The New York State Nursing Association is planning on an informal strike at CVPH Medical Center Thursday. The Picketing is specifically related to ongoing contract negotiations between the union and CVPH administration. Union membership at CVPH is 813 of the 2300 employees at the hospital. The most current Nurses contract expired December 31, 2012. CVPH says negotiations on a new contract began December 5th in 2012 and suggest they’ve been productive but their are remaining areas of discussion including wages and staffing ratios..
Michelle LeBeau is HR VP at CVPH – she says “We are sorry that the team feels the need to move in this direction however we recognize and respect their right to do so. We believe we have a great, healthy relationship with our union partners and will continue to work to closure on these matters,”
CVPH says they’ve offered pay increases in each of the 3 years of the new contract. All employees would receive pay increases of at least 4% over the term of the agreement and when factoring step increases, some employees would receive increases of as much as 14%. In addition, the MedicalCenter says they’ve agreed to increases in pay for certifications, expansion of retiree benefits, and increased funding for staff education.
In 2012 The hospital reported a $5 million dollar loss and 17 employees were laid off, including members of the administrative and management teams. No member of the management or administrative team will receive a pay increase in 2013.
Early in 2013, the Medical Center redesigned nurse to patient ratios which is one of the key issues in the negotiations. Those ratios affect medical surgical and progressive care unit nurses with a clinical assistant partner who are now caring for between 4 and 6 patients.