Bargaining update - Day eight

We have a TA!

Your Bargaining Team is delighted to inform you that we have reached a Tentative Agreement after bargaining late into the night at our final bargaining session.

We celebrate the phenomenal hard work of all of the Negotiating Team, The Unit Reps, Andrew Blake, Brent Knutzen and Drew Louviere in securing the signed petitions which pressed the power of the WSNA Kadlec nurses.

Administration heard your voice. Our solidarity and engagement was impressive.

Date and times for ratification vote to follow.

Highlights of the tentative agreement include:

  • Average wage increases of 19.25%. With compounding, this amounts to 20.50% over three years!
    • Wage increases averaging 10.25% in January 2023
    • 2.5% increase in July 2023
    • 1.25% increase in January 2024
    • 2% increase in July 2024
    • 3.25% increase in January 2025
  • New vacation scheduling that will ensure more nurses are able to use their PTO
  • New work scheduling language
  • Significant Step increases, particularly in the middle of the wage scale where Kadlec was furthest behind its comparables
  • Recognition of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner role, 40 hours of paid training to encourage more SANE RNs, and $200/exam bonus
  • Commitment to train more experienced ED nurses to triage
  • Increased commitment to staff security in ED and Freestanding ED
  • Significant premium increases for Charge, Clinical Educator, Resource, Elective floating, weekend, evening, and night shift differentials and On Call
  • Improvements for Per Diems including reaching grade increases faster, and a new bonus for per diems who work 860 hours in a year.
  • Clarification on limits of functional assignment, and escalation procedure for inappropriate functional assignments
  • Reduction of FTE awarded by Seniority
  • Seniority bridge if return within one year
  • Bereavement leave expansion
  • New nurse orientation will not be terminated prematurely to ensure adequate time on orientation
  • Committee on Workplace Violence language significantly expanded
  • Leads taking patients – restrictions on when leads can take patients and economic penalty for leads taking patients or working without administrative support (CNAs, Techs, HUCs)
  • Low Census language for units closed on holidays or other extended closure periods that address the ability to work instead of required PTO use
  • PTO cash out for RNS at or close to the accrual cap
  • Retention bonus

More information will be coming soon.

In Solidarity,
Meri Bukovinsky “Chair”-CDU
Jamie Woodall “Co-Chair” FSED
Vanessa Douglas “Secretary/Treasurer” ICU
Anita Dennis “Grievance Officer” PACU
Andrew Blake-Cath Lab
Kat Banks- PACU
Michelle Killebrew- CV Pre/Post
Kelsi Duncan-NICU
Ryan Rosenkranz WSNA Nurse Organizer
Laurie Robinson WSNA Nurse Representative