Recently, the union was made aware that a former nurse at the hospital filed a claim that has resulted in a class action which will include UE members and former members. See the attached letter from one of the attorneys handling the case for more information.
In our last contract negotiations, the hospital proposed language that requires employees covered by the contract to pursue claims against the hospital through arbitration, rather than the court system, unless they “opt out” of this arbitration procedure within 30 days after an employee is aware of a circumstance that might need to be pursued through legal recourse.
Please attend a meeting with these attorneys on Monday, October 12, to learn more. Meetings will be held at 4 pm and 7:30 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn (near the intersection of Magic Mountain Pkwy and The Old Road), but members are encouraged to stop by any time that is convenient between 4 and 9 pm to have their questions answered. Your action may be required in order to benefit financially from this case.
Even if you are no longer employed by the hospital, we encourage you to attend a meeting to learn more.
Henry Mayo UE Letter Oct 12
UE Local 1004 has won backpay money from the hospital for one of our members after winning a grievance over the hospital’s failure to uphold new contract language.
In our last contract negotiations with the hospital, the Union won new language meant to prevent the hospital from taking advantage of workers who help out the hospital when they are short staffed. Article 14.I says that if an employee comes in for extra shifts when asked to do so, the hospital cannot call them off later in their work week if the employee is clear with staffing that they want to work. The hospital has to pay at least four hours of pay.
That’s exactly what happened to our member, Jay, a CNA. She helped out the hospital by working extra shifts this summer. When the staffing office tried to call her off of her regular shift later in the week, she invoked the contract and said she wanted to work.
The hospital gave Jay the run-around about getting her four hours of report-in pay, and Jay called the Union. The Union filed a grievance for her over the hospital’s clear violation of this language, and we won! Jay will be getting backpay!
If you have questions about how this provision works, or if you think our contract with the hospital has been violated, call the Union today. We can only help you if you let us know there is a problem.
The RNs at Henry Mayo have been negotiating their contract with the hospital for the past several months, but they have not been able to reach an agreement with hospital management. In fact, since late January, they have been working without a contract while negotiations have continued.
We understand how difficult it is to reach a good and fair contract with the hospital because of our own challenging negotiations in the past. We believe the workers at this hospital, including the nurses, are the best in our field, and we all deserve contracts that recognize our outstanding services to our patients and the community.
We support our sisters and brothers in their efforts to secure a just and equitable contract with management!
GOOD LUCK, RNs!