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Workplace Violence #

We began the day with demands that the manage­ment take immediate steps to improve the hospital’s security. While we plan to make a compre­hen­sive proposal on safety in negoti­a­tions, your team stood tall and asked manage­ment to take steps to protect nurse safety now! We demanded (1) increase in security personnel, prefer­ably off-duty police and more guards, (2) immediate posting of large promi­nent signs announcing to patients and visitors Kadlec’s stated no toler­ance policy for physical and verbal abuse by patients and visitors in every unit and patient room and (3) place­ment of guards on all patients with a history of violence in the hospital. While being non-committal on most issues, the hospital has taken a small first step by placing letter size signs announcing Zero Toler­ance” of all Aggres­sive Behavior” at nursing stations.

Last week, management planned a meeting with the police to address workplace violence (“WPV”) #

We were supposed to meet with manage­ment and the police to address immediate security concerns, but manage­ment announced that the Officer they work with had been reassigned. Rest assured, this issue is being pursued and we are demanding the meeting on our sched­uled session on Oct. 15. WPV must be addressed now!

Healthcare benefits #

Manage­ment wants the right to force part-time employees to pay their entire health care premium, both for nurses and their depen­dents. They want a fight! We countered with a strong mainte­nance of benefits clause to force manage­ment to obtain your agree­ment to any changes to the existing Medical Plan.

Staffing and Staffing Committee #

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, PTO and nursing safety and health.

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Use of PTO for union members on our negotiating team #

They have agreed not to force team members to use PTO by allowing them to take the day off unpaid.

Our next session is Oct. 9.

We will be having the following meetings with our members. Please plan to attend one of these meetings:

  • Oct. 10 at 7:30 — 9 p.m. in the Columbia II (3rd floor Mountain Pavilion)
  • Oct. 11 at 7:30 – 9 a.m. in the Ringold room (1st floor near the tower elevators)

Thank you to all those who showed support by wearing the #EndNurseAbuse stickers and wearing blue in solidarity.

We continue to collect your stories of workplace violence (WPV). We are asking you to take pictures of you/​your coworkers wearing the #EndNurseAbuse stickers and holding signs of support and solidarity.

Please send those stories and pictures to WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

We show up, we stand up, we speak up.

In unity and solidarity,

Your WSNA negoti­ating team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Ryan McCauley (ICU) Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturte­vant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI)