Negotiations Update – Ohio Nurses Association and Youngstown Ohio Hospital Company, LLC / Valley Care Health Systems of Ohio / Northside Medical Center, a subsidiary of Community Health Systems (“CHS”)
The eighth day of negotiations between Ohio Nurses Association ONA/YGDNA and “CHS” took place on September 11, 2012 in Warren, Ohio.
Present for ONA/YGDNA were Cathleen Slater, JD, ONA Labor Relations Specialist, Eric Williams, YGDNA President, Joyce Shaffer, Cindy Cutrone, John Klimko, Sue Leskovec, Linda Warino, Gerry Baker.
Present for the Employer were Jim Carmody, CHS Corporate Representative, Bob Sincich, System Director of Labor Relations, Valley Care, Jan Ellis, CHS Corporate Human Resources, Terry Ronyak, HR TMH & HRH, and Bill Dolan, Pharmacy Director, NMC.
Negotiations were facilitated by a mediator with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service.
At the parties’ previous meeting, ONA/YGDNA provided a comprehensive counter proposal including withdrawing proposals related to guaranteed hours, certification pay, and clinical enhancement monetary increases. ONA also included in its comprehensive package a mutual withdrawal of each party’s insurance related proposals and included a counter proposal for mandatory cross training of RNs to counter CHS’ proposal to send nurses home without pay.
At the meeting on September 11, no progress was made with CHS failing to provide any counter proposals to ONA. CHS’ proposals remain the same as was shared with membership at our August membership meetings, including insurance cost increases, proposals to send nurses home without pay, and an unchanged CHS wage proposal -
• Elimination of the wage scale (longevity / experience steps) for all RNs.
• 1.25 % raise in 1st year of contract for current RNS
• 1% raise in 2nd year of contract for current RNs
• 1% raise in 3rd year of contract for current RNs
• Newly hired RNs would have lower entry wages with mere 1/2 % wage increases in each year of the contract
The next meeting date is scheduled for September 27, 2012 in Warren, Ohio.
In Solidarity, ONA/YGDNA Leadership