1. We finished negotiations and members overwhelmingly ratified our new contract last month. The new contract books are in the process of being printed now and we should have them ready for distribution soon. In the meantime, you can go to our local webpage on HPAE.org and find a digital copy if you have any questions. The new wage scale, effective June 1st, with the 6% across-the-board increase is also posted on the page.
2. There has been an update to Inspira’s social media policy in response to some recent employee issues. We want to remind staff to be mindful of how you identify yourself as an Inspira employee online and what you post. We strongly encourage you not to identify yourself an Inspira employee and to not be connected with your managers online.
You are required to obtain consent from other employees if you choose to post a picture of them on a social media site. That can be as simple as getting verbal approval.
You do have rights under National Labor Relations Board that protects speech, but it does not always protect bullying, harassing or violent speech. Remember that what you post on social media will stay there forever.
3. We are in the process of starting virtual new member orientations. Anyone hired after March 2020 unfortunately did not get an introduction from our officers to our local. We will be sending out a Zoom link for these meetings that new staff are welcome to join once we are able to coordinate the details with the hospital.