In negotiations on December 15, our Beverly RN bargaining team submitted its initial proposal on compensation.
We emphasized to Beverly management the need to improve wages to address recruitment and retention of RNs. More competitive compensation will improve the quality of patient care. Under our proposal, we would see increases ranging from 8—16% in the first year of the contract from across-the-board (ATB) increases plus enhancements to the wage grid. It also included substantial increases in years 2, 3 and 4.
Some of the other open issues that we are bargaining over include:
Article 16 – Sick Leave Reserve (SLR): We have proposed that after ten years RNs would be able to cash out 50% of their sick leave reserve each year.
Article 18 – Health, Dental, and Insurance Plans: Proposing drastic improvements to health benefits.
Article 20 – Education Benefits: Have proposed several modifications to improve education benefits, such as designated skills days to help assist in ensuring competencies in quality care; increased pay for continuing education hours; and for the hospital to reimburse degree-related expenses; among other improvements.
Many other issues are currently being negotiated.
Attend the next bargaining to hear management’s responses to our economic proposals!