You should have received notification from Meriter that they will be implementing a mandatory flu vaccination program beginning this year.
Your SEIU RN Bargaining Team negotiated over how this program will be implemented. We created safeguards for those of you who need to opt out of the program for various reasons as well as those of you who don’t.
Here is what you need to know:
If you have any questions regarding the program or how to obtain an exemption, please contact a Nurses’ Council member or call your Union Staff Representative, Dana Dumbacher at 608-277-1199 ext. 12 or email at: email@example.com
Meriter has gone on the record that the average RN at Meriter makes $95,000 a year. We know this to be untrue.
If they’re playing guessing games with how much their core workforce is making, take a moment to guess how much the chief executives at Meriter make!
Options: A. $855,387 B. $351,975 C. $391,627 D. $490,022 E. $199,349 F. $60,000
Look for the answers next week! We’ll see you at bargaining on September 9th and 10th so you can show Management why they need to value their award-winning RNs.
Here are a few accomplishments:
|Ban on mandatory overtime
12 hour shifts
Every third weekend off
Rotating shifts limited to 2 shift rotations
3 months leave for child rearing
Short-term medical disability
The Weekender Program
Floating task force
Limiting floating to clusters & eliminate house-wide floating
Holiday & Vacation guidelines
Unit floating guidelines
Affordable health insurance with excellent coverage
Scheduling Solutions Committee
Job posting guidelines
Work Design Teams
|Permanent shifts (15% straight days)
No changes to posted schedule
25 years weekends off
22 years no holidays and decrease call
ET cash out
Per Diem Program
PRN nurse Program
Variable FTE Program
Award-winning quality care by award-winning nurses
OR Call Bonus
OR Coordinator Pay
Wage steps based on seniority
Weekend shift differentials & Double Shift Stipend
Time and a half for working your off weekend
Those are just some of the many accomplishment we have achieved over the years.For over 30 years, the Meriter RNs have stood strong together, and in doing so have made Meriter and its patients better, happier, and healthier. Your bargaining team would like to say thank you for standing strong together yet again. We’ll be back at the bargaining table with all of you on September 9th and 10th.
Yesterday, Meriter RNs voted to reject by 90% of the vote, Meriter Hospital’s final bargaining proposal which could decrease the quality of care patients receive.
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin represents 720 RNs at Meriter Hospital who are standing strong at the bargaining table. As nurses, they want to ensure that they can provide the highest quality of care for every current and future patient. In the proposals put forth by Meriter, Meriter will want more “flexibility” with their staffing such as being able to ‘float’ nurses to different, unfamiliar floors and not providing nurses with an adequate voice in staffing based on complex patient healthcare needs.
Other proposals included:
Management’s final offer includes items like a layoff procedure that would leave agency working while other RNs are being laid off. In the midst of a layoff, if you don’t have a specific “skill set” as determined by Meriter, you won’t be able to be placed on a different unit. Probationary RNs would be working while you are laid off in Meriter’s system. With the talk of “partnership”, it is important that we protect RNs in the event of a layoff or mass hour reduction.
That’s not all. Other proposals include:
No agreement has been reached because your bargaining team cannot endorse proposals like this, nor should you. This vote is very different from those in the past. Vote and have your own voice be heard.
Legislators throughout Wisconsin have been showing their support for Meriter Nurses and our efforts to achieve a fair and balanced collective bargaining agreement.
Most recently, the Dane County Board unanimously passed a resolution in support of the Meriter Nurses at their last meeting on July 18th. This will go on the record with the County Board and be sent directly to Meriter Hospital.
Additionally, several Wisconsin Senators and Representatives signed a joint letter supporting the Meriter Nurses. The signatories included Sen. Fred Risser, Sen. Jon Erpenbach, Sen. Mark Miller, Rep. Chris Taylor, Rep. Melissa Sargent, Rep. Terese Berceau, Rep. Fred Clark, Rep. Sondy Pope, Rep. Dianne Hesselbein, Rep. Brett Hulsey, Rep. Gary Hebl, and Rep. Robb Kahl.
Please follow the link here to read the full text of the Dane County Board Resolution or click here to read the collective letter signed by Wisconsin State Senators and Representatives.
The community is continuing to stand strong with its nurses.