Swedish wants to partner with the union to ensure employees get their breaks
Like SEIU, Swedish believes rest breaks are vital to the health and safety of our employees and patients. We also recognize it can be a challenge to take a break when it’s busy.
However, we believe SEIU’s proposal for additional pay for missed breaks does not address the whole issue and may even encourage employees to work straight through their shift without stopping to rest, putting both employees and patients at risk.
That’s why Swedish has proposed working with SEIU to find a more comprehensive solution that will ensure employees consistently get their breaks. We are committed to setting up a system working collaboratively with SEIU that would make this possible.
If you feel you are unable to take your breaks, please notify your manager or charge nurse immediately.
Swedish's Current Dependability Policy Is Very Generous
Allows equivalent of 28 days of unscheduled absences per year
In light of recent SEIU flyers that say Swedish discourages employees from calling in sick, we want to provide accurate information about our dependability policy.
Our current policy is very generous, allowing four occurrences of up to seven days per year. This is the equivalent of 28 days of unscheduled absences every 12 months. Further, our policy does not count Family Care Leave (WFCA), FMLA (continuous or intermittent), time loss for workers compensation, any reasonable accommodation for a qualifying disability, or pre-approved scheduled absences such as medical or dental appointments against dependability.
This “no fault” policy allows managers to not have to subjectively assess whether someone is really sick. We believe this is the right thing to do for the health and safety of our employees and patients, and we are committed to keeping this policy in place.