3 nursing unions in NJ negotiating new contracts - page 3

HI, just so you all know there are 3 nursing unions in NJ negotiating new contracts at this time. Many have the same issues, competitive salaries, pensions, medical retirement benefits, staffing. ... Read More

  1. by   -jt
    <<Registered nurse Karen Carey, a negotiating committee member, said yesterday the new contract was "some progress" but "did not come near compensating us what we are worth."
    She cited "salary compensation and the pension" as areas of progress. But the nurses lost the hospital-match component of the defined contribution pension plan, and the contract failed to adjust "nonfinancial pieces," Carey said. These "nonfinancial" issues include workplace violence against nurses and the "floating" or shifting of experienced nurses to unfamiliar units, Carey explained. Registered nurse Jim Reardon, another committee member, was more critical of the settlement. Of the four priorities -- adequate second- and third-year wage increases; a defined benefit pension plan combined with a defined contribution plan that includes a hospital-match component; a medical stipend for retirees; and three 12-hour shifts per week with full-time benefits -- none was completely and satisfactorily resolved, he said. "It fell short," Reardon said. "We did not get one core issue addressed.">>


    So why did the nurses accept an inadequate contract after rejecting two others that were also inadequate? I dont get it. I think we should stop doing strikes and just give a 10 day notice for an effective mass resignation date. Get their attention once and for all.
  2. by   lee1
    Originally posted by -jt
    <<Registered nurse Karen Carey, a negotiating committee member, said yesterday the new contract was "some progress" but "did not come near compensating us what we are worth."
    She cited "salary compensation and the pension" as areas of progress. But the nurses lost the hospital-match component of the defined contribution pension plan, and the contract failed to adjust "nonfinancial pieces," Carey said. These "nonfinancial" issues include workplace violence against nurses and the "floating" or shifting of experienced nurses to unfamiliar units, Carey explained. Registered nurse Jim Reardon, another committee member, was more critical of the settlement. Of the four priorities -- adequate second- and third-year wage increases; a defined benefit pension plan combined with a defined contribution plan that includes a hospital-match component; a medical stipend for retirees; and three 12-hour shifts per week with full-time benefits -- none was completely and satisfactorily resolved, he said. "It fell short," Reardon said. "We did not get one core issue addressed.">>


    So why did the nurses accept an inadequate contract after rejecting two others that were also inadequate? I dont get it. I think we should stop doing strikes and just give a 10 day notice for an effective mass resignation date. Get their attention once and for all.
    Let me understand. Have you seen this idea work anyplace else??? You take the vote, your votes agree that you go on strike and then EVERYONE just resigns. From what I can tell as a negoitiator for the first time-------the strike is the only threat that brings the hospital back to the table for further negotiations. Believe me most nurses really did NOT want to strike they were just looking for a better contract. The last strike vote did not gain that much-------better language for 3 12 hr shift but still NOT full benefits (medical insurance, vacation, sicktime), better salary 2nd year,

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