KP-NUHW Bargaining Update, June 3, 2022
In today’s bargaining session we offered a counter proposal on Article 28 of the contract, Job Duties and Workload Distribution. Based on what we have heard from the union about increasing case load and complexity therapists experience over time, we proposed a reasonable approach to indirect patient care (IPC) time that considers conditions for new hires, current therapists, and therapists who have 5 years or more of seniority. While challenging for management to address given our patient demands, we acknowledged the high priority placed on this issue by the union.
Our counter-proposal is designed to help support the indirect patient care we know is important for our therapists, while also meeting the demand for the direct patient care we must provide our patients, as well as complying with current and imminent regulatory requirements around access for new and return visits. We appreciate and respect the union’s candid feedback in today’s session. Proposals, counter-proposals, and discussion — at times impassioned — are normal elements of bargaining. The union let us know they will respond with its own counter-proposal, and we look forward to receiving this. We remain committed to working through the areas where we do not yet have alignment, to arrive at a solution that is good for our therapists and our patients.
As always, we thank you for the expertise, compassion, and spirit you bring to your work with our patients each day. Our next bargaining sessions are scheduled for June 10, 17, and 29. We know that together we can find a way forward that meets everyone’s needs and we will continue to keep you informed.