SHC & Packard Children’s Nurses Ratify Three-Year Agreement

We are pleased to report that on Wednesday, June 26, 2013, a majority of our CRONA-represented Nurses voted to ratify the amended tentative agreement signed and unanimously endorsed by their union on June 20, 2013.

The new contract provides significant improvements, including compensation increases during the three-year term, excellent healthcare benefits and employer matching programs, increased educational assistance and many other improvements our RNs indicated were important.

We firmly believe that this contract reflects the high regard we have for our nursing staff and our commitment to maintaining the excellence in nursing and patient care that is the hallmark of Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Packard Children’s.

Hospitals and CRONA agree to Amended Tentative Agreement; Union calls for New Vote on Wednesday, June 26

The following Joint Statement was issued by the Hospitals and CRONA on June 20, 2013:

“CRONA and the Hospitals are pleased to announce that an amended tentative agreement was signed today, June 20th.

The Amended Tentative Agreement reached today includes all of the economic and non-economic improvements of the May 18 TA. Over the last several days, CRONA and the Hospitals also were able to reach an important additional agreement regarding implementation of new Clinical Nurse II qualifications and clinical performance criteria.

Both CRONA and the Hospitals encourage Nurses to vote to ratify the Amended Tentative Agreement. CRONA will be holding the ratification vote on Wednesday, June 26th.”

Amended TA Improvement Highlights

  • Annual wage rate increases or lump sum payments well above the 2% average being given in the Bay Area (amounting to approximately 12% over the three-year contract term)
  • Additional lump sum retirement plan payments for Staff Nurses
  • The withdrawal of our previously proposed 10% contribution for spousal premiums for the PPO
  • Double the amount of educational assistance from $1,000 to $2,000
  • An amended CN II job description provision that satisfied CRONA’s concerns
  • Improvements in the Attendance policy: Employees with a .70 or higher FTE who are assigned to a 10- or 12-hour schedule, the number of excessive points per rolling quarter shall be 5, rather than 4
  • Significant non-economic improvements in Resource Nurses, the PNDP program, and the Transfer policy within and between our Hospitals, among others

We respectfully urge our Nurses to vote in favor of this highly competitive agreement, believing that ratifying this amended TA is in everyone’s best interests – our Nurses, our Hospitals and our patients. It provides significant improvements, including compensation increases during the three-year term, excellent healthcare benefits and employer matching programs, increased educational assistance and many other improvements our RNs indicated were important.

To view a one-page overview of the fact sheet on the amended tentative agreement click here.

Proposed Amended TA Provided to CRONA

The Hospitals’ and CRONA’s negotiating teams met with the mediator on Friday, June 14, to discuss a path forward with negotiations. During the session, we declined to accept the union’s latest revised proposal and instead maintained that, given the fair and generous package we had mutually agreed to, the best path forward was to allow our Nurses another opportunity to vote on the terms of the May 18 tentative agreement (TA).

To give CRONA and our Nurses every opportunity to fully consider our position, we proposed an amended and jointly supported tentative agreement that would extend the terms of the May 18 TA until June 21. Between now and then, we encourage our Nurses to learn more about the May 18 TA and, if they support it, make their views known to the union and request to have another opportunity to vote for it.