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UW/SEIU 1199 Contract (Effective 7/1/13 - 6/30/15)
Article 6 Bargaining Unit Classes/Definitions

6.1 Classes. Current classes included in the bargaining units covered by this contract are as follows:

  1. Registered Nurse Bargaining Unit
    Pay Table BR
    • (8903) Registered Nurse 2 (Staff Nurse)
    • (8904) Registered Nurse 3
  2. Professional/Technical Bargaining Unit
    Pay Table BE (Except Nuclear Med Technologist Lead which is Pay Table BF)
    • (8919) Imaging Tech Trainee
    • (8921) Imaging Technologist
    • (8925) Imaging Tech Lead
    • (8922) Imaging Tech Computed Tomography
    • (8923) Imaging Tech - Angiography
    • (8924) Imaging Tech - Magnetic Resonance Imaging
    • (8926) Imaging Tech - Mammography
    • (8913) Diagnostic Medical Sonographer
    • (8914) Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Lead
    • (8915) Diagnostic Medical Sonographer Specialist
    • (8916) Nuclear Med Technologist Lead
    • (8917) Nuclear Med Technologist 1
    • (8918) Nuclear Med Technologist 2
  3. Social Worker Bargaining Unit
    Pay Table BC
    • (8942) Social Worker Assistant 2
    • (8943) Social Worker I
    • (8944) Social Worker II
  4. Health Care Specialist Bargaining Unit
    Pay Table BQ
    • (8933) Health Care Specialist
    • (8934) Health Care Specialist Lead
    • (8935) Health Care Specialist Inpatient
    • (8936) Health Care Specialist Lead Inpatient
  5. Respiratory Therapist/Anesthesia Technician Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist Bargaining Unit
    Pay Table BS
    • (8956) Respiratory Care Associate
    • (8957) Respiratory Care Practitioner
    • (8958) Respiratory Care Lead
    • (8959) Anesthesiology Technician Lead
    • (8960) Anesthesiology Technician 2
    • (8950) Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist 1
    • (8951) Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist 2
    • (8952) Electroneurodiagnostic Technologist 3
  6. Airlift Northwest Registered Nurse Bargaining Unit
    Pay Table BR
    • (8908) Registered Nurse 2
    • (8909) Registered Nurse 3

Notes:

New Graduate/Returning Nurse: A registered nurse whose clinical experience after graduation is less than six months, or a registered nurse who is returning to practice with no current clinical training or experience. Such nurses shall be assigned as a team member under the close and direct supervision of a qualified nurse and shall be responsible for the direct care of a limited number of patients. This assignment shall not exceed six (6) continuous months unless extended for an additional three (3) months when mutually agreed to by the Employer and individual nurse involved. Nurses working under close and direct supervision shall not be assigned charge duty or as a team leader without a staff nurse being present in the unit except in cases of emergency.

6.2 Full-Time Employees. An employee who is classified staff and is regularly scheduled on a forty (40) hour week in a seven (7) day period, or an eighty (80) hour week schedule in a fourteen (14) day period.

For Airlift Northwest Bargaining Unit Members an employee who is classified staff and is regularly scheduled two hundred and forty (240) hours in a six (6) week period.

6.3 Part-Time Employees. An employee who is classified staff and who is regularly scheduled to work a minimum of twenty (20) hours in a seven (7) day period or forty (40) hours in a fourteen (14) day period. Such employees receive prorated salaries and benefits.

For Airlift Northwest Bargaining Unit Members an employee who is classified staff and is regularly scheduled one hundred and twenty (120) hours or more but less than two hundred and forty (240) hours in a six (6) week period.

6.4 Per Diem/Hourly Employees. Per Diem/hourly employees are temporary University employees not covered under the provisions or the terms of this labor agreement.

Per Diem/hourly employees may be used for the purpose of providing coverage during periods when regular staff are on leaves such as vacation, sick, education, parental, retention, union and all other leaves covered by the contract. Per Diem/hourly employees may also be used to provide coverage for recruitment of vacancies, orientation periods and fluctuation in census.

The employer will provide quarterly reports to the Union on the use of Per Diem/hourly employees employed during the quarter, by unit, and number of hours worked in the quarter.

6.5 Licensed/Certified Employees. Employees who must be licensed by the State of Washington or possess a specific certification must update and maintain current their license or certification to practice in their classification. For Airlift Northwest bargaining unit members the Employer will pay for the state nursing license that the ALNW Registered Nurse needs for the state that the nurse does not live in.

6.6 Probationary Period/Trial Service Period.

Probationary Period. A probationary employee is an employee in a permanent position who has been hired by the Employer on a full-time or part-time basis and who has been continuously employed by the Employer for less than six (6) months. After six (6) months of continuous employment, the employee will attain permanent status. Any paid or unpaid leave taken during the probationary period will extend the period for an amount of time equal to the leave. Probationary period employees have no layoff or rehire rights. During the probationary period an employee may be terminated without notice and without recourse to the grievance procedure.

By mutual agreement the Employer and an employee may extend the probationary period up to an additional three (3) months. In no event will the probationary period exceed nine (9) months.

Trial Service Period. An employee who voluntarily moves from one position in the bargaining unit to another (excluding shift changes on a given work unit) shall have a trial service period of six (6) weeks. During the trial service period either the employee or the employer may elect for the employee to return to his/her position without notice and without recourse to the grievance procedure. In the event the former position has been filled with a permanent employee, the employee will be placed on the rehire list.

6.7 Charge Nurse. A Registered Nurse 2 (staff nurse) who is assigned responsibility for an organized unit for a period of four (4) or more hours. Charge nurse responsibility shall not overlap on the same shift. "Organized unit" shall be defined by the Employer. Upon successful completion of the probationary period, all nurses shall be eligible to apply for training as charge nurse. If a nurse is not accepted into training, the nurse will receive an explanation.

