Well I'm a member of the California Nurses Association ... this is an article about the contract we just signed.
--26.5% over five years plus an additional 3% for hundreds of RNs and NPs who have worked 30 years at Kaiser.
--On retirement security, Kaiser agreed to provide full post-retirement medical benefits for all Kaiser RNs and NPs and their families - with no co-payments - for anyone with 15 years of service or more in Kaiser.
--One example is stronger language in the agreement on safe staffing. Kaiser agreed to include the specific RN-to-patient ratios, a state law that the hospital industry and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger have sought to reverse, in the contract, and a requirement that any dispute over the day-to-day application of the ratios be submitted to an arbitrator for binding resolution.
--Model of Care language, RN as Coordinator of Care, delegates tasks to LVNs
--No patient assignment for Inpatient and ED Charge Nurses
--Guarantee "zero-lift" policy for safe patient handling at all times in hospitals
--No floating of preceptee during preceptorship
--Preceptor/preceptee share a single assignment
--focus on building Float Pools to eliminate involuntary floating
--If new clinical skills, procedures, technologies required, appropriate education is provided
--CNA agreed to the Employer's $5 office visit co-pay, effective 4/1/07
--Increase pension multiplier to 1.45% per year of credited service, 1/1/07
--Increase annual dental cap to $1200 for each family member/dependent,
--Expand eligibility for orthodontic benefit to dependents up to age 25
--All RNs/NPs can be reimbursed costs for one voluntary certification
--6%, 5.5%, 5%, 5%, 5% effective first pay period of each year beginning January 2007
--No cancellation permanent feature of contract