Who won and lost with the final deal that’s been negotiated between area nurses and hospitals? Here are the proposals from each side and the result.
|Subject||What the nurses wanted||What the hospitals offered||The deal||Winner|
|Staffing||Nurses wanted hospitals to budget all units at no less than 115 percent of capacity. They asked hospitals to set nurse-to-patient ratios for particular units.||No change from current practice.||No change from current practice. A commitment to addressing both parties’ staffing issues through the existing committee systems at the various hospitals.|
|Salary||4.5 percent salary increase for each of the next three years.||0%, 1%, 2% increase in each of the next three years.||A wage-only agreement with 0%, 1%, 2% increase in each of the next three years.|
|Pension||Preservation of retirement benefits via pensions.||Cutting the pension fund. Nurses said it would reduce their retirement benefit by one-third.||Pensions benefits preserved.|
|Scheduling||No proposal indicated||Increase number of days they can cancel a nurse’s shift at the last minute from 3 to 15 annually.||Dropped|
|Patient care||Contract language requiring that proper equipment and planning are in place to protect patients in case of disease outbreaks such as the H1N1 virus.||No proposal indicated.||Dropped|
|Technology||Asked for contract language that ensures patient care is enhanced by new technology.||No proposal indicated.||Dropped|