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Release: Jan. 23, 2001
SEIU and UI Hospitals and Clinics announce employment agreements
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics management team
and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Local 199, today jointly
announced an agreement to create a weekend option pilot program for professional
and scientific staff members who work in direct patient care. A second agreement
will increase starting salaries for professional and scientific staff covered
by the collective bargaining agreement in the departments of pathology, radiology
and respiratory care.
The goal of the weekend option program, which will have a one-year trial
period, is to fill critical vacancies and ensure maximum weekend coverage
to provide optimal patient care and support staffing. It adds to a number
of flexible scheduling arrangements which were already offered and will potentially
improve recruitment and retention of staff.
The weekend option may hold particular appeal for parents of young children
who want to share child care responsibilities, students who are only available
to work weekends, and people living outside Iowa City who want to minimize
their commuting time. Current staff members are also eligible to participate
in the weekend option program. If the program is successful, current staff
may also benefit by working fewer weekends. Staff in the program must agree
to commit to stay in the program for at least six months. They will then work
24 hours over the weekend, in either two 12-hour shifts or three eight-hour
shifts, and be paid for 36 hours.
The weekend option program is effective with the signing of the memorandum
of understanding, and positions will be posted within the next few weeks.
The program will be reviewed after its one-year pilot phase to determine if
it should be retained, modified or terminated. Any changes to the current
program will be negotiated with the union and provided to staff on the program
with six weeks notice.
In recognition of the competitive labor market, starting salaries for professional
and scientific staff covered by the collective bargaining agreement in the
departments of pathology, radiology and respiratory care also will be increased
under a separate agreement. If the adjustment causes salary compression with
current staff, the salaries of those staff also will be adjusted.
Management staff and union leaders worked together on these initiatives
in response to recruitment challenges in several job categories, including
nursing, respiratory care, pathology and radiology. In addition to these programs,
the two groups continue to work on other incentive programs to enhance recruitment
and retention of staff.
For additional information or comments, call Diana Leventry, director of
staff relations and development, UI Hospitals and Clinics, at (319) 356-2008
and Kim Miller, executive director of SEIU Local 199, at (319) 341-0112, cell
phone (319) 430-8791 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient
care, medical education and research programs and services they provide.