Nurses strike averted in Joliet at Presence St. Joseph’s – Health Care News

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16 May 2017 | 2:00 pm

A committee of nurses represented by the Illinois Nurses Association have negotiated a tentative agreement with Presence St. Joseph’s Medical Center.

The three-year contract still needs to be approved by a majority of the 850 nurses in the collective bargaining unit to become official.

According to the INA, the agreement makes progress on key staffing and wage issues that served as main sticking points in negotiations between the nurses and St. Joseph.

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Some of the new provisions include implementing a step scale that would pay nurses based on their experience and years of service, as well as a rotation system that would allow the hospital’s staffing and acuity team to assess the daily needs of each unit.

Also, charge nurses, who serve as care coordinators for each unit, will see some of their managerial and clerical duties lightened to make them more accessible to the nurses they’re supervising.

“Some of us have been here for 30 to 40 years,” said Patricia Meade, one of the nurses on the negotiating team who has been at St. Joseph’s for 31 years. “People stay here because they love the facility. . . .We’re a family. It’s not about the money, it’s about providing a safe environment for our patients.”

The nurses represented by the INA will vote on the tentative agreement this week. The negotiating team is recommending ratification, according to the INA.

“We are very pleased with the outcome of our negotiations with the Illinois Nurses Associates (INA) and the spirit by which all parties reached this tentative agreement to be approved by INA members this coming week,” Presence St. Joseph President Robert Erickson said in a statement. “We believe the bargaining process was conducted in good faith, allowing for an agreement that achieves the mutual objectives of Presence Health and the INA.”



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