Rochester General Hospital (RGH) and the Rochester Union of Nurses & Allied Professionals (RUNAP) met yesterday for our 23rd bargaining session since negotiations began in October of last year. The session began at around 11 AM and ended around 6 PM. During yesterday’s session, a Federal Mediator was present to assist the parties in their negotiations.


During the session, RGH presented two packages of counterproposals. One package included:


RGH also informed RUNAP that if the parties could reach a Tentative Agreement on the items in this package during yesterday’s session, RGH would agree to provide all RUNAP nurses with a 6% base-rate increase now (in October 2023) – rather than waiting until the full contract takes effect.

RUNAP responded with its own new package proposal addressing wages, per diem compensation, insurance benefits, staffing, staffing incentive program, temporary reassignment/floating, retirement benefits, differentials, certifications, and hours/overtime/on-call/schedules. The proposals in RUNAP’s new package differ from those presented by the hospital in many ways. Unfortunately, the parties did not reach a tentative agreement on any of these items.

RGH’s other package of counterproposals responds to the package RUNAP presented at the last session and includes:


The parties also discussed a responsive package from RUNAP on these issues. RUNAP did not change its proposals on holidays and vacation.  On Paid Sick Leave, RUNAP proposed that employees be permitted to use up to 72 hours of Paid Sick Leave each year (an increase from the current 56-hour limitation).  On unpaid leaves, RUNAP proposed that up to two RUNAP members would be permitted to take unpaid personal leave to work for the union during the life of the contract, and that these leaves would not be concurrent.

The parties were unable to agree to a Tentative Agreement on these items yesterday.

Ultimately, if RUNAP wants to reach an agreement, it should show that by coming back with a reasonable counterproposal on wages and other items and by agreeing to allow the staffing committee to determine ratios for each unit, based on the needs of the patients.


What’s Next

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