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Alliance Unions Win Extension of COVID-19 Benefits, PSP Decision Expected Soon

After weeks of discussions with KP leaders, we are pleased to announce Alliance members will continue to receive COVID-19 sick leave and childcare benefits through the first quarter of next year.

Today, our Executive Board met with KP management and learned KP has accepted Alliance proposals to extend childcare and leave benefits and refresh COVID-19 leave.

With the extension of these benefits, KP continues its industry-leading role, thanks to the strength of our unions and our partnership.

The Executive Board and KP also discussed our proposal to pay PSP bonuses at 100%. If regional, service area, or individual payments are above 100%, the higher bonus will be paid out. KP is finalizing its response and expects a formal announcement in the coming days. We are optimistic about our proposal and will update you as we learn more.

COVID-19 Sick Leave Benefits

With the resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the Alliance has been calling on KP to extend COVID-19 benefits through the first quarter of next year. The COVID-19 sick leave benefits were set to expire on December 31 and have now been extended to March 31, 2021. In particular, the Alliance had called on KP to refresh sick leave for individuals who have previously used the benefit. KP is providing up to 80 hours of sick leave to refresh on January 1, 2021. Unused hours in 2020 will not roll over. The sick leave benefit eligibility ends March 31, with benefits to be used by April 30, 2021. The eligibility and other details of the benefit remain the same and are in the attached slide.

Childcare Grant

Similar to the COVID-19 sick leave, the childcare grant has been extended and the grant eligibility remains the same. Alliance leadership continues to raise the issue of extending the childcare benefit to people who work from home as well as other issues related to childcare/school closure, including the need for flexibility around scheduling, attendance, voluntary temporary shift/hours changes, and other changes to help employees meet their unprecedented family obligations. The program is set to expire on April 3, 2021.

See Eligibility Requirements

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