Management will make a good faith effort not to assign charge duty to a float nurse. Nurses regularly assigned to a specific unit and who are qualified to act in charge will be placed in charge before a nurse floated to that unit is placed in charge. On all units, the charge nurse will use her/his professional judgment when it is necessary to take patients, based on patient needs and nurse competency. Nurses floating to a unit shall then be assigned charge only by mutual consent.

It is within the role of the Charge nurse to determine the need for additional staff based on a thorough assessment of patient needs, unit activity, and available resources and to make the appropriate recommendation to the staffing office/manager.

6.8 Preceptor. A Registered Nurse 2, Health Care Specialist, Social Worker 1, END Technologist, Respiratory Care Practitioner or Anesthesia Technician may serve as a preceptor after successfully completing a preceptor workshop or equivalent documented training and agreeing to and being appointed to be specifically responsible for planning, organizing, and evaluating the new skill development of one or more RNs, Health Care Specialists, Social Workers, END Technologists, Respiratory Care Practitioners or Anesthesia Technicians as appropriate enrolled in a defined orientation program, the parameters of which have been set forth in writing by the Employer. This includes teaching, clinical supervision, role modeling, feedback, evaluation (verbal and written) and follow up of the new or transferring employee.

The RN 2, Health Care Specialist, Social Worker 1, END Technologist, Respiratory Care Practitioner or Anesthesia Technician preceptor is eligible to receive preceptor premium pay when actually engaged in preceptor role responsibilities with/on behalf of the orienting RN, Health Care Specialist, Social Worker, END Technologist, Respiratory Care Practitioner or Anesthesia Technician.

An RN 2, Health Care Specialist, Social Worker 1, END Technologist, Respiratory Care Practitioner or Anesthesia Technician substituting for the original preceptor during a period of absence and who has been designated to carry out the preceptor's complete responsibility (including following and/or adjusting the plan to meet learning needs and providing oral and written evaluation input) will receive preceptor pay.

A preceptor may be assigned to a student when it is determined by the Employer that the employee has completed the required preceptor training or has agreed to and been appointed a preceptor. The employee is specifically responsible for planning, organizing, and evaluating the new skill development of the student as appropriately enrolled in a defined program, the parameters of which have been set forth in writing by the Employer. This includes teaching, clinical supervision, role modeling, feedback, evaluation (verbal and written) and follow up of the student

Airlift Northwest Preceptor. Airlift Northwest will pay preceptor pay to assigned nurses who have completed the preceptor work shop or agree to work with assigned ED residents, including monitoring and evaluating their training. Such preceptors will be the conduit for the residents to have a consistent and educational experience at Airlift Northwest.

6.9 Certification

Registered Nurses. Nurses certified in a specialty area by a national organization and working in that area of certification shall be paid a premium provided the particular certification has been approved by the Associate Administrator for Patient Care, or designee, and further provided that the nurse continues to meet all educational and other requirements to keep the certification current and in good standing. A certified nurse is eligible for only one certification premium regardless of other certifications the nurse may have. Certified nurses will notify their respective Director/Manager in writing at the time certification is received, providing a copy of the original certification document. Certification pay will be effective the first full pay period after the date documentation is received by the Director/Manager.

ImagingTechnologists/Sonographers. Imaging Technologists/Sonographers, certified in a specialty area by a national organization and working in that area of certification shall be paid a premium provided the particular certification has been approved by the Administrative Director, Radiology, or designee, and further provided that the employee continues to meet all educational and other requirements to keep the certification current and in good standing. A certified employee is eligible for only one certification premium regardless of other certifications the employee may have. Certified employees will notify their respective Supervisor/Manager in writing at the time certification is received, providing a copy of the original certification document. Certification pay will be effective the first full pay period after the date documentation is received by the Supervisor/Manager.

Respiratory Care Practitioners. A Respiratory Care Practitioner registered as a Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) by the National Board for Respiratory Therapists, a national organization, shall be paid a premium provided the certification has been approved by the Respiratory Care Manager or designee. A Respiratory Care Practitioner is eligible for only one certification premium regardless of other certifications the employee may have. Employees registered as a RRT will notify their respective Supervisor/Manager in writing at the time the RRT certification is received, providing a copy of the original certification document. Current staff who do not have the original RRT certification document should provide reasonable proof to validate their RRT status. Certification pay for RRT will be effective the first full pay period after the date documentation/proof is received by the Supervisor/Manager.

Anesthesia Technicians. Anesthesia Technicians certified in their specialty area by a national organization and working in that area of certification shall be paid a premium provided the particular certification has been approved by the Director of Perioperative Services, or designee, and further provided that the employee continues to meet all educational and other requirements to keep the certification current and in good standing. A certified employee is eligible for only one certification premium regardless of other certifications the employee may have. Certified employees will notify their respective Supervisor/Manager in writing at the time certification is received, providing a copy of the original certification document. Certification pay will be effective the first full pay period after the date documentation is received by the Supervisor/Manager.

Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists. Electroneurodiagnostic Technologists certified in a specialty area by a national organization and working in that area of certification shall be paid a premium provided the particular certification has been approved by the appropriate divisional Administrative Director, or designee, and further provided that the employee continues to meet all educational and other requirements to keep the certification current and in good standing. A certified employee is eligible for only one certification premium regardless of other certifications the employee may have. Certified employees will notify their respective Supervisor/Manager in writing at the time certification is received, providing a copy of the original certification document. Certification pay will be effective the first full pay period after the date documentation is received by the Supervisor/Manager.