Kaiser Permanente is the largest managed care organization in
the country. It also happens to have the largest and most complex
labor-management partnership ever created in the United States.
This book tells the story of that partnership-how it started, how
it grew, who made it happen, and the lessons to be learned from its
successes and complications. With twenty-seven unions and an
organization as complex as 8.6-million-member Kaiser Permanente,
establishing the partnership was not a simple task and maintaining
it has proven to be extraordinarily challenging.
Thomas A. Kochan, Adrienne E. Eaton, Robert B. McKersie, and
Paul S. Adler are among a team of researchers who have been
tracking the evolution of the partnership between Kaiser Permanente
and the Coalition of Kaiser Permanente Unions ever since 2001. They
review the history of health care labor relations and present a
profile of Kaiser Permanente as it has developed over the years.
They then delve into the partnership, discussing its achievements
and struggles, including the negotiation of the most innovative
collective bargaining agreements in the history of American labor
relations. Healing Together concludes with an assessment
of the Kaiser partnership's effect on the larger health care system
and its implications for labor-management relations in other
Subjects: Health Sciences
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