NEW YORK NURSE: January/February 2012
by Mark Genovese
There were no givebacks in a new three-year contract for the 350 RNs at this North Shore/LIJ facility, approved Nov. 5, 2011. The RNs will receive total salary increases of 5% during the contract term, plus two lump-sum bonuses of 2% each, in addition to anniversary step movement. The RNs’ pension plans and health coverage remain the same, but the monthly premium maximum for family coverage will be capped at $100.
A program to create 10-hour shifts is a part of a new three-year contract for the 21 RNs at this Utica agency. Approved Nov. 28, 2011, the contract will provide a total salary increase of 9%. The contract will also allow the starting time of an RN’s day to be changed upon agreement with the employer in order to accommodate patient-care needs. Options for healthcare coverage were also expanded.
RNs at this Brooklyn hospital retained their top-level NYSNA health, pension, and retiree health benefits in a new three-year contract approved Dec. 12, 2011. Salaries will increase a total of 3% over the life of the contract, the RNs will be able to participate in the medical center’s flexible spending account, and as a result of a concerted effort to document occurrences of short-staffing, the RNs protected the contract’s RN-to-patient ratios from being weakened.
A provision to help RNs who are impacted by workplace violence is included in a new three-year contract for the nine RNs at this Queens facility, approved Dec. 13, 2011. If an RN is assaulted while on the job, the contract will provide for three months of health coverage in addition to the three already provided by the employer. Wages will increase by a total of 7%, plus a $3,100 lump-sum payment for 2011.
A new three-year contract, approved on Dec. 19, 2011, will provide the 1,041 RNs with the best of the healthcare packages under the NYSNA Benefits Fund and retain their current pension plan. Staffing guidelines were strengthened by focusing them only on RNs. Increases to base salaries will equal 7.1%, including a $1,500 increase to base and two 2.5% increases. Experience steps will be added to the top of the scale in both 2012 and 2013, providing an additional $1,100 each. NYSNA representatives will also have access to an RN lounge to conduct on-site membership meetings.
Ratified on Dec. 19, 2011, a new contract for the six RNs at this Catskill nursing home retains fully paid individuals and family health insurance coverage. Wages will increase 3% over the contract’s three years, management will provide a partial match for the defined contribution pension plan, and there will be provisions for helping practitioners with impairment problems.
Through their determination and persistence, the six RNs in this Southwestern New York bargaining unit prevailed after a four-year struggle to win a new seven-year contract. The contract, approved Dec. 20, 2011, will increase salaries for the public health nurses by 16% over the term of the agreement, including retroactivity and a .5% increase upon ratification.
A new three-year contract, approved Dec. 28, 2011, will continue to provide the 79 RNs at this New Hyde Park nursing home and rehabilitation center with health insurance under the NYSNA plan and retiree health benefits. The RNs will be able to participate in the institute’s flexible spending account. Salaries will increase 3% over the life of the contract and RNs will continue to be eligible for a referral bonus and an insurance opt-out incentive.
Including a provision to improve employee safety, a new agreement for the 31 RNs in this Capital Region county will allow on-call employees to use their personal vehicles instead of having to drive to the county office building to pick up a county car in order to make a client visit. The 31 RNs will receive a 2.5% salary increase over the contract’s four years, plus a $500 payment for 2012. The contract was approved on Jan. 3, 2012.
Ratified on Jan. 20, 2012, this four-year contract will improve staffing guidelines and enforcement provisions. The contract maintains NYSNA health and pension benefits for the 219 RNs of this Bethpage community hospital, and RNs will be reimbursed for premium payments. Experience step and base rate increases over four years will total 11.6%. In addition, steps were added to the experience scale, retirement health benefits were increased, and workplace violence provisions were improved.