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CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #26

CWA and PIW met this week on Monday, September 16th and Tuesday, September 17th.   On Monday, the Union and PIW each passed a contract language proposal.  The Union followed up on our outstanding information request regarding job descriptions.  This information needs to be provided before we can determine and verify titles that should be included in the contract.  The Union also discussed receiving an accurate membership list so that we can account for everyone in the bargaining unit, the title you hold and your rate of pay.  This information is crucial to determine wage rates and increases.   This has been a repeated ask with all of the previous HR Directors.  While we have received lists, none have been complete and accurate.  

On Tuesday, we reached two tentative agreements with PIW about the grievance procedure and inclement weather.  The parties continued in depth discussion surrounding remaining contract language proposals. 

A few concerns many of you have brought to us involve being hired for one job function and then assigned a different one once you arrive and work for a few weeks. Be mindful that if you lack certification or credentials to perform a job, you need to advise management it cannot be performed because you are not qualified.  This needs to be done in a tangible way so you have record of providing that information.  Otherwise, if there is an incident that occurs, PIW could leave you hanging out to dry.

Each of you is responsible for your own safety and for accurate record keeping.  It is imperative that if you are understaffed on a floor, you call your supervisor for assistance.   If you cannot perform any portion of your job, especially checks, do not fill out a form indicating you did.  Instead bring that to management’s attention during your shift. 

You are entitled to a 30-minute lunch and it is necessary for you to allow yourself to step away and take your lunch.  PIW insists that if you call your supervisor because your department is understaffed and you need to take a lunch, they will cover you or have someone else cover you.  The Union brought to management’s attention the dismal employee break room.  There are not adequate tables or chairs. The microwave and refrigerator were not functioning and none of the electrical outlets were providing power.

PIW responded that furniture has been ordered.  On Tuesday a new refrigerator appeared.  And all the power outlets began functioning.    

Thank you to those of you who have been wearing your red wristbands, CWA pins and red shirts.  Keep increasing the red until we reach a fair contract. 

Remember we are stronger together.


