“As of today our team has delivered 15 substantial proposals. We’ve reached 5 Tentative Agreements (TAs) which include: a legally binding grievance procedure & the right to have union meetings in conference rooms! But management has not responded to many of our proposals – that’s why we need you to show that you back what we’re proposing by signing the petition.”
– Bob Eldredge Supply Chain Specialist
“Bargaining is going well, we’re on track with our timeline and we’re following it pretty well. We’re moving on the smaller issue things and looking to address the big issue items including staffing and healthcare. We’re aiming to get through all our proposals by the end of the year and are working on getting management moving on that.”
– Lori Quinn EVS
“The support from the doctors, nurses, and coworkers in our union has been amazing and continues to show. This petition is another way that shows we mean business and are together in this. This won’t just benefit our members. It will benefit our patients and ensure they get the quality care they deserve. Management is speechless when they see what we can accomplish in such a short amount of time.”
– Olga Aguilar CNA
“I’m very pleased that we’ve reached a tentative agreement on grievance procedures. Now we will have a specific procedure to follow. There will be a time frame, as well, in which the issue will need to be resolved. The problem can’t just drag on and on. We also won’t have to deal with a grievance on our own – we have our union for help and support.”
– Chris Tonry Admitting
Our bargaining team has made 15 proposals for contract language to management so far. Of those, we have tentatively agreed to 5 of them. Most importantly, we’ve agreed to a fair workplace grievance procedure – which means in the event of a disagreement with management, an issue goes to a neutral 3rd party arbitrator to be decided. We are waiting to hear back from management on our other proposals, which include:
- A fair discipline & discharge process
- Equality of employment opportunity
- Employee status & seniority rights
- Employment security & rights for employees if there is a lay-off or restructure
- Protecting our rights if Peachealth were to sell to another company
- Hours of work and overtime – including returning consecutive weekend pay, overtime after a shift and other improvements.
- Premium pay & differentials
- Free parking and discounted employee meals
We also plan a proposal around improving PTO accrual to bring fairness across the Peacehealth system. Our research has shown that other Peacehealth locations are accruing PTO at higher rates than here at Sacred Heart.
Support a fair contract by signing the petition
Talk to a CAT or Bargaining Team member to sign!
Next Bargaining Session is Wednesday, October 21st!
Our SEIU member leaders from Sacred Heart in Eugene/Springfield OR, St. John in Longview WA, and St. Joseph in Bellingham WA.
As we kicked-off bargaining, we demonstrated just how strong we are together. While our bargaining team made up of 40 frontline caregivers sat down with management, workers across our hospital showed their support by wearing stickers and signing up to be members. Today, our membership is at 70% and growing. More bargaining sessions to come – Stay Tuned For Updates!
Caregivers across PeaceHealth are standing up and making real differences for ourselves and our patients. With the recent contract victory at PeaceHealth St. Joseph’s in Bellingham, caregivers have raises, ways to improve staffing concerns and respect for our union. At our medical center we continue building our strength, as department after department signs membership cards build our contract action team, and nominates our bargaining team.
St. Joseph New Contract Highlights:
- 6% raises over next 16 months plus guaranteed annual wage increases on anniversary of hire date
- Wage increases to match years of service (All employees with same experience level will be increased to same pay through contract)
- Pay Differentials on top of hourly wages (Per diem differential, certification differential, Preceptor pay, etc.)
- Staffing improvements with Mandatory rest time off
- All caregivers to receive overtime at time and one-half for time worked after 8,10 and 12 hr shifts
“It’s up to us to get back high standards of care at PeaceHealth. We’ve got to be willing to stand up together. With our union we know we have a voice – so sign your membership cards!“
“I’m not surprised we’re at a super majority of people in our department signing union membership cards. I think it is important to take the time to answer questions, to be clear and concise and include as many people as possible. This is something we need to fight for, it’s not just going to happen.“
IMPORTANT NEXT STEPS!
- Sign our membership cards – We’re making great progress with some deparments including ORTHO, Materials Management and Oncology all reporting more that 70% sign-ups. Sign yours today!
- Nominating our bargaining team – Bargaining Nominations are due July 31st! Connect with a CAT Team member, Committee member or supporter to nominate yourself or someone you know. Bargaining Team Training Will Take place on August 1 (9am – 2pm)
FOR MORE INFORMATION Reach out to an organizer by calling 541-726-2454 to learn more.
524 YES to 367! We’re a union now, standing together. Time to put patients and caregivers first! More news on next steps early next week!