UWMC Registered Nurses be warned that your WSNA negotiating team has met with UWMC Administration for a second time and your working conditions and benefits are being severely threatened
WSNA has presented a fair and reasonable opening proposal while your management is insisting on drastic changes to your current working conditions by proposing the following:
- Forced Mandatory Low Census… this would no longer be voluntary and your bi-weekly paychecks could be greatly impacted in times of low patient volume
- Elimination of self-scheduling…this is suggested as part of the Kronos Electronic timekeeping implementation
- Elimination of the 28 day 160 hour work week option- All nurses would become hourly and pay checks would no longer be one half of the estimated monthly salary but, rather, directly reflect the hours worked in the two week pay period. With this proposal, all nurses would have to choose 40 hours in 7 days or 80 hours in 14 day schedules. This change could also mean elimination in overtime for additional hours worked beyond your regularly scheduled shift
- Increase in notification requirement for Sick Call for days from 1 hour to 2 hours
- A complete change in the requirements to attain Rest between Shifts pay. RNs working 8 hour shifts will be expected to work two hours longer without being compensated while the hours of compensation will decrease from a current minimum of 8 hours at time plus one half to as little as a half an hour! As part of their proposal, hours worked from Call back, standby, education and committee meetings would not apply towards attaining this Rest Between Shifts premium.
The above items only represent a portion of the potential take-aways and cut backs that UWMC (boasting over $50,000,000 – fifty million dollars - in profits for each of the last two years) has elected to dump on the shoulders of their nurses.
Where is the Disconnect?
The very reasons that you have chosen to work at UWMC are the same items that UWMC has chosen to eliminate. Your rights, working conditions and long standing benefits are at risk.
UWMC Administration has stated a desire to mimic what they consider to be “Community Standards” and in doing so propose outlandish take-aways for Registered Nurses working there.
The time is now for Solidarity
This means showing management that all nurses share the same interests in preserving these benefits.
It is time for Nurses to ask themselves “What Can I Do to Make a Difference?”
We need to let them know this by standing behind your Negotiation team Nurses and WSNA. Talk about these issues during your breaks and on your lunch periods. Support your colleagues and WSNA by wearing your WSNA buttons, wristbands and lanyards. Wear WSNA blue on every day that your Negotiating Team is at the table.
United We Bargain - Divided We Beg!
WSNA will not allow your rights to be stripped away!
Now is the time to speak up!
WSNA Local Unit Officers and Negotiation Team members will be available to speak with all nurses and answer questions on Friday, August 12th in the rear of the first floor cafeteria (by the window looking into the Espresso Cart) from 7am-3pm.
Look for the WSNA banner! We will have negotiations updates and answer any questions that you may have.
Attend your Local Unit Meeting on August 30th
Get informed and have a voice. Now is the time to let UWMC Administration know what you want and that proposals to dramatically change the conditions under which many of your have worked for many, many years are not acceptable.
When: August 30th
Time: 1pm-3pm and 6pm-8pm
Where: Cafeteria Conference Room “B”
Act now or lose the very benefits that make UWMC a desired place to work!
Our next bargaining Session is set for Tuesday, August 9th so be sure to show your support for WSNA and all UWMC RNs by wearing blue, wearing your WSNA pins, buttons and lanyards (all of which can be attained by your Local Unit Officers or Negotiation Team Members).
We want to hear from you NOW
Please forward your comments to WSNA Nurse Representative
Ed Zercher at email@example.com
Ed Zercher, BSN, RN and your entire Negotiating Team
Anita Stull, RN, Inpatient Psych
Mary Luedeking-Mentele, RN, PACU
Harry James, RN, O.R.
Teresa Wren, RN, MIC
Kathy Higgins, RN, PACU
Doug Harper, RN, Resource Team
Terri Gartman, RN, MIC
Colleen Zakar, RN, Surgical Specialties