Bargaining Update: May 31, 2011

June 2011

On May 17, the SFRNA Bargaining Team gave St. Francis management a comprehensive proposal to address staffing issues and the shortage of support staff. (View our proposal here.)

Unfortunately, St Francis management did not provide any response to our concerns on staffing.

Instead of addressing staffing issues, St. Francis gave us proposals that are substandard to what other St. Francis employees have who are represented by SEIU-UHW.

For example:

• If our hospital is sold or merged into another system, we have no job protection, unlike all the technical and service workers who will have their jobs and union contract protected in event of a sale.

• If we are disciplined with a final written warning, St. Francis wants that warning to stay in our personnel file forever. Certified Nursing Assistants, dietary workers, unit secretaries, respiratory therapists, etc, have written final warnings removed within 24 months.

It is important that each and every nurse know what’s really happening in negotiations and make sure that you stand up for your rights.

Take the first step now

If staffing in your unit is unsafe, if ratios are not being followed, if you don’t have the support staff to adequately care for your patients: Fill out a staffing objection form to protect yourself. By filling out a staffing objection form you are not refusing the assignment. You are documenting that the assignment is unsafe and you are ensuring that your license is protected in the event of an incident that was out of your control.  Look for your UNION Staffing Packet in the mail! Click here to download the SFRNA Staffing Objection Form.

Join the bargaining team when we discuss St. Francis’ financial situation and prepare for our proposals on economic issues.

Join Us:
June 14th and 15th
Long Beach Marriott
4700 Airport Plaza Drive
Long Beach, CA 90815

Click here to download a Bargaining Update with more information from the last bargaining session.