In the early months of the pandemic, PeaceHealth made a number of changes that affected WSNA nurses and did not bargain those changes with the Union. Specifically, the Hospital implemented a Personal Travel Policy and a COVID-19 Leave Bank Program. Nurses had to use unpaid time off or PTO to cover incidents and they would not have done so but for the Hospital’s unilateral changes.
WSNA filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (the “NLRB”); we alleged that the Hospital violated federal labor law when it unilaterally implemented these changes without bargaining with the Union.
The NLRB recently agreed with WSNA and determined that the Hospital did violate federal labor law by not bargaining with the Union.
As a result, the Hospital will make every nurse affected by these unilateral changes who had to take unpaid time or who used PTO “whole” – that means the Hospital will either provide backpay plus interest or will reinstate PTO used to the affected nurses so that affected nurses will be reinstated to the position they would have been in if the Hospital hadn’t made the unlawful changes.
You will see NLRB postings around the Hospital from June 30 that will remain up for 60 days, stating what the NLRB determined, what the Hospital has to do to make things rights, and the steps that the Hospital needs to take before the NLRB agrees that this issue is resolved.
The Hospital will send this posting by email along with claim forms. If you took unpaid time or used PTO as a result of the Personal Travel Policy or the COVID-19 Leave Bank Program, fill out a claim form no later than July 23, 2021. You will find specific directions in the email from the Hospital.
If you have any questions and/or if you do not receive an email from the Hospital, please contact WSNA Nurse Rep, Hanna Welander at email@example.com
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.