Bargaining opens at CVPH

NYSNA members at CVPH with their bargaining demands poster prior to presenting it to management.

Contract negotiations for NYSNA nurses and professionals at University of Vermont Health Network-Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital (UVHN-CVPH) in Plattsburgh got off to a powerful start in mid-November with a strong showing of unity and determination.

Seeking to achieve a contract that encompasses a half dozen key priorities, committee members gathered endorsement signatures on a contract demand poster from 564 members in just seven days. The poster served a purpose.

At the December 6 bargaining session, NYSNA members opened by presenting that poster across the table to the hospital’s CNO. LBU Co-Chair Dea Lacey, RN, said demands can be summed up in the six points contained on the poster: 1) protect rights to safe staffing and to advocate for quality care; 2) achieve wage parity between CVPH and UVHN colleagues; 3) provide health coverage for nurses and professionals; 4) ensure employment and income security; 5) preserve and expand retirement security; and 6) create a fair path for those that work at CVPH’s Medical Group Management to achieve the same wages and benefits as their co-workers at the main CVPH campus.

Ms. Lacey was excited to see members so ready to bargain: “We’ve got great unity and a strong member commitment to achieving a high standard for nurses, professionals and patients at CVPH and throughout the UVHN network.”

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