UPSC Bargaining Update: May 18, 2021

Bargaining Update: May 18, 2021

Our UPSC bargaining team met with Kaiser Permanente today to kick off 2021 local bargaining. While negotiations this week were limited to introductory conversations, we are preparing to bargain intensely over the next two months.

The process when we negotiate our local agreements that impact our affiliate-specific work is very different than for National Bargaining which is occurring at the same time this summer.

The following issues are those that our UPSC bargaining team submitted for consideration during this bargaining process. Please see the Bargaining 101 information below for more on how the bargaining process will work.

  • Education
  • Earned time off and vacation bidding
  • Hours of work
  • Job posting and filling of vacancies
  • Pharmacist vacancies
  • Rotation schedules
  • Differential and premium pay
  • Wage grid
  • Working managers
  • Temporary positions

📅 Next local UPSC bargaining session: May 27, 2021

Bargaining 101

While our national bargaining team continues to negotiate a new national agreement, we also have our own affiliate bargaining team going to the table to negotiate a new local agreement, addressing aspects of our working conditions that directly affect only us.

A few things to remember about this process:

Our bargaining team will negotiate with management as equals. Our team will make all final decisions through a consensus process that will mean each issue and potential resolution is weighed against what is best for the majority of the UPSC membership, present and future.

No agreement is final until we vote yes to approve it. Once our team wins a strong tentative agreement, they’ll bring it to our full membership for ratification when we vote on a new National Agreement. Before we vote, we’ll have a chance to read the entire TA, discuss it, ask questions, and deliberate. A majority of us must vote yes to approve it or the TA will not take effect.

A contract is a negotiation. Because both sides are equal in bargaining and both sides must agree to the result, neither party will get everything they want. That’s the nature of negotiations. Our power is that nothing enters the contract unless our bargaining team agrees to it and a majority of our membership votes to approve it.

Our power comes from unity. The key to winning a strong contract is always member unity. When we stand strong with our team, management will see that. When we stand together, we win.

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