The Kaiser Permanente Nurses Union Contract 2020: What You Need to Know
Kaiser Permanente, one of the largest nonprofit health plans in the United States, recently reached a new contract agreement with the California Nurses Association (CNA) and National Nurses United (NNU). The agreement, which covers more than 13,000 nurses across California, includes a number of key provisions that will affect both nurses and patients.
One of the most significant changes in the new contract is an increase in staffing levels. Under the agreement, Kaiser must hire hundreds of additional nurses to help alleviate the current workload on existing staff. This is a critical issue for nurses, who have long complained that they are overworked and that patient care is suffering as a result.
The contract also includes important provisions related to wages and benefits. Nurses will receive pay increases of up to 4% over the next three years, along with additional bonuses and incentives for working in high-need areas. The contract also includes improved health care benefits for both nurses and their families.
In addition to these changes, the new contract includes language related to workplace safety and protection for nurses who report incidents of violence or harassment. Nurses will receive additional training on how to identify and report these incidents, and Kaiser will be required to take action to prevent future occurrences.
Overall, the new contract between Kaiser and the CNA is a significant step forward for nurses and patients alike. By increasing staffing levels, improving wages and benefits, and prioritizing workplace safety, the agreement will help ensure that nurses are able to provide high-quality care to their patients. It is also a testament to the power of collective bargaining and the importance of unions in the healthcare industry.
As nurses across California begin to benefit from the new contract, it is important to remember that there is still much work to be done. Nurses and their unions must continue to push for additional changes that will help improve patient care and ensure that healthcare providers are treated fairly and with respect. With continued advocacy and cooperation, we can build a brighter future for nurses and patients alike.