The nurse led bargaining committee has been in negotiations with the Jeanes Administration over the last two and a half months, with their current contract set to expire on November 7th.
“This is by far the best contract Jeanes nurses have negotiated. I am proud of my fellow nurses for coming together in solidarity to fight for our patients and ourselves. We are excited to improve patient care and safety, and will continue to do the work that needs to be done to strengthen our union” said Debbie Bilse, Jeanes Local President.
Key gains in this contract include:
A staffing committee which will allow nurses to have a real voice in patient care and staffing levels; a workplace safety committee to implement safety procedures that will diminish work related dangers and work related violence; pool nurses (nurses without fixed schedules who fill in on an as-needed basis) will receive their first wage increase in six years; each department will have a self-scheduling committee; and wage increases of 7-12% over the life of the contract, depending on experience.
Temple acknowledged that these wage increases put Jeanes nurses substantially above the regional wage median for similar types of hospitals.
“Jeanes nurses negotiated a great new agreement that will improve patient care at Jeanes and give nurses a stronger voice. The priorities for this agreement were set by the nurses throughout the hospital. They made great improvements on all of their priority issues,” said Patty Eakin, RN, BSN, CEN, statewide PASNAP President and 40 year Registered Nurse.
PASNAP represents 8,300 nurses and health professionals throughout the Commonwealth.