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Labor Negotiation News June 1

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June 1, 2021 Dear Providence Alaska Medical Center clinical leaders, Bargaining resumes with new sessions scheduled Tentative agreements reached on several provisions Providence Alaska Medical Center (PAMC) and Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) met for a tenth bargaining session on May 20 to negotiate a contract covering PAMC nurses. This session was the first of three scheduled bargaining sessions after the contract was extended to June 30. During the session, the teams discussed multiple proposals on outstanding issues and reached tentative agreements on several provisions. Here are a few key bargaining subjects you may hear about on your units as well as answers to some frequently asked questions. Timing for mandatory call schedules Parties tentatively agreed that mandatory call schedules shall be posted no more than seven days after regular work schedules are posted. This is in addition to existing contract language requiring that regular work schedules shall be posted no less than 14 days prior to the beginning of the scheduled work period. Voluntary changes in FTE status The parties reached tentative agreement regarding nurses on an approved leave of absence who are also approved for a voluntary change in FTE status. Under this agreement, they will receive the change at the start of the first full pay period after returning to work. Following the approved leave of absence, the nurse must return and work their first scheduled shift. Thereafter, the nurse may either work the remaining shifts within their current FTE or utilize PTO, if available. If no PTO is available, with approval of the nurse's manager, the nurse may use day(s) without pay until the FTE status change takes effect. Participation in medical center committees To assist in implementing nurses' participation in medical center committees related to health and safety, the parties reached tentative agreement to provide the union with an organizational chart and information on committees when there is a change in administrators. This is in addition to providing the information upon request and no more than once per year as described in the previous contract.

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