News and Updates
- Meeting Notice: Vacation Scheduling
Monday, September 12
Stanley Family Conference Rm No. 21
Providence St. Vincent bargaining unit leadership is considering a trial run in 2017 that we believe will make vacation scheduling more fair for all nurses. Our current process for prime time, the period between Memorial Day and Labor Day, allows the most senior nurses to be approved for all the time they request during this period. As a result, many nurses are left with no options for vacation during the summertime. We’re considering a change that mirrors the norm at PPMC (as well as the majority of RN contracts in the country), which protects seniority as a privilege, but without creating a framework for monopoly.
The final version of the contract is currently being formatted and prepared for printing. In the meantime, you can see the relevant new language (along with all the things that haven’t changed) in the contract draft linked below.
2015-2016 Negotiation Updates
Past News and Updates
Lunsford and Weatherford Grievances over terminations were Arbitrated February 26-27, 2015. Final briefs were submitted April 13 and we expect a decision in 30 days. For more background information, read the newsletter below.
Low Census Issues in Maternal Child Division. We’ve heard of multiple problems with the low census process in Maternal Child. If you have experienced problems contact Sally LaJoie.
Working Spousal Surcharge Grievance. The grievance filed last summer over the Working Spousal Surcharge on behalf of staff that submitted evidence they were exempt but were still being charged is currently at Step 3 of the process.
Review your paystubs and make certain the surcharge is not being withheld. The surcharge is abbreviated on your paystub as “SP SC.” Providence has withheld the surcharge incorrectly for nurses that opted out of the surcharge during 2014 open enrollment – if this has happened to you call the HR Service Center immediately. If you have had a change in circumstances and it no longer applies, you must notify HR within 30 days to end the withholding.
Contract Negotiations Resource Center
Clinical Ladder Negotiations
Clinical Ladder Tentative Agreement Ratified!
On May 22, 2015, the nurses at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center (PSVMC) voted unanimously to ratify the Clinical Ladder letter of agreement between ONA and PSVMC, as well as the bargaining unit bylaws amendment.
Members of the negotiating team are from the Clinical Ladder Board: Merridee Dobbeck, Chair, Eric Sabbe, Jenna Nelson and Kathy Keane, and APRN officers: Glenda Peters, Chair, Maryann Dutton, and Sally LaJoie.
Grievance filed for Unauthorized Timecard/Kronos Adjustments
to Hours Worked by Nurses
Update – January 15, 2015 The federal court has issued preliminary approval of the settlement reached. Class Action settlements are a lengthy procedure with multiple appearances before the court. The grievance was settled in the same process as the Class Action so our grievance is now part of that process. The claims administrator will be mailing notice to all class/grievance members in the next 60 days. If the settlement is approved then payments will be made in the summer of 2015.
Click here for background information and past updates regarding this grievance
Maternal Child Division
Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) Reorganization finalized July 2014.
For additional information, contact the NICU Stewards, Angie Little and Sharyl Allender, or a NICU workgroup member, or read past joint NICU Workgroup updates here.
Maternal Child Reorganization
The 2013 Maternal Child Reorganization is now complete, but the workgroup reconvenes to review issues periodically.
You can find the final memorandum of understanding, with details of the process, in the documents section at the bottom of this page.
ONA/Providence St. Vincent Post Partum and Labor and Delivery Negotiations
Emergency Department Updates
Update: January 15. The Emergency Department nurses were notified March 11, 2014 that their department will be reorganized due primarily to needs to change staff on certain days of week to match the patient census. We formed a joint ONA – PSVMC workgroup and have now largely concluded this process except to revisit the Skeleton Schedule Guidelines and how schedules are changed for other nurses if a nurse leaves the unit. The nurses in the unit voted to adopt an exception to seniority for the nurses that lost their shift in the reorganization. To learn more about the seniority change, read the MOU which will be finalized and posted soon.
To read past Joint Workgroup Updates, click here
State investigation. In 2013, the Oregon Health Authority undertook an investigation following a complaint filed that the Medical Center’s staffing changes violate Oregon’s Nurse Staffing Law. On August 26 it announced that it had identified one or more violations of the Oregon Administrative Rules.
Staffing Concerns Abound – what can you do?
Document it! If you have concerns about your unit’s staffing, please fill out a SRDF form and help us document the problem. We are compiling and presenting this data and continue to push to improve your work conditions and those of your patients. For more information about how to document with an SRDF, please contact your ONA Stewards or fill it out here.
Track your Missed Breaks and Lunches. If the budget cannot sustain staffing for safe patient care, it is likely that it cannot sustain staff nurses’ ability to take breaks and lunches. We are getting repeated complaints about missed breaks and lunches. Please track these missed breaks and lunches and submit them to your ONA Stewards, officers, or labor representatives. It is illegal to fail to provide these rest periods, and it also violates our contract. If the documentation shows that nurses are not getting their rest periods, we can file a claim with the Bureau of Labor and Industries as well as file grievances. Please help us by stepping forward and documenting this problem!
Critical Care Division
- Stewards needed in Critical Care. We currently have one steward in the ICU, but we need more staff nurses as Stewards in these units. Our goal is to have one nurse on each unit and shift. Please contact Molly O’Donnell, Sally LaJoie or any ONA officer if you would like more information. Your participation makes a difference!
- During 2013 contract negotiations, critical care nurses mobilized to sign petitions objecting to the medical center's proposal to require floating on all extra shifts. We presented these petitions to management in negotiations in 2014. We are pleased to report that the unity of these nurses helped us prevent the changes the Medical Center proposed, and the option to float will remain within the control of the nurse signing up for an extra shift. Thank you for your activities to protect your working conditions!
Health Insurance Updates
Providence Officially Announced Flu Season Dec. 29. We were able to negotiate some improvements to the original masking policy. For more information, check out our September-December newsletters below.
Past Negotiations Archives
Social Media a Growing Issue for Employees and Employers
Due to technical problems, the use of these badges has been discontinued. We have kept this as a standing agenda item on the joint Labor Management Task Force Agenda. As of yet, there are no announced plans to reintroduced these badges.
Resource Nurse Information Center
To read a clear guide of the process for calculating resource seniority, please read this document which was created in 2010 after the resource nurses voted to be included in the contract along with FTE nurses. We think this will answer your questions
Agreement reached between ONA and Providence St. Vincent about Requirements for Nurse Licensure Renewals and Discipline.
- The attendance policy has been an ongoing concern for nurses and administration. For a summary from past newsletters, please click here
- We reached a compromise in our 2011 negotiations which made the policy less rigid. To see that change, please refer to Art. VII of your contract.”
- However, even though we reached a compromise, any corrective action issued under the policy must still have "proper cause.” If you have received a corrective action under this policy that you do not believe is fair, please contact your grievance committee representative, steward, officer, or labor representative