Our bargaining team made progress with management today when we reached our first tentative agreement on improved layoff language for RNs and Professionals at the bargaining table. Discussions will continue on improvements to floating and cross training language.
The only discussion of economic issues came at the end of the meeting, when Management amended their proposal of taking back the 3% COLA increase and asked for 1.5% instead. While we are encouraged to see some movement on management’s side regarding monetary items, we are adamant that they are asking for way more than is necessary in financial sacrifices.
Our team continues to advocate our offer of $36 million in sacrifices as long as the money we sacrifice is guaranteed to go toward creating a sustainable Jackson and not wasted on mismanagement.
Thanks to all of our members who supported our bargaining team today The next session is scheduled for November 23rd,. Stay informed on these important developments via email or our web site, www.seiu1991.org.