Over the weekend, we worked with management to draft an agreement that creates a new incentive pay structure for caregivers who work bonus shifts in certain highly impacted short-staffed areas of the hospital. More information on this agreement will be released soon.
We met with Amy Brown this morning and with HR separately this afternoon to discuss the hospital’s current response to Covid-19 and to bargain the effects of Covid-19 on PECSH caregiver working conditions, pay, and benefits. This afternoon we provided HR with a 15-point proposal outlining our demands to protect PECSH caregivers who are exposed or potentially exposed to Covid-19, and are now awaiting management’s response. The measures we proposed are urgently necessary to protect our patients and ourselves, keeping us healthy and able to work. Our proposal includes the following key elements:
We have contract extension negotiations currently scheduled for this Wednesday, March 18. We have requested that we redesign these sessions to continue exchanging proposals on Covid-19 and delay negotiations on an extension until we have an agreement in place on Covid-19 effects. We are waiting for a response from management.
We have begun compiling a list of questions from PECSH caregivers, and we are working with hospital leadership to get answers to these questions ASAP. To view the questions that we have collected from caregivers but have not yet been able to fully answer, sign in to MemberLink and look for the file "PECSH-MNA Covid-19 Caregiver Concerns and Questions 3/16/2020" If there are unresolved Covid-19 specific issues that are impacting you or your work area that are not addressed here, please email them to us: PECSHcovid19@minurses.org