Dear St. Vincent Labor and Delivery Nurse:
Last fall, changes were announced to your vacation / PTO and education day system beginning April 1, 2011.
A petition was circulated by nurses, asking the Medical Center slow
the process and listen to nurse input before making modifications to the
number of days allowed. After we were notified the changes would be
implemented without reviewing individual nurses’ input, a grievance was
filed on behalf of all the nurses in Labor and Delivery. (Your contract
requires that nurse input be considered in vacation scheduling, use
creative and flexible approaches, and have guidelines that promote
ability to take vacation, Art IIIA)
As a result of that grievance, administration scheduled open meetings
with the L & D nurses in January, to hear feedback about the new
system. The staffing committee has reviewed those suggestions and issued
Generally, the staffing committee recommended that the new system
stay in place for April 1- Sept. 30, 2011, and is reviewing your
suggestions about vacation / PTO / education days after the September
2011 period. The staffing committee and ONA need to hear from you if you have input about these recommendations.
The grievance is currently on “hold” at Step 3 of the grievance
process, while we try and find solutions that will work for both the
nurses and the Medical Center for the period between April – Sept. 2011.
In order to determine how we should resolve the grievance, we need to
hear from you about the staffing committee’s recommendations.
What we need from you:
Please reply to this e-mail and tell us if you have suggestions / feedback.
What we need to know:
1) What do you think about the suggestion that the new
vacation system stay in place for April – September 2011? Our grievance
asked the Medical Center to slow this process down, but we want to honor
the staffing committee’s hard work, and also ensure they hear from the
2) So that we can understand how big an impact the changes
had on nurses, please tell us if you were you denied vacation as a
result of the new system, and if so, for what month?
Please forward this to your coworkers.
We only have email addresses for 36 of 100+ nurses. Please encourage
your colleagues to send their e-mail address to ONA so that we can
better communicate in the future.
ONA Labor Relations Representative
18765 SW Boones Ferry Rd., Ste. 200
Tualatin, OR 97062 503-293-0011 x 328