There is no health plan in the country with more positive relationship with working people and the organizations that represent them than Kaiser Permanente. As KP celebrates 70 years of being a public health plan, learn about the organization's rich history and that of its unions.
Bernard Tyson, KP chairman and CEO, on how unions help create KP's culture of openness.
Pete diCicco, the founding executive director of the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions, recalls the critical decision that led to the creation of the Labor Management Partnership.
Henrietta, Hank's resident columnist, on the bold move Henry J. Kaiser made when he opened the health plan to the public.
When did your region become part of Kaiser Permanente? Take a look at how the organization expanded.
Generations of Caregivers and Union Activists
Good employers have loyal employees--and it's not uncommon to find KP workers who are third or fourth generation of their family to work here. Many of them are also loyal, vocal union members. Read some of their stories:
KP's first facility in Southern California was built to care for Kaiser steelworkers--and some employees' families have been working in Fontana just about ever since.
With more than 100 years of KP and labor movement experience, the King family members in the Mid-Atlantic States carry on a tradition of using their voices for others.
Mother and daughter are both KP employees and SEIU Local 49 members in the Northwest—will the next generation follow in their footsteps?
A nurse, a physician’s assistant, an ergonomics consultant and three more all have been proud KP employees.
KP helped Isabelle Serapion in Hawaii become a nurse—and her daughter followed in her footsteps.
He’s on a new career track now in Georgia; she’s moved on, but still uses partnership ideas.
The advantages of working for KP have made several members of this Northern California family long-term employees.
More than five decades after her great-grandmother worked for Kaiser Permanente in Southern California, Danielle Layton is an advocate for partnership and UBTs.
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