Action required now! Association grievance regarding inappropriate placement on wage scale
Last year, on behalf of your fellow nurses, WSNA filed an Association group grievance on the basis that nurses were hired below the step that was required by the contract based on the nurses’ previous nursing experience. We have reached a settlement with Providence Sacred Heart that could result in an upward step adjustment for nurses who did not receive the appropriate experience credit upon hire. At this point, we do not know how many nurses are affected.
This is where YOUCOMEIN.
If you feel that you were not correctly placed on the wage scale when you were hired, you MUST request that Providence review your step placement NOLATERTHANFEBRUARY15, 2020. Such requests must be submitted to Human Resources Business Partner Theresa Colletto, via email, NOLATERTHANFEBRUARY15, 2020. Requests submitted after this date will not be considered. The steps for this process are time sensitive and are located in a pdf at: https://wsna.to/SHMCwagestep or found in the Contracts and Documents section of this page.
How do I know if I was correctly placed on the wage scale?In short, if you have ANY doubt as to whether you were correctly placed on the wage scale upon hire, REQUEST A REVIEW. Section 6.2 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement requires that nurses hired with at least two (2) years of recent continuous nursing experience applicable to the specialty for which they are hired will be placed at the actual year of experience on the wage scale. Nurses hired without equivalent recent experience applicable to that specialty will be placed two (2) steps below the actual years of nursing experience. It has come to our attention that some nurses without nursing experience applicable to the specialty for which they were hired may have been incorrectly placed at more than two (2) steps below their actual years of nursing experience. Also, there may be nurses who had at least two (2) years of recent continuous nursing experience applicable to the specialty for which they were hired but were not given one-for-one credit for experience. Again , if you have ANY doubt as to whether you were correctly placed on the wage scale upon hire, REQUEST A REVIEW.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.