Bargaining Update #15
I hope that everyone enjoyed some time with family and friends over the holidays! The UCMC and NNU bargaining teams both were back to work at the table today for our 15th bargaining session, the first of five bargaining sessions scheduled for January.
In today’s session, there was some good discussion with the NNU passing proposals on management rights related to notice of policy changes, scheduling, extra-service pay (ESP) in lieu of comp time for salaried nurses, In-House Registry (IHR), and floating. And UCMC passing an economic counter-proposal related to wage grids, ESP for salaried nurses, and uniform vouchers, and counter-proposals related to the time and attendance policy and Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE).
I’m happy to say we reached a tentative agreement on the Side Letter related to Uniform Vouchers, providing vouchers for new nurses hired after January 1st and before June 30th after successful completion of their probationary period. We also made good progress on the proposals related to the SANE Team!
Thank you to all that attended the Town Halls last week! We had several hundred at each session with 68 questions submitted in advance and over 50 that came in live. The Town Halls are a great way to stay informed on progress made in bargaining and an opportunity to ask questions, but you can also visit UCMCNurses.org to learn about current economic offers, our tuition proposal, and all the tentative agreements that have been reached so far.
UCMC continues to believe that the real work of reaching a contract can only be achieved with both sides working together at the bargaining table – neither side expects a contract based on initial proposals, it’s a back-and-forth process. UCMC is committed to continuing good faith negotiations with the NNU to reach a compromise agreement that meets the needs of our nurses, the growing needs of the community we serve, and the patients who rely on us for their care.
Upcoming sessions: January 17th, 18th, 22nd, and 30th
Have a great evening!
Sarah L. Kundrat, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
Executive Director, Ambulatory Nursing,
Associate Chief Ambulatory Nursing Officer