IMPORTANT SUMMARY OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT WITH BNBMC

Our bargaining committee recommends a YES vote to ratify the agreement settled on May 15th with Bergen New Bridge Medical Center.

SUMMARY OF TENTATIVE AGREEMENT

  • Term of Agreement: June 1, 2019 – May 31, 2022
  • Wages:
  • June 1, 2019 – 1.25% – for all full, part-time & per diem employees
  • December 1, 2019 – 1.25% for all full, part- time & per diem employees.
  • June 1, 2020 – 1% for all full, part-time & per diem employees.
  • December 1, 2020 – 1% for all full, part-time & per diem employees.
  • June 1, 2021 – 1% for all full, part-time & per diem employees.
  • December 1, 2021 – 1% for all full, part-time & per diem employees.
  • Each year of the contract an additional Step (worth $.35 an hour) is added to the top of each scale for a total of 29 steps by the end of the agreement.
  • Each year of the agreement every employee will move up a step on the wage scale on their anniversary.
  • This represents close to a ten or eleven percent increase for many of the members in our unit through the life of the contract.
  • An agreement to perform a market rate review for Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists within six months.
  • Increases in tuition reimbursement to $6000 (2019), $7000 (2020) & $8000 (2021) a year for reimbursement per member – up to a maximum of $115,000 for the Unit as a whole.
  • An increase to Certification Pay for RN’s to $900/year for an applicable, national certification.
  • Increases to the Education Differentials – $600 for a BSN, $750 for an MSN and $900 for any doctoral degree (for both nurses and professionals).
  • Increase in Charge Pay to $2/hr.
  • Increase the cap for the Non-Nurse shift differential to $4.50/hr for evenings & $5.25/hr for nights.
  • Longer Union Orientation for new hires, as well as access to the BNBMC email system for the Union to distribute information.
  • Improved language on Staffing and Health & Safety providing the committee with more access and transparency.
  • Stricter requirements on how departments use per diems (not relying on them so heavily).
  • Bereavement days: all deaths of loved ones treated the same equally with three days off.
  • Members can now roll one personal day over into the following year until 3/15.
  • If management gives a member a ride to work (due to weather) and cannot get them home, they will reimburse the cost of the ride home through Uber or other taxi service.
  • Sick leave – there are now additional reasons one can use the first forty (40) hour of sick time – in accordance with the new state law.
  • Paid Union training days for Reps and Officers (up to ten a year).
  • Verbal and written reprimands may not be used for further discipline after twelve months.
  • Floating – management will now have ninety (90) minutes to float nurses after the start if shift.
  • Probationary period – all new employees will serve the same probationary period regardless of prior BNBMC employment.
  • Medical Insurance – in each year of the contract, the flat rates for insurance we pay will increase by 8%.
  • Added Hearing Aids to the health plan – $3000 for hearing aids every three years.
  • Beginning 12/1/19 the employee contribution to the VEBA (retiree health care) will go to $.30/hr.
  • Advanced Practice Nurses will now be part of the Union at BNBMC. We will meet within thirty days of ratification to begin working on their wage scale and other items.