Symposium: Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership

Source: Industrial Relations, Volume 47 Issue 1, January 2008
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Introduction to a Symposium on the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership by Thomas A. Kochan

In 1997 Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest private integrated health insurance and health care delivery organization, and a coalition of ten national and thirty local unions signed an agreement to create a labor management partnership. Over the past decade it has grown to become the largest, and as will be described in the papers in this symposium, the most ambitious labor management partnership in the history of U.S. labor relations. Since 2000 our research team has studied the partnership through interviews, surveys, case studies of specific projects, and participant observation of national contract negotiations. The papers presented in this symposium report on three aspects of our research that capture critical challenges and opportunities facing labor, management, and government policy makers today.

Balancing Acts: Dynamics of a Union Coalition in a Labor Management Partnership by Adrienne E. Eaton, Saul A. Rubinstein and Thomas A. Kochan

The Potential and Precariousness of Partnership: The Case of the Kaiser Permanente Labor Management Partnership by Thomas A. Kochan, Paul S. Adler, Robert B. McKersie, Adrienne E. Eaton, Phyllis Segal and Paul Gerhart

Bargaining Theory Meets Interest-Based Negotiations: A Case Study by Robert B. McKersie, Teresa Sharpe, Thomas A. Kochan, Adrienne E. Eaton, George Strauss and Marty Morgenstern.

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