HPAE was recently notified that there are several CoVid positive staff members and patients in the facility. Around the time of the initial outbreak in Runnells, HPAE requested that management begin looking for alternative staffing options which resulted in the survey for volunteers to work 12 hour shifts in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, there seemed to be little interest from our members for this option.
On Friday, May 1st, management notified HPAE of their plans to invoke Article 7.6 of the contract which would allow them to force members to rotate their shifts in the event of a staffing shortage. According to the contract, management must first seek volunteers to rotate their shift however if no one volunteers then they can assign the new shift based on inverse seniority. You should also note that members must be given at least 14 calendar days’ notice before the start of their new schedule.
It is imperative that our members remain vigilant and wear all of the necessary PPE when caring for your patients throughout this pandemic. Please go to https://www.hpae.org/issues/coronavirus-what-you-need-to-know/ for more information on your rights during this pandemic. HPAE is monitoring this situation closely and will provide more information as it develops however if you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local union rep.
Priscilla Surles, President, HPAE Local 5112