St. Joe's Update: Working Under an Expired Contract
The bargaining committee has decided to let the St. Joe’s RN contract expire. We have made this decision due to the number of issues still on the bargaining table, and due to the fact that the Employer did not come to the table prepared to address the issues related to staffing, including employee retention, floating, and shift rotation.
The employer seems focused on trying to reach an agreement quickly, rather than taking the time to address the issues currently faced by St. Joe’s employees and improving conditions for RNs at the Hospital.
In addition, the employer has come to the table with many concessions, and so many unreasonable proposals.
What does this mean?
The main impact is that the arbitration provision no longer applies. We can still arbitrate cases over the following items:
- Grievances filed while the contract was still in effect
- Grievances over events that occurred prior to expiration
- Grievances over rights that accrued under an expired agreement
For grievances over new matters, the employer has a duty to discuss the matter and supply information.
Does this mean we will go on strike?
We now have the ability to go on strike, after providing a ten day notice (legally required for health care facilities). The bargaining committee is committed to bargaining in good faith with the Employer to reach an agreement. We want to address the issues that were raised by members in the bargaining surveys.
A strike is a last resort, and we will only consider that option once we have had the opportunity to fully bargain with the hospital.
What about other provisions of the contract?
Labor law is clear that the employer must maintain the “status quo” including written agreements and consistent past practices. If there is a change in benefits or practice, we have the ability to file charges at the National Labor Relations Board.
General Membership Meeting
We look forward to seeing you at the next General membership meeting.
Wednesday, September 9, 6:30 PM
1900 Sweet Home Rd.
Amherst, NY 14228