WSNA, SEIU and UFCW 21 have been notified of CommonSpirit’s plan to provide Broad Based Awards and the Covid Caregiver Award bonus for caregivers. We agree it is absolutely right to recog­nize the unprece­dented sacri­fice all health­care workers have made during this pandemic, putting themselves and their families at risk every day to care for patients. However, it is not right to offer bonuses in a divisive way in which manage­ment picks and chooses whose sacri­fice and risk was worthy of recog­ni­tion, leaving many of our members out of one or both awards. We believe that all of our members in our three organi­za­tions, in all of their roles and depart­ments across CHI-Franciscan hospi­tals, played a vital role in caring for our commu­ni­ties and deserve to be compen­sated for their sacri­fice and efforts.

While we appre­ciate the inten­tion of providing additional compen­sa­tion to our members during this unprece­dented time, we disagree with the employ­er’s proposed approach which allows manage­ment to deter­mine who is deserving of recog­ni­tion among all of CHI-Francis­can’s dedicated caregivers. We believe that the Awards should be provided to all staff, to celebrate and recog­nize the hard work of all of our members during a diffi­cult time.

All three unions have notified CHI-Franciscan manage­ment we would like to jointly meet with them to bargain an agree­ment that is fair and equitable to all caregivers, so that it can be a positive experi­ence for all.

At this time, we are waiting for a response from CHI-Franciscan manage­ment. We will keep you informed regarding any updates, so stay tuned.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsna.org