NEW YORK NURSE: October 2012
There will be no changes in retirement and health insurance provisions, except for a minimal increase in prescription copays, for RNs employed by Cayuga County under a new three-year contract approved in August. RNs will receive salary increases totaling 2.5% over the life of the agreement. RNs who don’t use their paid personal leave days before the end of a year, will be paid 35% of the unused portion – instead of losing the time entirely. The contract also expands RNs’ rights to notification in the event of a layoff. Provisions were established to help healthcare professionals whose practice is impaired by drug and alcohol dependence.
RNs at this North Country facility won crucial provisions to address workplace violence in their new two-year agreement, approved in August. The RNs won a commitment from management to conduct quarterly site visits and have regular meetings with NYSNA representatives to review safety conditions. The contract reduces employee premium contribution for both two-person and family coverage by 5% and sets a flat dollar premium for individual health insurance coverage. RNs received a $600 lump sum to cover out-of-pocket expenses. The contract also increases salaries by a total of 5% by January 2014, plus step increases. It includes increases in call-pay for premium holidays, a guarantee of three hours at premium pay if called in, a 30% increase in education differential for a bachelor’s degree and a 45% increase for a master’s degree.
A new three-year contract for RNs at this Smithtown facility, approved Sept. 10, will maintain the current level of health insurance benefits and freeze premiums through January 2015. The contract includes stricter staffing guidelines, improves retirement health benefits, and adds steps to the experience scale. It provides for a total salary increase of 5.75%, plus experience step increases, and increases for per diem rates, tuition reimbursement, and differentials for education, certification, charge, and on-call. Rewards for unused sick time were also increased.
After a hard-fought battle against an aggressively anti-union employer, Jersey nurses at Shore Memorial Contract have ratified a new three year deal that includes a two percent raise in Dec. 2012 and Dec. 2013, plus step increases those same years. Other improvements include protections against shift cancellations and improvements to floating procedures.