Oct 02, 2019
CWA/PIW Bargaining Report #27 Good Afternoon Sister’s and Brother’s: Negotiations continued on Monday, September 30, 2019 and Tuesday, October 1, 2019.  During these 2-day sessions the parties reached another tentative agreement.  Nursing staff should be aware that PIW is proposing changing your shifts from 12-hour shifts to 8-hour shifts.
Sep 24, 2019
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT CWA and PIW met this week on Tuesday, August 13th and Wednesday, August 14th.  On Tuesday, the Union addressed a number of issues that have recently been impacting our members.  We have received information about some of our members reporting that their pay has been incorrect or that their PTO has not been paid out timely.
Aug 19, 2019
CWA and PIW met Thursday, February 21st.  On Wednesday, February 20th the lead negotiators discussed some of the remaining proposals.   Your bargaining team spent a considerable amount of time diving into the employee lists provided to the Union.  This report provides rates of pay; job titles; fulltime, part-time or PRN status.
Aug 19, 2019
CWA and PIW met for bargaining on March 6th and March 7th, 2019. The Bargaining Committee narrowed the team to 2 committee members to meet with 2 PIW/UHS representatives.  The remaining committee members continued to review requests for information.  This shift in negotiations has proved to be productive.
Aug 19, 2019
Today (Tuesday, November 27, 2018) we met with PIW and continued working on remaining contract language proposals so we can move the topic of negotiations from contract language to economic proposals. Your contract initially expired in June 2015.  Bargaining did not begin until PIW/UHS had a new HR Director in place.
Nov 28, 2018
During today’s (Monday, November 26, 2018) negotiations there were no discussions regarding bonuses and raises.  UHS made no offer of money to the Union.  In fact, contract language proposals were the only discussion between UHS and the Union.   Rumors seem to have been circulating the hospital about money being set aside or given to the Union.
Nov 28, 2018
                    Bargaining Report #20 Hello Brothers and Sisters of PIW - CWA and PIW met Monday, August 6 and Tuesday, August 7.  The Company and Union are nearing a conclusion to negotiating non-economic language.  To date we have reached 13 tentative agreements.
Feb 08, 2018
 CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #19 CWA and PIW did not meet Monday, February 5, 2018, due to the lead Company negotiator being ill but were able to bargain Tuesday, February 6, 2018. In the opening session the Union and the Company had extensive conversation regarding training, certification, and the use of Healthstream.
Oct 05, 2017
 CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #14 The Union and PIW met today October 5, 2017. The morning started with both sides updating the status of proposals. The Union requested clarity on language from PIW on several proposed issues in order to prepare for counter proposals that will not be detrimental for our members.
May 04, 2017
The Union and the Company met on Monday May 1, 2017. The Company passed several proposals to the Union, which we will be reviewing these proposals. The Union also submitted a counter proposal to the Company and both sides have tentively agreed to one proposal. We were scheduled to meet on Tuesday May 2, but that meeting had to be canceled.
Feb 21, 2017
 CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #9 The Union and the Company met Tuesday February 14, 2017, for another day of bargaining. The Company informed the Union that the 2016, “Annual Employee Bonus” will not be paid in 2017, because PIW missed the $1 million dollar revenue mark that triggers the bonus payout.
Feb 21, 2017
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT # 8 FEBRUARY 13, 2017 The Union and the Company meet today Monday February 13, 2017. The two sides came to a tentative agreement on a couple of issues, but still have a ways to go with other issues.
Feb 21, 2017
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT # 7 The Union and Company resumed bargaining 3 days this week after breaking for the holiday. On Wednesday January 11, 2017, the Union opened the bargaining session by submitting to the company an “information request” which both sides engaged in open and frank discussions concerning various issues.
Nov 16, 2016
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT # 6 The Union and the Company met today Wednesday, November 16, 2016 for a second day of contract bargaining. The morning session started with the Union submitting to the Company a proposal on “occupational safety & health”, with the focus of the discussion being on the safety.
Nov 15, 2016
 CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT # 5 The Union and the Company met Tuesday, November 15, 2016 for the first of a two day bargaining session. The morning bargaining session started with the Union presenting our counter proposal on “discipline”, and presenting our proposal for “job postings & bidding”.
Oct 28, 2016
Earlier this week, DC nurses flyered at the Renaissance Hotel downtown,  just before Drexel University president John Fry was to speak.  Fry is a board member for hospital chain Community Health Systems (CHS), who NNU, which represents the nurses, says has refused to listen to nurses’ concerns about patient care and safety at hospitals around the country.
Oct 28, 2016
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #4 October 27, 2016 The Union and the company met again today, Thursday, October 27, 2016. In the morning session, PIW responded to CWA’s counter on discipline. CWA spent the remainder of the morning reviewing PIW’s proposals from yesterday.
Oct 26, 2016
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #3 The Union and the company met today, October 26, 2016. The day was spent exchanging proposals. PIW presented proposals regarding a new attendance plan and substance abuse policy plus revisions to the arbitration procedure.
Oct 24, 2016
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #2  October 21, 2016 The Union and the Company met on Thursday, October 6, 2016 for a one day bargaining session. The two sides agreed to extend the contract 60 days to allow each side to continue negotiations. In the morning session the negotiating teams reviewed the information that was requested by CWA.
Sep 22, 2016
CWA/PIW BARGAINING REPORT #1 The Union and the company met Thursday, September 15, 2016, for the first day of bargaining. Much of the first day was spent with the two negotiating teams discussing issues important to each side.
Sep 19, 2016
Good afternoon Brothers and Sisters: Please join us at PIW's "Mobilization Gathering" on Wednesday Sept. 21, 2016 starting at 6:30am. We will be providing a light breakfast and look forward to speaking with each member during this bargaining process. We will be there throughout the day until 4:30pm.
Aug 22, 2016
Good day Sisters and Brothers. Just a reminder that the "Bargaining Survey's" that were mailed out 8-15-16, is due back by Monday August 29,2016. Please take the time to complete and return them to the Local office. Let YOUR voice be heard.
Aug 11, 2016
The 2016 Bargaining Survey's will be mailed out to every member at PIW on Friday August 12, 2016. Please take the time to fill out the survey, as this is a way to let your voice be heard in the bargaining process. The survey is to be returned, via return envelope, to the Local by Monday August 29, 2016. Bargaining starts between CWA and PIW on September 14, 2016.
Aug 11, 2016
Mental-health advocates say Maryland desperately needs more hospital staff: The Washington Post/Josh Hicks; photo: Maryland state health worker Catherine Frazier calls on the state to hire more mental-health employees during a news conference in Catonsville, Md., on Aug. 8.
Apr 04, 2016
           Spurred on by the federal government, hospitals in Maryland have moved quickly in recent years to roll out electronic medical records. The benefits are many. Electronic medical records can help patients avoid unnecessary tests. They help doctors tailor treatment even for patients they are meeting for the first time.
Dec 22, 2015
Registered nurses earlier this month urged the District of Columbia Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services to promptly pass legislation to ensure that hospitals create plans and take necessary action to protect patients, health care workers, and others from violence in hospitals.
Aug 20, 2015
Nurses at the St. Joseph Campus of the Sisters of Charity Hospital in Buffalo, NY, members of CWA Local 1168, want a fair contract. Negotiations for a new contract covering the 200 nurses got underway with the hospital's parent employer, Catholic Health, on June 29. The current contract expires on Aug. 31.
Apr 14, 2013
Registered nurses joined with District of Columbia Council members and community supporters in a press conference today to announce the introduction of the Patient Protection Act to dramatically improve care in DC hospitals to protect patients.
Feb 04, 2013
After nearly three years, caregivers at J.B. Johnson Nursing Center in Northwest Washington, DC have finally secured their first contract. The members of SEIU 1199 United Healthcare Workers East voted overwhelmingly to ratify it on January 23rd.
Oct 29, 2012
In speaking to the company’s representative, it has been determined that PIW will accommodate any employee who reports to work with sleeping arrangements or transportation home if required.


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