To our membership,
SNA met with Hospital representatives today. The Hospital representatives asked whether anything had changed from SNA’s perspective concerning the Hospital’s Last, Best and Final offer dated 7/30/2014. SNA responded that the Hospital has our response of 11/1/2013.
After a break, the Hospital Team withdrew their LBF and then presented a new package proposal to SNA.
This package proposal includes all of the takeaways that were in the LBF - updated for expired dates plus four new major takeaways:
§ Decreased PTO accrual for Nurses with years of service less than 10 years. Nurses currently at 15+ years are Grandfathered. And PTO would be capped at 10 years of service. Nurses 0-10 years of service will lose 2-5 days of PTO. Effective October 1, 2014.
§ Disability Reserve (sick time) eliminated as of October 1, 2014. Instead, the Hospital offers a voluntary short term disability that Nurses can purchase. This would pay 65% of Nurses’ income after one week of illness minus what the Nurse receives from SDI, which in some cases may be equal to the 65% of the Nurses’ income. In other words you may be buying very little in the way of wages.
§ Decreased retirement contributions from the Hospital to the 401a at 25 and 30 years of service: Maximum of 8%.
§ Retiree Medical benefit eliminated as of 1/1/2015.
The Hospital representatives stressed that these proposals are generated by the health system and apply to all St. Joseph facilities in California. When questioned about proposing these cuts in the face of huge Hospital operating margins, they responded that they are not looking at the Hospital but at the whole system.
Although some of these benefit reductions are proposed to be changed or eliminated on October 1, 2014, the Hospital must negotiate these proposals before they can implement them.
We will be scheduling another date to meet with the Hospital in October.
The SNA Team will be evaluating the new package proposed by the Hospital to determine its impact and implications.
SNA membership meetings will be held on Friday, September 26 at 1, 4 and 5:30pm at the United Methodist Church on Montgomery Drive(just down the street from the Hospital).
Please plan to be there as we have much to discuss and bring your new Nurse friends.
Thank You, the SNA Board