Q. What is the Common Issues Committee?

A. The Common Issues Committee (CIC) is the decision-making body responsible for negotiating the 2012 National Agreement.  This group is made up of health plan, medical group and union leaders. A list of its members can be found at http://bargaining2012.org/people/ .

Q. Who are the observers and where are they from?

A. The observers are both Kaiser Permanente employees and members of coalition unions. The union observers were selected by and represent local coalition unions throughout the organization.

Q. What is the observer’s role in bargaining?

A. Just that—observers are there to observe, learn about the process, and share information with other co-workers as appropriate. Observers attend subgroups and Common Issues Committee meetings, and participate in the labor caucus throughout the process.

Q. What is interest-based bargaining (IBB)?

A. IBB is an approach to collective bargaining that focuses both parties on resolving issues rather than staking out “hard-line” adversarial positions. Interest-based bargaining is a collaborative process focused on finding a solution that meets the key interests of both parties—with the goal of reaching consensus. It is also sometimes referred to as interest-based negotiations (IBN).

Q. How do you know when a group has reached consensus?

A. When everyone has been heard, everyone understands the solution, everyone can live with the solution, and everyone will actively support the solution.

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