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.

In solidarity,

Clarise Mahler, Chair (CCU); hapilark@gmail.com
Debbie Pronk, Griev­ance Officer (PACU); dppbee@gmail.com
Jomay Ruiz, Secretary/​Treasurer (FMC); ruiz.jomay@gmail.com
Linda Snyder, Member­ship Officer (7 Silver); lsnyder1@eastern.edu
Val Artamonova, Member­ship Officer (Home Hospice); valeriya.art@gmail.com
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 (twilliams@wsna.org)