Ben Hudnall was a tireless advocate for organized labor and Kaiser Permanente’s Labor Management Partnership. Ben was a trusted advisor and leader in the Partnership since its founding in 1996. Among his many accomplishments, Ben spearheaded the 2005 KP HealthConnect Effects Bargaining Agreement assuring thousands of Partnership-represented employees could choose retraining for other KP jobs if the initiative caused the elimination of their jobs. Ben was an unwavering supporter of education and career advancement. The Trust was named in his honor to further acknowledge his dedication to workers.
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.