At the negotiations last Wednesday, the bargaining committee proposed improved RN staffing through nurse-to-patient ratios in our contract. What was management’s response? “Our current staffing levels are fine”.
To make matters worse, management proposed that they should be able to cancel nurses after the start of their shift, creating more serious staffing problems especially when faced with new admissions (We have proposals to eliminate this existing practice at Woodbury).
Finally, Administration wants to treat non-BSN nurses as second class citizens by preventing non-BSN nurses from changing their shift, status, or job.
We strongly oppose their positions on each of these issues and will continue to fight for a good contract which improves staffing.