On Oct. 30, our Labor Management Committee met with management and discussed several issues. We believe we were able to have productive conversations that will be helpful for both parties involved.
Topics discussed were:
- Payroll issues – Nurses having to sign off if a CNA was present or not.
It was decided that nurses are to only sign off on what they see/witness. There will be no retaliation for this. Both parties do not want nurses to falsify any documentation.
- Part-time nurses have to document when they leave and return for lunch on their timecards, but full-time nurses do not
It was communicated to us that this is a timecard issue that applies to all VA’s. There is simply no way around it according to management.
- Mandatory Ed Day – Nurses need to have this scheduled into their schedule. They otherwise are not able to get it done due to workload demands.
Management as told us, if nurses are not able to get the requirements done while at work, to communicate this to the DNS and time will be arranged for help with this.
- Training on workplace violence – How is this done?
There is no formal training as of yet, but management was very receptive to pursuing this in the future.
Please contact a Labor Management Committee member for more details about the meeting: Dana Bertran, RN and Renee Clark, RN.
There is still one more open space for a nurse to sit on the Labor Management Committee. If you are interested, please let one of your WSNA local unit officers know!
The next Labor Management meeting will be on Jan. 31, 2019 at 11 a.m.