From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
November/December 2008 Edition
Worcester School Nurses
The members with the Worcester School Nurses held a well-attended, open meeting in September. The goal of the meeting was to vote on proposals for negotiations, which began in November. The members also elected their new bargaining unit officers: Nicole Kazarian and Denise Khialili, co-chairs; Tami Hale, secretary; Ellen Capstick, treasurer; and Jane Liedel. historian.
The Worcester School Nurses also prevailed in an important grievance that involved management’s failure to post a bargaining unit nursing supervisor position.
West Springfield School Nurses
The Westfield School Nurses are beginning negotiations for a successor agreement.
Mercy Medical Center
The technology committee at Mercy Medical Center has been busy meeting almost weekly while the new swipe-time and attendance policies are being implemented. The bargaining unit’s new contract is being distributed. Lastly, several nurses were recently disciplined and their arbitration cases are in process.
Providence Behavioral Health
An open membership meeting was held in September, and two recent terminations have been filed to arbitration. In addition, a grievance involving arbitrary discipline of a member was settled. The technology committee has started to meet in preparation for the new swipe-time and attendance systems.