We met with the Employer on Friday, Oct. 26 for our third negotiation session.
We have presented management with multiple proposals. Management has done the same. Proposals have included economics, benefits, workplace violence, staffing committee, low census, holiday pay and more.
The Hospital gave us their economic proposal and we are far apart on wages. We are working hard to assure the Employer is able to retain and attract nurses to care for our patients and to lessen the disparity in the amount of pay compared to other facilities in the area.
We proposed a comprehensive staffing proposal which adds strength to the new State Staffing law and (1) includes guaranteed safeguards to force management to vote with nurses on staffing issues and (2) requires that staffing be adequate to assure breaks, vacations, patient safety and health and nurse safety and health.
The Employer has proposed that nurses who are placed on low census on their regularly scheduled shift will be placed on Standby, rather than the nurse being given the opportunity to mutually agree. The team does not agree with Mandatory Standby.
We still have many open proposals and discussion items. Our next negotiation dates are Oct. 31 and Nov. 7.
Clarise Mahler, Chair (CCU); firstname.lastname@example.org
Debbie Pronk, Grievance Officer (PACU); email@example.com
Jomay Ruiz, Secretary/Treasurer (FMC); firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Snyder, Membership Officer (7 Silver); email@example.com
Val Artamonova, Membership Officer (Home Hospice); firstname.lastname@example.org
Jessica Taylor – 6 Silver; Neelam Kaur – 4 Silver; Holly Baker – ED; Lexi Overa – ED; Beth Selander – OR; Caine Ballew – Float Pool; Charina Alvarez – PACU; Theresa Blazer – FMC; Alicia O’Neal — Hospice Care Center; and Terri Williams, MS, RN, WSNA Nurse Rep (email@example.com)