SEIU 721 statement on the approval of the Side Letter Agreement between the County of Riverside and SEIU 721 for RCRMC/Arlington Campus Registered Nurses – (BOS #03.38)
The SEIU 721 Registered Nurse side letter agreement that was approved by the Board of Supervisors today, Jan. 10, 2012, is a positive step in retaining quality-trained nurses at Riverside County Regional Medical Center and the Arlington campus. And while we applaud these results, Riverside county management continues to impose an improper, unlawful and unfair contract on workers, including nurses, who protect the health, safety and security of our community.
It is time for the Board of Supervisors to show leadership and order county management to return to the bargaining table to negotiate in good faith for all SEIU 721 members and their families.
Late Friday, Dec. 16, 2011, the SEIU 721 RN bargaining team reached an
agreement with Riverside county management on issues of recruitment and
retention incentives for registered nurses at Riverside County Medical
Center and Arlington Campus.
The RN side letter agreement
signifies the impact of active and unified member involvement in
securing an equitable contract. Nurses at RCRMC mounted two successful
petition campaigns to advance proposals that addressed the serious
staffing issues and community standards of pay at the hospital including
the inability to retain trained nurses that leave RCRMC for better-paid
positions at other area hospitals. Additionally nurses delivered the
petitions to Supervisor Jeff Stone and to hospital management
underscoring the importance of member involvement and the urgency in
addressing these problems.
Summary of side letter agreement that pertains to registered nurses at RCRMC and Arlington campus only:
– Effective Feb. 9, 2012, an 8.21% across the board pay increase in
lieu of the 2.71% one-step increases scheduled to begin in July 2012
under the County’s Terms and Conditions of Employment. No additional
step increases will apply. As of March 8, 2012, the county will increase
critical care differentials by 25% and include them in the base pay for
registered nurses assigned to specialty care units. This means those
employees will receive this special pay rate for all compensated hours,
such as the use of personal leave, instead of just actual hours worked.
– Effective June 28, 2012, all RCRMC registered nurses with three or more years of service will receive a pay increase of 2.71%.
– Weekend shifts have been redefined as only work on Saturday and
Sunday qualify for double time. There is also a change in policy
language that a 3/12 schedule will be at the discretion of management.
The remainder of the county’s imposed Terms and Conditions of Employment
will be in effect until all SEIU 721 members, including
nurses, convince the Board of Supervisors to do the right thing and
order county management to return to the bargaining table to negotiate
in good faith on issues that affect all members, such as step/merit
increases, retirement and medical benefits.
Click here to download the side table agreement.
The SEIU 721 bargaining team continues to demand the county return to
the negotiating table to reach a fair agreement on these issues. Big
plans are in the works for the New Year!
Contact your Contract Action
Team member or a work site organizer to stay informed on upcoming job
actions and events at specific work sites.