Proposed Memorandum of Understanding regarding an independent transport team #
During our last contract negotiations, we agreed that we would bargain over the terms of an independent transport team should Children’s decide to create such a team. Children’s informed WSNA that they intended to create an independent transport team and we are pleased to announce that, after four hard days of bargaining, we have reached an agreement on a proposed MOU which:
- Establishes an independent transport team.
- Creates a $4.00 per hour premium for all members of the independent transport team.
- Requires that independent transport team members receive training and orientation so that they are able to perform the assigned duties safely and independently. The orientation and training components will be dependent on the nurse’s previous experience and will include rotations in various critical care units depending on the nurse’s prior experience..
- Establishes monthly meetings between WSNA and Children’s for a period of one year to review and update the transport program and to discuss issues affecting nurse members of the transport team and other concerns related to transport, including orientation, training, quality of care and recruitment and retention.
Children’s intends to phase out the current transport team model whereby NICU nurses who perform transports receive $100 per day for each day they perform one or more transports. During the transition period such nurses will continue to receive the $100 per day stipend for transports, but are not eligible for the $4.00 per hour premium. Nurses who are hired into the independent transport team will receive a $4.00 per hour premium, but not the $100 per day stipend. Feel free to contact Travis Elmore, WSNA nurse representative, at 206 – 575-7979x3117 or telmore@WSNA.org if you have questions.
Edna Cortez, Chairperson — Auditing; Lindsey Kirsch – ED; Cyndie Juarez – ALNW; Joelle Guthrie – Ground Transport; Patti Rossie – Ground Transport; Judith Rollins – Ground Transport; Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Representative at 1 (800) 231‑8482, ext. 3117 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ballots must be received by Feb. 12, 2018!
We recommend a ‘yes’ vote!