Experienced labor staff works with RN teams to negotiate and enforce a negotiated contract that sets workplace terms and benefits on a variety of topics, including wages, overtime, health care, layoffs, and staffing. The contracts ONA nurses have raise the bar for wages, benefits, and other conditions of employment for all nurses. More importantly, the contracts give nurses a voice in the workplace to address patient care and safety. Finally, the contract guarantees job security protections through fair layoff and grievance provisions. Our contracts combined with our staff contract administration support assure these benefits and privileges.
Improved Wages and Benefits
Union RNs, on average, earn thousands of dollars more per year than non-union RNs. This is particularly true in the Pacific Northwest. According to a nationwide salary survey from the Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (a non-union affiliated nursing professional association), union-represented nurses make, on average, $4,000 more per year than non-union nurses.
Experienced in dispute resolution, ONA labor staff offer valuable service to RNs to improve non-contract issues at work. This includes meeting with RNs and managers alike to listen to concerns, facilitate open dialogue, prioritize issues and implement solutions.
Training and Leadership
ONA members have access to a wide range of educational opportunities on labor issues every year. These classes are held at ONA’s convention, at semi-annual leadership forums and on-site at your facility. Leadership opportunities include steward training, grievance management, labor law and collective bargaining/negotiation skills.
ONA represented RNs with grievances for unfair terminations or unjust disciplinary matters heard at arbitration are represented by ONA’s legal counsel at no cost to the RN. Moreover, members have the benefit of free limited consultation with attorneys on a number of issues outside the scope of their ONA contract.
Protected Health and Retirement Benefits
ONA represented RNs are protected against employers cutting health and retirement benefits unilaterally. Employers must negotiate with the union regarding these benefits before making any changes.