Negotiations continue on several issues with scheduled dates to move toward structured mediation process
Swedish and SEIU continued negotiations on several issues including: graduate RNs, low census, SMC and Swedish Edmonds employee transitions, and definition of the preceptor program. The union also proposed a pilot program adding two FTEs for a Lifting Education and Assistance Team (LEAT) as well as a new Joint Process Improvement Project (JPIP) with a goal of identifying and eliminating waste.
Mediation is a voluntary, non-binding process aimed at assisting both sides at reaching agreement. Larry Fox, a labor mediation expert who has worked with Swedish and SEIU in the past to resolve issues, will lead these mediation sessions. Mediation is scheduled for October 10, 11 and 12.
Two or three bargaining sessions are also scheduled in the next few weeks. We hope to resolve most non-economic issues prior to mediation on October 10.
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