Day #3 of negotiations is complete. WSNA has introduced proposals for competitive wage and benefit packages to attract and retain nurses, for staffing that will ensure the safety of nurses and their patients and that will allow nurses to take meal and rest periods and much-needed vacations. We have also made proposals to increase various premiums and to enhance health insurance benefits and to protect nurses from increased health insurance costs in addition to proposals we made regarding floating. We also have submitted a comprehensive proposal to address workplace violence.
We are disappointed that we have had three days of bargaining and management has not yet given us a wage or benefit proposal and has “reserved” several important areas of contract for future proposals. Management has promised to give us their complete proposal during the next bargaining session. Some of management’s initial proposals are troubling. For example, management is proposing that it be allowed to give new hires less credit for experience than they currently receive, which would negatively impact recruiting for nurses with experience, and to reduce the supplemental premium while imposing new, onerous scheduling requirements for supplemental nurses, which will make Sacred Heart a much less attractive place for supplemental nurses. They are also proposing to subject more nurses to mandatory shift rotation.
As you can see, we have our work cut out for us – but we are energized and up for the challenge! A special thanks to all of our colleagues who prepared snacks and treats for us during our long days of negotiations. It is much appreciated!
Our next day to bargain is Dec. 18.
Questions? We got answers. We, your negotiating team, will provide more detailed information on what is happening at the table during the next series of local unit meetings.
1912 N Division St. Suite 200
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
You can contact a negotiation team member or WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.