In an effort to move negotiations forward, today the Salinas Valley Memorial
Healthcare System Board of Directors voted unanimously in open session
to implement our Last, Best, Final Offer (LBFO) proposed to NUHW. The
Board chose not to implement the sub-contracting provision of the LBFO,
nor language directly related to some contract terms that involve strikes
and union recognition.
In specific, the Board approved:
- Pay increases for NUHW-represented employees of 2 percent effective May
30, 2016. Paychecks issued June 10 will reflect this increase.
- A new incentive program with specific objectives that will provide additional
payment equivalent to 1.5% of pay if the goals are achieved at target.
This program will be initiated for Fiscal Year 2017 (which begins July 1, 2016).
- A new, enhanced health plan with changes to employee contributions at some
levels, with no-cost single coverage still in place.
- A new program of payment for education hours for certain classifications.
- A number of changes consistent with the Hospital’s Last, Best, and
Final Offer, including but not limited to changes related to PTO, shift
differential, on-call pay and leaves of absence.
The Board Resolution approved today reads in part:
“The Board notes that the Hospital has urged NUHW to engage in a fact finding
process, utilizing a neutral party appointed by the Public Employment
Relations Board. The Board endorses fact finding, or alternatively mediation
with an experienced labor mediator. State law specifically authorizes
these procedures, and they have proven to be effective in the past. The
Board sincerely hopes that its actions today will move the negotiations
toward a quick and mutually acceptable resolution."
The Board took this action as a way to get pay increases to employees and
put other important elements of our proposal in place without additional
delay.We hope this action provides momentum to encourage further work
in mediation or fact finding to come to agreement on a contract.
The full resolution, notice of implementation and Last, Best and Final
Offer can be found at