Sometimes, the hospital calls nurses and cancels for the first 4 hours of the shift, only to call them again in a few hours to cancel the rest of the day. Not only does this decrease the take home pay of the nurse, but it limits their ability to work a second job on that day, an option many have, or make other plans, because they are unsure if they are working a partial day or not.
While this is not ideal, I hope it will decrease the number of canceled shifts, increase the use of "on call" with compensation, and allow those who are canceled to work another job for the day or make other plans, knowing they do not have to wait 4 hours to see if they need to report to work. In short, I hope it leads to increased retention of good, experience nurses, which is good for us, management, and most importantly, our patients.
Another grievance, on single day vacations, will be going to arbitration in February.
Our argument is that although contract language says we must submit 4 weeks in advance for vacation, the intent was clear from negotiation notes that this was meant to be 4 weeks minimum.
Recently a nurse was placed on administrative leave for a week pending an investigation of an incident. I am happy to report that we represented her and she is back to work with full back pay.
On a personal note I want to express my sympathy to the families and friends of the Webster NY firefighters who were killed responding to a fire. Firefighters and all EMS workers put their lives on the line daily to protect us. To have to face this kind of violence while on such a mission is unacceptable. Violence like this is always unacceptable.
Violence against EMS, school workers, health care workers, and others who dedicate themselves to the service of others must end.
2012 was a year that found us struggling for a first contract and achieving it. It found us dealing with growing pains as a Local.
As we enter 2013, we will continue to look for common ground with management, looking for solutions that benefit all involved, management, workers, and patients. There are many changes coming to health care and we must stay up on them, and we must stay united in our belief that what benefits health care workers, benefits our patients.