We Are Organizing With UNAC/UHCP To Build Power
The Northern California Physician Assistants are building momentum to make a lasting change. It's time that PA voices are included on the issues that impact our practice. This is why we organized to join UNAC/UHCP.
Our value to Kaiser Permanente and our local communities is unmistakable. Yet, our benefits, pay and opportunities do not reflect our importance. Despite our unique and necessary role, our working conditions, pay structure, and clinical practice at Kaiser lag behind our professional peers outside of this organization.
Together, we can address issues such as:
Moving towards parity with other Advance Practice Providers, in terms of professional respect, well-being and remuneration,
Secure existing retirement and other benefits for current and future PAs at Kaiser facilities in Northern California,
Equal collaboration with management on operational strategies that impact our ability to provide excellent care for the members of Kaiser Permanente,
Create leadership pathways for Physician Assistants so that there is PA representation in decision-making that affects PA practice conditions.
WE HAVE JOINED UNAC/UHCP!
UNAC/UHCP represents more than 35,000 healthcare professionals throughout California and Hawaii, including, but not limited to, nurses, pharmacists, and the Southern California Kaiser Permanente Physician Assistants.
Since organizing, physician assistants there have secured better benefits and pay, removed barriers to providing quality health care, improved pay transparency, and ensured better working conditions to prevent burnout and loss of personnel.
We chose to organize with UNAC/UHCP, an organization of diverse and unified clinicians with a reputation for securing industry-leading wages, benefits and working conditions. Their bargaining success is due to the solidarity among Kaiser healthcare professionals and the collaborative process that is the labor-management partnership.
Hear Our Story
Pete Nedresky, PA
Over my 20 years at Kaiser, I have seen how our professional practice has grown. While we are critical to many areas in the current patient care model, we have little to no voice in our practice standards. There is no consistency in several key areas that are important to us, including pay practices, PTO utilization, roles and responsibilities. This leaves us vulnerable. We are also lagging significantly behind other represented advanced practitioners in these areas. By joining UNAC/UHCP, we will have a unique opportunity to unite, solidify and effectively shape our future within the organization.
Arezou Mansourian, PA
"Kaiser’s success in patient care is due in large in part to the PAs, one of the main pillars of our health care system. PAs are currently unrepresented; No one speaks for us or asks us what we want. While we appreciate our administrators and doctors/surgeons, by joining UNAC/UHCP, we can bargain ourselves to ensure that the value we bring to Kaiser is reflected in our compensation, benefits, and working conditions. We deserve to play an active role in the decision-making process which affects every aspect of our careers and enhances patient care."
Ross Madden, PA
“Physician assistants continue to lag behind other advanced practitioners in pay for the same work. This wage gap is getting wider. PAs may be hired based on a certain agreement, but Kaiser management can change it without our permission, and change our day-to-day work, too. Even though some of us may have great relationships with our managers, we must remember that with just one boss, everything can change. PAs need to be able to speak up in order to negotiate a contract that is good for all of us, for Kaiser, and for our patients.”
Next Steps: Bargaining to improve OUR PA profession.