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Healing Together
The Labor-Management Partnership at Kaiser Permanente
Thomas A. Kochan; Adrienne E. Eaton; Robert B. McKersie; Paul S. Adler


Paper, 2009 ISBN: 978-0-8014-7546-7
$ 24.95   £18.95

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. They conclude with an assessment of the Kaiser partnership's effect on the larger health care system and its implications for labor-management relations in other industries.

About the Author
Thomas A. Kochan is George M. Bunker Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. He is the author, coauthor, or editor of several books, including Up in the Air, also from Cornell. Adrienne E. Eaton is Professor of Labor Studies and Employment Relations at the School of Management and Labor Relations, Rutgers University-The State University of New Jersey. She is the coeditor of Employment Dispute Resolution and Worker Rights in the Changing Workplace, also available from Cornell. Robert B. McKersie is Professor Emeritus at the MIT Sloan School of Management. His many books include Strategic Negotiations, also from Cornell. Paul S. Adler is Professor of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, Los Angeles. He is the coeditor most recently of The Firm as a Collaborative Community.

Subject Areas
Industrial and Labor Relations
Health Care Professions & Policy
Business Management & Human Resources