Bargaining Update - CNA Negotiations


09.02.2017

Palomar Health met with the California Nurses Association (CNA) on August 31 for continued contract negotiations. Bargaining was delayed by several hours, as the Union chose to distribute flyers threatening a strike, instead of being prepared for negotiations that morning.  Palomar Health arrived at 8:00 am, focused on bargaining in good faith toward a new contract.  The Union kept us waiting over 5 hours and refused to meet until approximately 1:15 pm. 
Unfortunately, strikes don’t bring two sides closer together.  It is our firm belief that the best avenue toward resolving our differences is through negotiation and compromise at the bargaining table. Regrettably, CNA’s proposals demonstrate little if any willingness to compromise. The Union does not appear interested in reaching a deal any time soon. CNA continues to make unrealistic economic demands that are not financially supportable, while rejecting our proposals to address important needs like:
  • Adequate staffing on the weekends;
  • Available on-call staff for Labor & Delivery; and
  • Additional pay increases above and beyond what the parties agree to in the contract, to ensure our salaries remain competitive.
We believe we are offering Registered Nurses a strong contract, with fair and competitive wages, benefits and working conditions. We have already agreed to numerous changes that CNA has requested throughout the contract.  We would like to provide RNs with the guaranteed pay increases we have offered upon ratification of the agreement:
  • The first day of the pay period after this contract is ratified – a pay increase of 1.0%
  • The first day of the pay period after this contract is ratified – each RN would receive his/her pay step increase.  (The average step percent increase for a Clin RN I/II is 2.07%.  The average step percent increase for a Clin RN III is 2.08%).
  • The first day of the pay period in January 2018 – a pay increase of 1.25%
If CNA accepts our proposal, Registered Nurses’ pay will increase by over 4.25% by January 2018 (1% upon ratification, 2%+ step increase, plus 1.25% in January 2018).  This is a substantial improvement over the last contract. Palomar Health is investing more than $14 million in additional wages, salaries and benefits toward our hard-working and loyal employees.
Having a current contract is important for our ability to recruit new Registered Nurses.  This is a goal shared by both parties. We believe this contract can be settled in an efficient manner through negotiation and compromise at the bargaining table.  We look forward to our next meeting on September 8.   


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