More Work Needed by SEIU to find Their Fair Share of $200 Million in Cost Savings
SEIU presented their economic counter proposal, continuing to disregard the challenging economic reality Swedish is facing. The Union’s counter proposal only reduces their original wage increases by one percent in year’s two and three, which is nowhere close to a fair share. Swedish looks forward to seeing a realistic economic proposal from SEIU that puts forward a shared attempt at savings, not significant cost increases.
Swedish Proposes Processes to Ensure Employee Rest Breaks
SEIU responded to Swedish’s rest break proposal by recognizing the proactive attempt by management to ensure that all employees get their much deserved rest breaks. The goal of Swedish’s proposal is to create a procedure to ensure that all employees get their rest breaks while ensuring the best quality patient care. There is no “one size fits all” policy because various units and departments need the flexibility to find the right solution and practice for their unit.
Additional Proposals to Clarify Language and Update Contracts
Swedish presented a counter proposal to create more equitable and standardized practices for callback procedures. A second counter proposal would improve efficiency and timeliness of grievance procedures. A new proposal would formalize the graduate nurse role within the Nurse Residency program. Further clarification was provided on a proposal outlining the Nursing Staffing Committee. Swedish agreed to share their nursing strategic plan annually.
Progress on Healthcare Benefits
The health care benefits subcommittee has been hard at work and making good progress on redesigning the health care plan. The benefits issues will be discussed at the next bargaining session on August 23.
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