LOS ANGELES (CN) – The National Labor Relations Board claims that Kaiser Permanente changed the terms of its labor contracts without collective bargaining, cheating employees of benefits due them. In its federal complaint, the NLRB claims Kaiser changed the terms of employment for employees in its Healthcare Professionals Unit, its Psych-Social Chapter Unit and its AFN Unit by refusing to provide tuition-reimbursement benefits, not providing time for monthly shop steward training and development and not granting pay raises.
All of these are mandatory under the collective bargaining agreement, the complaint states.
“Unless a temporary injunction is granted, it can be fairly anticipated that employee support will continue to erode because of respondents’ onerous changes in critical terms and conditions of employment,” the NLRB says.
The hospital workers’ union, the National Union of Healthcare Workers, claims that without an injunction its members will be forced to bargain from a position of weakness and that such changes will continue, at the whim.
The NLRB seeks a cease and desist order for Kaiser’s refusal to bargain collectively with the union, restoration of the benefits and conditions Kaiser took away, and an injunction.
The defendants are Southern California Permanente Medical Group and Kaiser Foundation Hospitals.