Kaiser Permanente Names C. William Gray to Senior Labor Position

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Kaiser Permanente

    OAKLAND, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has named
 C. William Gray Vice President, National Labor Management Partnership and
 National Labor Relations.  Gray will have nationwide responsibility for Kaiser
 Permanente's relationship and negotiations with its unions, and will be a key
 manager working on the organization's National Labor-Management Partnership
 with Leslie Margolin, senior vice president, workforce development, and the
 lead executive on the Partnership.
     "Bill Gray brings to Kaiser Permanente his extensive experience in
 developing employee involvement programs and partnerships with labor leaders,"
 said Ms. Margolin.  "Our organization is in the first phases of implementing a
 national five-year contract with a majority of our unions, and Bill's skills
 and knowledge are a welcome addition to our team."
     Gray was most recently vice president of human resources for
 Harley-Davidson, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he developed and
 implemented a number of employee-driven change initiatives.  Under his
 leadership, Harley-Davidson's union-represented employees became involved in
 consensus decision-making at most levels of the company.
     Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Gray filled managerial roles in human
 resources and labor relations at Champion International Corporation (Stamford,
 Connecticut), the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Bendix Corporation in
 Cleveland and New Philadelphia, and Rubbermaid, Inc. in Wooster (all in Ohio).
     A native of Wooster, Ohio, Gray holds a doctoral degree in Organizational
 Behavior and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Group Dynamics, both from Ohio
 University in Athens.  He also holds a B.A. in Economic and Business
 Administration from Ashland College (Ashland, Ohio).
     Gray, his wife, Cheryl, and their children will continue to reside in
 Castle Rock, Colo.
     In 1997, Kaiser Permanente and its AFL-CIO unions agreed to establish an
 historic partnership between labor and management that is the first of its
 kind in health care.  Voted on and overwhelmingly approved by the memberships
 of 26 unions representing 60,000 Kaiser Permanente employees, the partnership
 uses collaborative, interest-based teamwork to improve health care quality and
 competitive performance while making Kaiser Permanente a better place to work.
 The partnership is resulting in changes both to operational structure and
 day-to-day operations.
     Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health care
 organization.  Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group-practice
 prepayment program with headquarters in Oakland, Calif.  Kaiser Permanente
 serves the health care needs of more than 8 million members in 9 states and
 the District of Columbia.  Today, it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
 Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente
 Medical Groups.  Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes about
 90,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and about
 11,000 physicians representing all specialties.
 
 

SOURCE Kaiser Permanente
    OAKLAND, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has named
 C. William Gray Vice President, National Labor Management Partnership and
 National Labor Relations.  Gray will have nationwide responsibility for Kaiser
 Permanente's relationship and negotiations with its unions, and will be a key
 manager working on the organization's National Labor-Management Partnership
 with Leslie Margolin, senior vice president, workforce development, and the
 lead executive on the Partnership.
     "Bill Gray brings to Kaiser Permanente his extensive experience in
 developing employee involvement programs and partnerships with labor leaders,"
 said Ms. Margolin.  "Our organization is in the first phases of implementing a
 national five-year contract with a majority of our unions, and Bill's skills
 and knowledge are a welcome addition to our team."
     Gray was most recently vice president of human resources for
 Harley-Davidson, Inc., in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where he developed and
 implemented a number of employee-driven change initiatives.  Under his
 leadership, Harley-Davidson's union-represented employees became involved in
 consensus decision-making at most levels of the company.
     Prior to joining Harley-Davidson, Gray filled managerial roles in human
 resources and labor relations at Champion International Corporation (Stamford,
 Connecticut), the B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Bendix Corporation in
 Cleveland and New Philadelphia, and Rubbermaid, Inc. in Wooster (all in Ohio).
     A native of Wooster, Ohio, Gray holds a doctoral degree in Organizational
 Behavior and an M.Ed. in Counseling and Group Dynamics, both from Ohio
 University in Athens.  He also holds a B.A. in Economic and Business
 Administration from Ashland College (Ashland, Ohio).
     Gray, his wife, Cheryl, and their children will continue to reside in
 Castle Rock, Colo.
     In 1997, Kaiser Permanente and its AFL-CIO unions agreed to establish an
 historic partnership between labor and management that is the first of its
 kind in health care.  Voted on and overwhelmingly approved by the memberships
 of 26 unions representing 60,000 Kaiser Permanente employees, the partnership
 uses collaborative, interest-based teamwork to improve health care quality and
 competitive performance while making Kaiser Permanente a better place to work.
 The partnership is resulting in changes both to operational structure and
 day-to-day operations.
     Kaiser Permanente is America's leading integrated health care
 organization.  Founded in 1945, it is a not-for-profit, group-practice
 prepayment program with headquarters in Oakland, Calif.  Kaiser Permanente
 serves the health care needs of more than 8 million members in 9 states and
 the District of Columbia.  Today, it encompasses Kaiser Foundation Health Plan
 Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and their subsidiaries, and the Permanente
 Medical Groups.  Nationwide, Kaiser Permanente includes about
 90,000 technical, administrative and clerical employees and about
 11,000 physicians representing all specialties.
 
 SOURCE  Kaiser Permanente

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