Comforcare Nurses Begin Negotiations on First Contract

Negotiations at Good Samaritan's Austin Minnesota care center - Comforcare - are underway.  The Union presented a full proposal to the Employer on July 12 that contained proposals addressing members' concerns included among them were: language to address scheduling issues, safe staffing, PTO accrual improvements, paid holidays, and paid funeral leave.  Management responded to the Union's proposals on July 20. Discussions at the table centered around the importance of communication, scheduling, and the nurses roles in the facility.  Committee members Gina Richardson and Lacy Shea had the opportunity to explain their concerns and the concerns to management, who from the Union's view point, seemed to be listening.  The Union had requested that the Employer post paper sign ups and schedules as well as the elelctronic versions.  The Employer asked if they could try this on the next schedule and the Union agreed.The Union and the Employer are scheduled to continue negotiations on August 10 and 11.Copies of the Union's original proposal and the Employer's counter proposal are below: Comforcare union proposal 07_12_17.pdf employer counter proposal 7_20_17.pdf