The Earth Socialist Internet Web-site obtained the subsequent letter from a nurse at the Providence St. Vincent Health-related Center outside the house of Portland, Oregon. The hospital’s 1,600 nurses have been working with out a deal for 6 months against requires by administration to acknowledge very low shell out, continuing staffing shortages, a absence of hazard pay out and insultingly lower benefits.
The Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) has worked overtime in an try to power as a result of a sellout deal. The union introduced a tentative settlement on June 4 that accepts the fundamental demands of the corporation, such as wage raises decrease than inflation, no retroactive fork out, very little to no further paid time off, and decreased gains. The tentative settlement introduced to nurses by the ONA also does not address the hospital’s staffing disaster.
The letter expresses the outrage of nurses at equally management and the union for presenting the sellout agreement to the membership. It also makes obvious that the only legitimate way ahead is as a result of the development of a Providence Nurses Rank-and-File Committee to elaborate demands for a strike, these kinds of as steep wage improves, mandated prepared necessities for harmless staffing ratios, advancements to place of work conditions such as guaranteed breaks, suitable paid time off and retroactive pay back.
We invite other nurses at Providence St. Vincent and throughout the state to compose to us about the conditions they facial area as a end result of the ongoing social disaster and the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The Providence St. Vincent tentative agreement is terrible. In 20 many years of contracts at St. Vincent, retroactive pay back has usually been bundled in the agreement. It was not included in the tentative agreement. Rather, they offered a measly reward that will be closely taxed and then divided it up into two elements in hopes that the nurses won’t all get the reward and promptly give up, should this negative contract be ratified.
Soon after above a calendar year of advantage signaling about diversity and equity and how it was so important to Providence that they last but not least acknowledge Martin Luther King Day as an official holiday break, it’s not even shown in the tentative agreement as an official acknowledged holiday (Write-up VI, part A). MLK Day is a footnote stating that if you function that day, you get paid out time and a 50 percent, but if that takes place to be your frequent working day off, you really don’t get the accompanying use of a getaway to utilize 30 days ahead of or immediately after the holiday. It’s nearly like Providence doesn’t definitely contemplate it a serious vacation.
In Write-up XIV–Professional Growth, area D, the union fought to get nurses funds for continuing schooling reasons. The tentative settlement now displays the addition that we will only be reimbursed revenue “in accordance with organizational criteria for business travel.” These organizational standards for business journey are protected in Plan Stat ID #8684883, and are meant for government business vacation on behalf of Providence. They include things like needs for use of a particular vacation internet site and software for and use of the Providence American Categorical card for all expenditures.
Not a single team nurse has at any time been asked to utilize this plan ahead of Main Nursing Officer Tina Mammone demanded it even though heading by way of deal negotiations at the stop of very last calendar year. The language in this portion now expressly forbids getting reimbursement for breakfast, lunch or supper for any remote course get the job done completed because we really should have foods at household and really should not have a want to purchase out. Providence actually just wants to pinch pennies and limit us on how considerably reimbursement we can acquire so that they can hold creating funds.
There is no language in the deal that involves training time for all nurses on how to abide by this business vacation plan. Providence won’t agree to raise the accrual fees for Paid Time Off/Vacation time. They want to pawn off a single PTO/Trip dump of 20 hours as fantastic sufficient when Oregon Health and fitness & Science College (OHSU) and Kaiser Permanente offer you bigger accrual premiums. The wage increases proposed would still leave numerous nurses underneath costs of OHSU and Kaiser contracts.
Providence continue to doesn’t identify or pay out an improved wage for people registered nurses who have a bachelor’s degree. OHSU pays those people with higher degrees additional per hour, and Legacy Overall health gives a year-finish bonus for people with greater levels centered on how numerous hrs they labored in the course of the 12 months. The tentative agreement does not deal with overall health care prices, decreased deductibles and out-of-pocket maximums. In point, the tentative arrangement exclusively states that Providence can increase our health insurance premiums by roughly 7 per cent in 2023 and by 8 % in 2024.
All round, I and numerous of my colleagues will be voting no on June 20th.