News & Events

Partners Facilities

November 15, 2010

Dear MNA RN:

Recently, Partners hospitals informed the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) that it had entered into a proposed settlement of a class action lawsuit alleging that it violated certain federal wage and hour laws. The notice from Partners also requested a meeting with representatives of the MNA to review potential changes in record keeping of hours worked. MNA representatives from most of the Partners facilities met with Partners officials on Friday, November 12, 2010.

Partners officials made a brief presentation over potential changes it planned to implement, including the introduction of electronic time keeping (card swipes, kiosks, computer sign-in or time clocks). The MNA informed Partners that any proposed change can only be implemented if it can reach agreement with the MNA during full contract negotiations. The MNA told Partners officials that time clocks are an affront to professional RNs, and that the MNA will take all necessary legal and collective action to oppose the introduction of electronic time keeping. If you are told to alter your current method of time keeping, please contact your local committee or the MNA immediately.

Please remember that you have the right to regular breaks and an uninterrupted meal period of one-half hour – uninterrupted means that you are able to leave your floor or unit for that period of time. If you do not receive an uninterrupted meal period, you should be paid for that time.

You should have received an e-mail message from Partners about the proposed class action lawsuit settlement, and in the next several months you will receive additional court approved communications about participating in the settlement.

The MNA will keep you informed about these issues. If you have questions, then please contact your local committee or the MNA.

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