Emergency Room / Urgent Care - Extra Shift Incentives

June 21, 2022 

The Kaiser Permanente Southern California Region is experiencing a high Operating Room patient census resulting in an increased demand for related staffing as a result of COVID-19 impacts. Faced with this challenge, Kaiser Foundation Hospital ("KFH") leadership and USW- 7600 agreed to temporarily offer an "Extra Shift Incentive" to induce employees in the following specified SCPMG classifications to work extra shifts under SCPMG in the Urgent Care and Emergency Departments as specifically listed below: 

USW LOCAL 7600 LEADERSHIP CONTINUES TO URGE KP TO EXPAND INCENTIVES FOR MORE CLASSIFICATIONS AMIDST THIS UNPRECEDENTED STAFFING & COVID-19 CRISIS.

Job TitleJob Code
Emergency Room TECH 46770
Emergency Care Assist 24929
Medical Assistant II 36320
LVN - Outpatient30135
Medical Assistant I30164
LVN - Outpatient (IV CERT)30916

The specifics of the "Extra Shift Incentive" are as set forth below:

1. An additional shift is defined as hours worked in the care of patients that is in excess of 36 hours in one work week for 0.9 FTE staff and in excess of 40 hours in one work week for 1.0 FTE staff. If the staff member is routinely scheduled for four 12 hour shifts in one week ( 1.05 FTE), the additional shift definition for that week would be hours worked in the care of patients that is in excess of 48 hours. ln addition, for part-time staff, a minimum of 24 hours must first be worked in the work week before being eligible for the incentive. Nonproductive hours do not count toward eligibility. All scheduled shifts in place at the time of the agreement's effective date may be eligible if all other criteria of the agreement are met. 

2. Employee's in identified aforementioned classifications who sign up for and are needed to work additional shifts, for which they are not regularly scheduled, will be eligible to receive an incentive payment for each additional shift worked as follows:

• $100.00 for each additional 4-hour shift
• $200.00 for each additional 8-hour shift
• $250.00 for each additional 10-hour shift
• $300.00 for each additional 12-hour shift

3. The Extra Shift Incentive is in addition to applicable overtime and differential provisions as may be required by law and/or as set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The "Extra Shift Incentive" will be in effect from 7:00 a.m. on June 29, 2022, until 7:00 a.m., on August 31, 2022. Any extension of the "Extra Shift Incentive" beyond the aforementioned time period must be made by mutual agreement between the parties.

4. Once an employee's extra shift has been confirmed on the work schedule, the employee cannot be canceled.

5. If the employee calls in sick or takes an educational day for one of their regularly scheduled shifts in a week where they are also scheduled for an "Extra Shift Incentive" shift, they will no longer be eligible for the incentive. Staff are free to seek approval from their manager to cancel education time so that they may work their regular shift(s) if available or make themselves available for extra shifts.