USW Local 7600 leadership, President Valery Robinson and Vice President Liz Cuevas have done it again!

As many of you may know, Registered Nurses are receiving a incentives for working extra shifts.  Upon learning about this, USW leadership raised the concern to KP that all workers from all unions deserve the incentive including, USW Local 7600.

Valery Robinson was quoted saying, “I will not stop fighting until my members are acknowleged, appreciated and valued."

Valery did not go unheard and on December 27th KP conceded that Respiratory Care Practitioners deserved an incentive along with the RNs.  After speaking with Valery about the RT Incentive win, she stated, “It’s not enough! I won’t stop until all workers receive an incentive.”  click here to read RT Incentive article

On January 15, 2021, after spending hours upon grueling hours going back and forth with the company, President Valery Robinson kept true to her promise to continue fighting for all workers securing an extension for Respiratory Care Practitioners and adding the following classifications to the extra shift incentive.

  • RCP Extension
  • Phlebotomist (JC 30049)
  • LVN-Inpatient (JC 30134
  • LVN-Outpatient (JC30134)
  • LVN Newborn Hearing Coordinator (JC 30136)
  • LVN HH/Hospice/Palliative Care (JC 30797)
  • LVN Retail (JC 30862)

Sisters and brothers, the fight is far from over!  Liz Cuevas Vice President stated, “It hasn’t been easy, conversations began at 6 a.m. and continued throughout the entire day.  The company is not just agreeing to give incentives, we’re having to fight for it.  This victory is only another milestone in winning incentives for all workers.”

USW Local 7600 leadership is fighting for all members to receive an incentive.  We will not quit until you do!  We need your help!  Part of securing that all members receive an incentive will be in hearing from you.  So, if you are interested in sharing your story about how COVID-19 has impacted you as a worker please reach out to Contract Specialist Joel Maya by sending an email to [email protected].  Your stories will be shared on our website, with the company and with the Alliance of Healthcare Workers.

An additional shift is defined as hours worked in the care of patients that is in excess of 36 hours. The extra shift incentive is in addition to applicable overtime and differential provisions as may be required by law and/or as set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. In one work week for Variable On-Call staff and in excess of 40 hours in one work week for 1.0 FTE staff. If the staff member is routinely scheduled for four 12 hour shifts in one week (1.05 FTE), the additional shift definition for that week would be hours worked in the care of patients that is in excess of 48 hours. In addition, for part-time staff, a minimum of 24 hours must first be worked in the work week before being eligible for the incentive. Non-productive hours do not count toward eligibility. All scheduled shifts in place at the time of the agreement's effective date may be eligible if all other criteria of the agreement are met.

Employees who sign up for and are needed to work additional shifts, for which they are not regularly scheduled, will be eligible to receive an incentive payment for each additional shift worked as follows:

•             $150.00 for each additional 8-hour shift

•             $200.00 for each additional I0-hour shift

•             $250.00 for each additional 12-hour shift

Further, Employees who sign up for and are needed to work a night shift, as night shift is defined in the Parties' Collective Bargaining Agreement, will receive an additional incentive of $100.00 for working an additional 8 hour, 10 hour or 12 hour night shift. 

Example: An Employee signs up for needed 10-hour night shift. The Employee will receive $200.00 for working the additional 10-hour shift plus the Employee will receive an additional $100 for signing up for and working the night shift.

Effective beginning 7:00 a.m. on the January 18, 2021 through 7:00 a.m., on February 1, 2021