NEW YORK NURSE: October/November 2008
by Mark Genovese
NYSNA members Oneida Healthcare Center approved a new three-year contract on Oct. 3 that addresses their concerns about retaining experienced RNs.
A key issue during recent contract talks was that a change in the pension plan would drive veteran nurses to other hospitals and discourage new nurses from applying. The contract addresses this by giving RNs hired before Jan. 1, 2008, the option of choosing to stay in the current defined-benefit plan or participating in the healthcare center’s new 403(b) plan. If they decide to switch, their vesting credit will transfer with them.
In return for changes to the pension plan, the nurses won agreements on several key issues:
The new contract for the 100 RNs runs through Dec. 31, 2010.