, with as many as 28,400 workers expected to walk off the job in what would have been the largest strike in the U.S. this year.

“I think the deterioration of the partnership and how it functions, and how it was functioning, [was] a major contributor” to the tense relations that almost resulted in a strike, Peter diCiccio, one of the key architects behind the labor-management partnership, told Healthcare Dive, though he said there are likely other contributing factors.

Labor experts at the time called the formation of the partnership a significant event for labor relations. In 1997, the pact was considered “one of the most […]

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