The Union Negotiating Committee proposed contract improvements.
Management came to the table with a proposal to eliminate the No Layoffs clause from the contract.
Local 251 members want good jobs and quality patient care. They don’t want to see our Job Security attacked.
Negotiations around Epic were more productive.
Last week, the Union Committee gave management proposals to address job security, retraining and other issues related to Epic.
The Hospital responded today with their first proposals about Epic.
Management moved in our direction and put forward proposals to protect jobs through retraining, filling vacant positions and respecting bumping rights.
Management estimates that 75 to 100 positions may be eliminated over the 18 months that Epic is implemented. This includes positions that are vacant right now.
The Union will fight for a fair severance package for any employee that is displaced by Epic.
We will also work to get a voluntary severance or buyout offer put on the table for employees who are considering moving on or retiring.
That could help protect job security for employees who want to stay.
Our number one goal is protecting members’ job security through retraining, filling vacant positions and respecting bumping rights. We will continue to negotiate over these important details.
Our proposals today focused on changes in contract language. Economic issues like fair wages, healthcare and retirement will be addressed later in contract negotiations.
Contract negotiations will resume on November 19.
The Contract Action Team will distribute more information soon.
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