Palomar Health met with the California Nurses Association (CNA) on April 13 and the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU) on April 14 to continue negotiating new contracts. The meetings proceeded efficiently, and the parties exchanged several proposals.
Bargaining Session with CNA
Highlights included the following Palomar Health proposals:
- Article 15 – Standby and Call Back Pay – We proposed on-call language for Labor and Delivery nurses. This is needed to address the shortage of nurses even with travelers, and for patient safety when there is an influx of patients.
- Article 26 – Call Offs – We proposed language that would allow us to flex more than twice during a pay period during times of low patient census. This same language is already in the CHEU contract.
- Article 24 – Transfer Requests – We proposed to clarify existing language in this article.
CNA and Palomar Health exchanged counterproposals for Article 29 – Bulletin Boards. CNA again crossed out existing language that prohibits the Union from posting notices which “demean or disparage” others. We repeated that we will not allow postings that “demean or disparage” any individual. That is not consistent with our values.
Palomar Health presented counterproposals for Article 1 – Recognition; Article 35 – Safe Patient Handling/Lift Program; and Article 38 – Health and Safety.
CNA presented a proposal for Article 18 – Personal Time Off, to approve or deny PTO requests within two weeks after the employee’s request is submitted. Palomar Health accepted CNA's proposal.
Bargaining Session with CHEU
Palomar Health presented counterproposals for Article 32 – Health and Safety and a new Safe Patient Handling/Lift Program article.
CHEU slightly modified and again proposed its Preamble to the contract. Palomar Health previously objected to this proposal. We continue to have concerns about the proposed Preamble, which includes language of a political nature.
CHEU made a counterproposal for Article 8 – Employment Categories which seeks to further reduce our Management Rights. We already told CHEU that we will not agree to forfeit our right to hire per diem employees and determine the number thereof. Nonetheless, we will continue to meet and confer in good faith with CHEU throughout this bargaining process.
CHEU and Palomar Health exchanged counterproposals for Article 7 – Bulletin Boards. CHEU again crossed out existing language that prohibits them from posting notices which “demean or disparage” others. We repeated that we will not allow postings that “demean or disparage” any individual. That is not consistent with our values.
CHEU presented proposals for Article 9 – Seniority and Article 26 – Floating. We are reviewing the new proposals.
The parties were able to reach two tentative agreements: (1) we agreed on a “cleanup” proposal to correct names throughout the contract; and (2) we accepted CHEU’s proposal for Article 23 – Personal Time Off to approve or deny PTO requests within two weeks of the employee’s request.
We are pleased to reach our first two tentative agreements with CHEU, and hope to continue along this good path.
Regrettably, a number of inaccurate statements have been going around regarding our labor negotiations. You can count on Palomar Health to provide you with accurate, factual information in these “Just the Facts” updates.
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