Congratulations! We showed what Union solidarity looks like. Because we raised our voices—50,000-strong in the Southern California region—each full-time Coalition union-represented employee will receive upwards to $900 in a special payment in lieu of the 2015 Performance Sharing Program (PSP) bonus.
This is a much better solution than the employer’s original offer of a special payment of $215 dollars per employee in lieu of the payout for the PSP—which we bargained in the National Agreement to recognize and reward the hard work that our frontline workers put into KP’s growth and reputation for excellent care and service.
In the next Friday paycheck, April 29, 2016, the employer will make a one-time payment of:
$900 for employees who work 1800 or more eligible hours in a year
$500 for employees who work 500 to 1,799 eligible hours
$250 for (per-diem) employees who work less than 500 eligible hours
You didn’t hesitate, through petitions, stickers, letters and calls, to send the message that you contributed to Kaiser’s 2015 successes. For almost 20 years, the members of the Coalition Unions and Local 770, have stuck together to win industry-leading wages and benefits—as well as maintain the best workplace and the best care. Thank you for stepping up and speaking out, just like you do each day on behalf of Kaiser Permanente members and patients.
On March 28th, UFCW and the Coalition of affected unions met again with Kaiser regarding the PSP bonus issue. Kaiser’s latest offer to our members was $500. We rejected their offer and told them that their offer did not reward our members appropriately for their 2015 performance – while other non-represented members and some departments of management did receive their bonus for their their performance.
UFCW remains determined to achieve a FAIR performance payout for our union members. The idea behind the performance payout is simple. We work hard, our organization is remarkably successful, and we should all share fairly in that success.
We worked very hard every day of 2015, helping our region achieve:
• A whopping $564 million operating margin
• Even greater success in service and quality than in 2014
• All while we served more members than ever before.
We did our part, and now management has to do their part. It’s not complicated.
To win a fair performance payout, we need to keep sharing our message. We have developed an escalation plan to continue to put pressure on Kaiser to fairly compensate our members for the work they have done. We will be communicating the details of that plan shortly.
In the meantime, stay strong, stay united and spread this message broadly.
Tell Kaiser, it’s time to recognize our contributions and give us 100% of our PSP bonus! Stop Corporate greed.
Tell Kaiser it’s Time to Do Their Part!
Kaiser management has said SoCal employees will not receive a Performance Sharing Program payout. Why? Management says the region missed a budget goal, yet Kaiser had a successful year. We’ve done our part. It’s time for Kaiser to do their part!
On Monday, March 14th hundreds of union members, leaders, and activists met in Sacramento to plan and execute a shared agenda to raise standards for all working people in California. The conference is organized by The California Labor Federation and the California State Building and Construction Trades Council. The conference theme: Union Strong. In California, Union Strong means a path to the middle class and the American Dream for all.
UFCW Locals from across the state attended the conference. This annual conference featured speeches and legislative briefings by elected officials and leaders on key issues facing working people on Monday and a Union Strong Lobby Day on Tuesday to champion new laws that are not only important to labor but will improve the lives and working conditions for workers across the state.
UFCW launched 2 new Spanish-language ads during Wednesday night’s Democratic debate on Univision. The ads feature UFCW members and focus on immigration, encouragement to become naturalized U.S. citizens, registering to vote and turning out to vote in elections.
“UFCW International President Marc Perrone explained the members featured in the video represent voices that must be heard especially during a time when the union members have been “politically” scapegoated and demonized.”
South Coast Safe Access is Orange County’s first licensed medical marijuana dispensary to unionize, offering benefits to workers.
The negotiated contract provides employees minimum starting pay of $13.50 an hour, health benefits, vacation and paid pension contributions.
The dispensary started negotiating with UFCW Local 324 after Governor Jerry Brown signed the Medical Marijuana Regulation and Safety Act in October. One of the act’s provisions requires marijuana business owners with 20 or more workers to sign agreements saying they won’t block unionization.
Assemblymember Anthony Rendon was sworn in on Wednesday, March 7, 2016, as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly.
During his speech, he outlined three of his legislative priorities — poverty, legislative oversight and voter engagement. We look forward to continuing to work with Speaker Rendon on progressive legislation that helps lift working families.
Speaker Rendon represents the 63rd Assembly District in Southeast Los Angeles County.
The United Food and Commercial Workers Western States Council is the regional coordinating body of 11 UFCW local unions representing over 200,000 workers in California, Arizona, Nevada and Utah. The Council is a part of the 1.2 million member strong UFCW International Union. UFCW Members are standing together to improve the lives of workers, families and communities.