Members Make Contract Strides at St. Francis, Kaiser – September 15, 2008
UNAC/UHCP members are making terrific strides in contract negotiations. The bargaining team from the St. Francis Registered Nurses Association won a strong new contract that includes across-the-board wage increases, new resources to help nurses further upgrade their skills and education, and the creation of a new category rewarding nurses who earn a master's degree. SFRNA members ratified the three-year agreement on September 9.
Meanwhile, negotiators from the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions and Kaiser reached a tentative agreement on the re-opener of the 2005 National Agreement. Delegates from the Coalition Unions voted on September 13 to enthusiastically recommend ratification of the pact. It includes improvement in across-the-board wages and retiree medical benefits, the two topics subject to bargaining during the re-opener. UNAC/UHCP members will receive more details about the tentative agreement in the mail shortly, along with a ballot. They are asked to return their ballots by September 27.
These agreements reflect the hard work and dedication UNAC/UHCP members show their patients everyday.