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The results are in from our SEIU Contract vote — we did it!
For months, SEIU members at UHS facilities stood together as we worked our way through the bargaining process. You didn’t give up even though we kept hearing “no” from management when we sat down to work out a fair contract.
We didn’t give up and we didn’t take no for an answer. Last night the ballots were counted and we ratified our 2013 SEIU contract — the vote was overwhelming.
Ninety-four percent of us said YES to:
Through our contract, we have a unique opportunity for us to improve our work conditions, contribute in a way that allows us to advocate for our patients and secure benefits that are appropriate for our families’ needs.
We are proud to provide the best care to our patients. We finished strong and won a stronger contract but our jobs are not done. We need to make sure our union is strong, growing and ready to take on future challenges. If you are interested in getting involved in your union, please let us know.
Congratulations and thank you,
SEIU Local 1107 Vice President: Sherri Hauser (Desert Springs Hospital)
SEIU Local 1107 Vice President: MIchelle Phillips (Valley Medical Hospital)
Chief Nursing Steward: Scott Armstrong (Desert Springs Hodpital)
Chief Ancillary Steward: Michelle Clouthier (Desert Springs Hospital)
Chief Nursing Steward: Lynda Wilcox (Valley Medical Hospital)
SEIU Nevada unites healthcare workers in our commitment to provide the safest and highest quality of care for our patients and the public we serve. Our history in defending our bedside staff and protecting our patients has been at the very principal of our organizing the healthcare systems throughout the state. As well, we have built a Healthcare Committee that not only brings together nurses but all the ancillary staff throughout the hospitals and from around the Silver State.
We conducted Statewide Healthcare Summits to address the current healthcare crisis in our state. Last year, in our Healthcare Workers 2012 Summit, we reviewed our universal frustration with staffing levels within our facilities and our lack of enforcement power. We put forward a staffing bill that we felt would address both issues. We renewed our efforts to implement state-wide minimum staffing ratios to address the staffing level and the protection of our patients. We kicked things off by collecting hundreds of Assignment Despite Objection forms which supported our cause for a great need for legislative change.
Senate Bill 362
In our efforts to ensure patients receive quality care, we sought sponsorship and support for a Minimum Nurse Staffing Ratios Bill. Staffing Ratios has been a long standing battle between SEIU Nurses and hospital administrations not only in Nevada but throughout the country. A Safe Staffing Bill would have required hospitals to create an acuity system and annual staffing plan, including minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, and provide for penalties if such ratios are not met. In Nevada, we have submitted Staffing Bills in 2003, 2007 and in 2009.
We still believe staffing is the right solution. Although we were able to make tremendous gains and secure groundbreaking legislation, unfortunately, we did not win Senate Bill 362 in its original format. However, after a long drawn out debate, Senator Spearman found a common interest with all parties to increased protection of the patients and the staff who cares for them.
SB 362 Will:
· Establish the power within the Staffing Committees for health care workers to set the matrixes for all the units in order to provide quality patient care.
· Develop the necessary policies to ensure the hospitals adhere to the established matrixes.
· Identify how Nurses and Certified Nursing Assistants ARE PROTECTED from retaliation if they exercise their right to refuse an assignment.
· Reiterates provisions already in Nevada Administrative Code NAC 632 that authorizes RNs and CNAs the right to refuse an assignment.
· Establishes investigations, penalties and fines for medical facilities that do not develop and implement staffing plans.
· SB 362 authorizes the Health Division to oversee at the Staffing committees, policies, and patient ratios as part of the medical facilities licensing process.
· Note RNs and CNAs who are in labor unions already have additional provisions in their negotiated contract to utilize Acceptance Despite Objection Forms – Now SB 362 gives that right to everyone whether they are in a Union or not!
• Under SB 362, we will have a neutral entity, the Nevada Division of Health, overseeing and logging the complaints. We increased our powers within our Staffing Committees, hospitals will have to develop appropriate matrixes and nursing care requirements for each unit and tie these provisions to the licensing processes of our facilities in Clark and Washoe County.
A big thank you to our President Al Martinez and the many RN and healthcare leaders and professionals who advocated on behalf of this bill. We are pleased the Governor has signed this groundbreaking legislation and look forward to being part of the implementation and part of the solution!
SEIU members have shown strong support for Senate Bill 362, SEIU’s Patient Protection and Safe Staffing Bill. Members testified speaking directly of the challenges they encounter when they are forced to treat too many patients at once. We provided testimony about hospital readmissions and how our hospitals will continue to be penalized for providing poor quality care. We spoke from the heart and from our profession to get lawmakers to understand just how critical having patient protections in place is. We submitted a petition with over 1,400 supporters. We submitted studies and research and stats.
OUR HARD WORK IS PAYING OFF! With the help and dedication of Senator Spearman, we passed Senate Bill 362 out of the Senate Finance Committee. We expect by the end of the week for the bill to pass the Senate floor. The next hurdle will be a hearing in the Assembly Health and Human Services Committee. Though the bill does not contain specific ratio, groundbreaking additions have been made that will significantly strengthen current statute and add statute that applies to both to RNs and CNAs.
Call to Action! Call or email your State Legislators. Let them know this legislation is a crucial step towards better Staffing Levels and not only good for bedside hospital staff but for our entire community. Send an email. Go to http://www.leg.state.nv.us/Session/77th2013/legislators/ to find email addresses of your representatives. Be sure to include the bill number, SB 362, or topic of your comments in the subject line. Be brief and be clear about what you like or don’t like. Or call, Northern Nevada: 1-775-684-6800 OR 1-775-684-6789 – Southern Nevada: 1-702-486-2626
SEIU members expressed the need for change in the two hospitals to improve patient care. Specifically, three proposals were unveiled:
Surgical ICU 1:2 Critical Care Unit 1:2
Medical ICU 1:2 Intensive Care Unit 1:2
ER 1:3 Clinical Decision Unit:1:5
Critical Care 1:2 Labor & Delivery 1:2
Well Baby Nursery 1:6 Gero Psych 1:7
Stress Lab 1:1 Med-Surg: 1:5
Intermediate Care 1:3 NICU 1:2
Antepartum 1:3 OB, GYN 1:5
Outpatient Surgery 1:2 Pre-op 1:3
Discharge Unit / Chest Pain Center 1:4
Endoscopy 1:2 (Procedural) 1:1
Postpartum 1:8 (1:4 couplets) 1:6 (mothers only)
Post Anesthesia Care Unit Unstable 1:1 Stable 1:2
Discharge Unit / Chest Pain Center 1:4
OR General 1:1 CVOR 2:1
Neuro 2:1 Holding 1:3
Cath Lab & EP Lab Procedural 2:1
Special Procedures Procedural: 2:1 Holding 1:1
Respiratory Therapist 1:5 Treatment 1:32
To Desert and Valley RNs and Technolists:
Mark your calendars.
We are quickly approaching bargaining in 2013. Our planning session will be held on Tuesday Dec. 18 at 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.
For more information: Contact Aurora at 210-3269, Dolores at 210-6469 or Lanita at 738-3968.