We have reached a Tentative Agreement!
Posted November 10, 2016
On Tuesday evening November 7th at 10:50 PM, after a long day of negotiating, your Negotiating Team reached a Tentative Agreement with Northwest Hospital's Management over the terms of our collective bargaining agreement.
All Northwest RNs who are WSNA members in good standing are eligible to vote on the contract. Nurses will have the opportunity to meet with members of the Negotiating Team and review the entire proposed contract/tentative agreement prior to voting. We do not have dates for meetings and voting yet. We will be providing you with more information on those very soon.
We think you will agree that we have reached a good, fair contract and we are recommending that Northwest RNs ratify the contract with a “YES” vote.
Here are some highlights of the Tentative Agreement:
Additional STEPS for the life of the contract. Under the old contract, nurses could wait as long as 5 years for a STEP increase. By 2018, the longest interval between STEPS will be 2 years.
1st Year Wage Increases. Following ratification of contract – May 2017
Add STEPS 22, 24, 26, 28, 29 and 30
STEPS 1 - 19 4% increase
STEPS 20 – 30 2.5% increase
NOTE: The addition of STEPs will bring many, but not all nurses at STEPs 20 – 30 to a 4% increase over their current wage. Nurses whose STEP level adjustment does NOT result in a 4% increase will receive a one-time payment equaling the difference between their 2.5% STEP increase and 4%, prorated for their FTE.
2nd Year - May 15, 2017
Add STEPS 11, 14, 17
3.0% Across the Board Increase
3rd Year - May 15, 2018
3.0% Across the Board Increase
Ratification Bonus - RNs employed as of 5/15/2016 through approximately 2 pay periods beyond ratification $700.00 for 1.0 FTE and is prorated by FTE. Reserve Nurses (0.2 FTE) will receive $140.00.
BSN or MSN Premium - Effective 7/2017 $1.00/hr for RNs with a BSN or MSN degree.
Shift Differentials - Effective 5/15/2017 Nurses will receive a shift differential for second shift (3p-11p) or third shift (11p-7a) if 2 (instead of current 4) or more hours are worked on the designated shift.
Temporary Floating Premium - Effective at ratification - RNs floating from the unit(s) they were hired into will receive $1.50/hr premium (Does not apply to float pool nurses).
Medical Benefits – Existing plan to 4/2017. Nurses will re-select a plan prior to April 2017. Your choices include a PPO and a consumer driven/high deductible plan. Your negotiating team believes the costs of these plans are a fair value to nurses and their families. The plan results in some increased costs to some RNs, and provides some offsets to costs by participating in wellness plans and health savings accounts. Contract language will require the employer to work with WSNA before making changes to medical plan/benefits during the life of the contract. Please contact NWH HR/Benefits for additional information on plans and how to sign up prior to April 2017.
EXAMPLE - Classic PPO
Employee and Spouse $279.00
Employee and children $189.00
Employee and family $399.00
A consumer driven health plan will also be available.
Incentive Shifts – Now paid for nurses working beyond their normal FTE - removing requirement that nurses work 48 hours in the week to be eligible for incentive shifts.
Professional Practice Issues – Enhanced language and processes for RN involvement with nurse staffing issues.
Education Funds – RNs are guaranteed 200.00 per year (prorated by FTE) for educational/professional leave.
Enhanced Bereavement Leave – Additional time/flexibility
Work Day Definition - 8, 10, and 12 hour shift will be considered normal work days. AND – additional contract language that protects nurses who are working 8 hour shifts and want to continue to work 8 hour shifts.
Watch your email and this page over the next week. We will be notifying you re: times/dates for reviewing entire contract prior to voting. We will also provide you information on the voting process.
Your Negotiating Team Cathy Powers, RN, Local Unit Chair; Cathy Sanders, RN, Local Unit Grievance Officer; Tom Booze, RN, WSNA Local Unit Secretary/Treasurer; Judy Brown, RN; Sheri Devos, RN; Mary McNaughton, RN; Sue O’Donnell, RN, WSNA Nurse Representative, 206-575-7979, ext. 3045