On a regular basis you will be receiving information to help you understand what we might face in the upcoming negotiations and the impact of those proposed changes on you, the membership. Also, the information you will be receiving is meant for you to discuss with your colleagues. The end result would be everyone is informed, have an opportunity to ask questions, and your negotiations team can ascertain what the memberships priorities are.
#2 Proposed Change – PTO (Paid Time Off)
What is PTO? PTO combines vacation, sick, and personal time into a single bank of days for employees to use when they take paid time off from work. Generally, the accumulated benefit time in a PTO bank is less than if there were separate banks of benefit time.
This second notice, we will talk about what our current collective bargaining agreement offers us and what exists in HPAE Locals affiliated with Hackensack Meridian Health (HMH).
Currently, holiday designation is as follows:
- FT 8H shift = 8 holidays
- PPT1 8H shift = 5 holidays
- FT 12H shift = 5 holidays
- PPT1 12H shift = 3 holidays
HPAE Locals with HMH holiday designation is as follows:
- FT 8H shift = 6 holidays. Paid at 8 hrs.
- PPT1 8H shift = 6 holidays. Paid at 4.8 hrs.
- FT 12H shift = 6 holidays. Paid at 8 hrs.
- PPT1 12H shift = 6 holidays. Paid at 4.8 hrs.
Employees can supplement holiday hours with PTO time. For example, a 12H shift nurse can supplement the 8 hours of holiday pay with 4 hours of PTO. A PPT1 8H shift employee can supplement the 4.8 hours of holiday pay with 4.8 hours of PTO. A PPT 12H shift employee can supplement the 4.8 hours of holiday pay with 7.2 hours of PTO. 12-hour shift employees are not guaranteed to work only two (2) days in a work week when they are scheduled off on a holiday, reasonable efforts will be made to accommodate 2 day schedule.
Alice Barden, President