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Contract Negotiations Updates

Nurses’ concerns are our concerns -Everett Herald, Letter to editor 2/18/15 Our Union member bargaining team had another round of mediation yesterday with Providence Management. Again, our hope was that they would come around and begin to effectively respond to our articulated concerns. That hope was one of the reasons for scheduling the Informational Picket on March 17, to give even more...

After another two days of bargaining, there was some minor movement, but Management has still not significantly modified its set of proposals and positions regarding the key points our union member Bargaining Team has stated for months.  Our message has been consistent. A fair contract should include the key points made in our updates, at the table and in the letter presented a couple weeks...

Our Bargaining Team met with Management for two days of contract negotiations this week and presented our economic proposal, including wage increases. Management’s initial response falls short in several important areas, most notably on health care costs and wages. We also engaged in fruitful discussions regarding staffing issues but have not yet reached agreement on our most pressing needs...

We are Group Health’s caregivers. We work hard, and that work shines through in the high quality care we give our patients. Yet, while our proposals focus on improving our already high standards, Management’s do not. They keep pushing disrespectful takeaways that will drive quality caregivers away, limiting our ability to exceed our patient’s expectations.  You can read a detailed outline of...

Our Union member bargaining team had another round of negotiations yesterday. The next step is collectively taking action next week by signing the letter to MultiCare's CEO and the community about all the different issues we are pushing for in the negotiations.   “We still have more work to do to achieve a good contract. Management made minor changes to their wage proposal but there...

On Wednesday, December 17, a delegation of nurses presented our petition with over 1,300 names of Providence employees.  The petition says, “We Take Care of Our Community. Providence Must Take Care of Us.” Congratulations to all who took action by signing the petition and big applause to the members who presented the petition.  Together, we are taking action toward achieving a fair...

Members at Providence Everett presented management with a banner version of their petition with nearly 1,000 names.

By standing together to sign our petition, provide testimony and demand immediate staffing solutions, we have won an interim agreement on “Peak Census Extra Shift Bonuses.” Nurses who work extra shifts from December 12, 2014 through January 31, 2015 will receive the following bonuses: •$150 for 12 hour shifts •$125 for 10 hour shifts •$100 for 8 hour shifts   Extra shifts must be beyond the...

“It was great to see so many co-workers and community supporters out at the leaflet. Let’s keep sticking together to protect ourselves and our patients.” —BARGAINING TEAM Check out the Leaflet   Come to the next Contract Action Team meeting We are continuing to build unity and strength as we move forward with our plan to win a fair contract. Join us as we lay out...

Time to Take Action  Our union member Bargaining Team held another session with MultiCare Management on December 4. One of several key points of discussion was on our proposal to develop a fair process for co-workers to join and stay in our union.  Our efforts to win a fair contract are based on the values that we all deserve the right: To gain a fair process for co-workers to join...

Our Union Bargaining Team had two sessions in the past two weeks with Providence Sacred Heart Management. Many questions have arisen in these sessions that need answers, so we have made a series of information  requests ranging from Ebola response protocols to outsourcing of work with Inland Imaging.    We’ve also asked Management to bring their Retirement, Health...

Contract Action Team Meetings Grow More Members Taking Action Together After a round of negotiations last week, members joined together this week in Contract Action Team meetings at First Tacoma Lutheran Church near Tacoma General and Kent Commons. The Tacoma News Tribune has printed an article titled; Amid Record Profits, MultiCare Plans Cuts. The article quoted UFCW 21 Member...

On November 3rd and 4th, our Bargaining Team spent two full days in negotiations with little progress. We have asked Management for real conversations about improving our staffing language to give nurses ways to resolve ongoing staffing issues, but Management flatly rejected our proposal. Our Bargaining Team responded by offering Management a second approach to staffing. The team also followed...

Bargaining Team Recommends YES Vote!  (Versión español debajo) After two days of negotiations, our Bargaining Team has reached a tentative agreement with Management. The highlights include:  - 3 Year Contract- Wage increases each year of the Agreement- Maintained Health Care- Maintained Pension- Creation of a Labor Management Committee  Our Union Bargaining Team has scheduled...

On Saturday, October 18 UFCW 21 members overwhelmingly voted to ratify a new three year contract with management. After rejecting an unacceptable contract offer and forcing management to meet our demands on health care we were able to secure a contract that includes: Wage increases in each year Retirement security with increased employer contributions An additional personal holiday...

After two days of contract negotiations this week, our Union Member Bargaining Team has presented Management with a comprehensive set of our economic proposals. Management’s proposals include zero wage increases for many members, a threat to our defined benefit retirement plan, and they have no effective responses to many other issues we have made clear need to be addressed in this bargain...

In a first ever move with MultiCare, health care workers from UFCW 21’s many contracts are bargaining together. Members from Tacoma General, Allenmore, the Clinics and other locations from various units including Professional, Technical, Service Engineering and Office are all represented and bargaining together at the same time. On day one our Bargaining Team presented our non-economic proposals...

Technical workers showed up on September 10th to get the details about their new contract ask questions, give feedback and sign up to be more involved.  Technical workers also voted by 92% to ratify the new contract. This sent a strong message to Management that the Bargaining Team represented their interests at the table well.  The new contract includes: • $500 Ratification prorated by...

Our first 2 bargaining sessions were Tuesday, September 9 and Thursday, September 11. Our Union Bargaining Team came to the table with a majority of our non economic proposals and we achieved a variety of tentative agreements including some changes to time lines in our grievance procedure to assist in clarity and ease of grievance processing. Through this process we were able to have productive...

Our Clerical, Billing, and Laundry Bargaining Team – collectively called the Support Service Unit – voted to ratify our next contract on August 25. Highlights of our new contract includes: • Pay increases comparable to the other contracts at Olympic Medical Center • Equitable holiday rotation • Maintenance of health, wellness and retirement benefits • Vacation accrual equity for our Laundry...

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