Happy New Year! We are working hard to get your contract implemented, get you signed up so you can get all the benefits of membership, and start the process of shop steward selection and training. Full updates on these issues are below, if you have any questions, please reach out to Mike Wilson at 301-459-3400 x 283 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We do not have a date yet from KP on when the 5% pay increase and premium pay will be on your paychecks. We can assure everyone that when that happens, it will be retroactive to the first pay period after the contract was ratified (the pay period that started on November 19, 2022). We will keep you updated as we learn more about the timeline.
If you have any issues or questions with other parts of the new contract that are not being followed, please contact Mike Wilson at 301-459-3400 x 283 or email@example.com.
Schedule Changes in DCSM
Kaiser Permanente management is attempting to make changes to many of your schedules impacting when you take your breaks, how long you are required to stay, and for many, your days and hours of work. While Kaiser has the right to make schedule changes, your collective bargaining agreement also gives you the right to flexible schedules.
We have been conducting initial meetings with KP management about these changes and their impact and have also filed both individual grievances for those impacted and class action grievances to make sure we cover everyone. With some of these changes already showing up on your schedule templates for the end of this month and into February and March, we are working as quickly as we can to come to a resolution on this and will keep you updated on our progress.
Our contract gives us two shop stewards per service area, so two for DCSM and two for NOVA. Please send your nominations for shop steward (you can nominate yourself) to firstname.lastname@example.org so we can begin the process of selecting and appointing stewards.
Our contract also provides for the establishment of a Council/Staffing/Workload Committee to meet with management to discuss a number of issues related to staffing, workload, and schedules. Up to eight members can be on this committee. Please send your nominations for this committee (you can nominate someone or yourself, for shop steward and/or the committee) to email@example.com so we can begin the process of selecting committee members. The goal is for the committee to have its first meeting in April.
Signing Up for the Union
It is important that everyone sign up for the Union. This will get you access to all membership benefits, make sure we have your correct contact information, and also start membership fee deductions. As has been shared, membership fees are $45.67/month for full time and $35.67/month for part time (anything less than 40 hours or 1.0 FTE). We are working on a way for everyone to sign up electronically, and you will get a text or email with a link to do so shortly.
Again, if you have any other questions or concerns, reach out to your Union representative, Mike Wilson at 301-459-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.