Bargaining resumed with the Jackson Health System Management team on September 6th at the SEIU 1991 office in Miami. With Hurricane Irma threatening to hit southern Florida, the hurricane policy dominated the discussion. SEIU 1991 President Martha Baker, RN, told management that our members need clarification about scheduling and pay before, during and after a hurricane.
After much debate and reflection about lessons learned from previous storms, both sides reached a consensus on rules for hurricane pay and schedules.
Also on the agenda was a discussion about a wellness program. The Bargaining team said they welcome incentives in the program to encourage healthy habits as long as the policy isn’t too prescriptive. The team is seeking financial incentives that will encourage employees to make annual primary care visits and biometric screenings.
A team of pharmacists wrapped up the bargaining session with a detailed presentation about the challenges they face in their profession. Although they addressed several issues of concern, two of their top priorities include advancement opportunities and compensation.
After the presentation, SEIU 1991 President Martha Baker, RN, raised concerns about turnover and the lack of full-time new pharmacists to fill the vacancies.
Please join us at the next bargaining session which is scheduled for Monday, September 18th at 11am at our union office located at 1601 NW 8th Avenue, Miami, Fl 33136.