Celebrating Ben Hudnall
Ben Hudnall was a tireless advocate for organized labor and Kaiser Permanente's Labor Management Partnership.
Ubiquitous and instantly recognizable at LMP meetings and negotiations in his jaunty wool driving cap, Ben was a trusted advisor and leader in the Partnership since its founding in 1996.
Among his many accomplishments, Ben spearheaded in 2005 a KP HealthConnect Effects Bargaining agreement that assured thousands of Partnership-represented employees that they could choose retraining for other KP jobs, or severance, if the initiative caused the elimination of their jobs.
For 30 years Ben was business manager for the Engineers and Scientists of California, IFPTE Local 20, in Oakland. Ben Hudnall passed away on June 12, 2006 after waging a valiant battle with cancer. His wife, Michelle, was at his side the morning he passed.