Originally posted on January 5, 2017

Your bargaining unit officers, WSNA repre­sen­ta­tive and hospital manage­ment have worked collab­o­ra­tively to ensure the language of the contract surrounding low census is followed correctly. The Employer has recently announced that the Labor­Workx system is now capable of tracking volun­tary and manda­tory low census hours separately. This change took effect Jan. 1, 2017. 

Your Manda­tory Low Census (MLC) hours are limited to (48) hours per each desig­nated six month period. Volun­tary Low Census (VLC) hours do NOT count towards this limit. MLC must be assigned using the rotation list on each unit, regard­less of whether you have or haven’t taken VLC. 

During periods of low census, the Employer will assign Low Census (LC) in the following order: 

  1. To nurses working on a regularly sched­uled day off and being paid at a rate of time and one half or higher; 
  2. Volun­teers;
  3. If no volun­teers, MLC will be rotated equitably among all nurses working their regular sched­uled shift with: 

a. Agency and Per Diem Nurses first; b. Then, the next nurse on the Rotation List. 

  • A traveling nurse who is employed on a contract basis for a defined period of weeks shall partic­i­pate in the rotation of low census with other full-time and part-time employees; 
  • Nurses taking low census shall receive credited hours as provided in Section 4.8 on canceled hours of work for purposes of computing longevity steps, seniority, vacation and sick leave under this Agreement; 
  • It is the nurses’ option as to whether they use vacation pay for low census. If taken unpaid, it still counts as credited hours. 

In solidarity,

Your local unit officers: Debbie Pronk, RN, Sue Dunlap, RN, Merry Doty, RN, Clarise Mahler, BSN, RN and Cindy Collette, BSN, RN; 

and WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Terri Williams, MS, RN (twilliams@wsna.org)