17.1 Joint Labor/Management Committees: Purpose and Membership. Joint Labor/Management Committees are established to provide a forum for communications and problem-solving between the two parties and to deal with matters of a general personnel Union/Employer concern, as well as professional practices within the hospital related to patient care and professional issues. The Committees will work toward the improvement of patient care and recommend ways and means to improve patient care; and will address problems and concerns related to staffing and workloads. The Committees’ function will be limited to an advisory capacity and shall not include any decision making or collective bargaining authority.
Registered Nurse Unit Committee – Four (4) bargaining unit representatives, plus a Union representative, and three (3) Employer representatives, including a representative from Nursing Services Administration, plus the Labor Relations Officer or designee.
Professional/Technical Unit Committee – Four (4) bargaining unit representatives, plus a Union representative, and two (2) employer representatives and a representative from the Labor Relations Office or designee.
Social Worker Unit Committee – Three (3) bargaining unit representatives and two (2) Employer representatives.
Health Care Specialist Unit Committee – Two (2) bargaining unit representatives and two (2) Employer representatives.
Respiratory Therapist/Anesthesiology Technician Unit Committee – Two (2) RT and two (2) AT unit representatives and two (2) Employer representatives. It is understood that the RT and AT unit representatives will attend only those meetings where agenda items relevant to their professional practices will be discussed.
Airlift Northwest Registered Nurse Committee – Three (3) bargaining unit representatives plus a Union representative and up to three (3) Employer representatives, which may include a representative from HMC Nursing Administration, plus a representative from the Labor Relations Office or designee.
Meetings. Committee meetings may be requested by an authorized representative of either party. The Committee may meet more or less frequently as mutually agreed upon between the parties but the Committee shall schedule on a predetermined basis a meeting every other month and otherwise as needed. A Committee meeting shall normally be held during the day shift and at a mutually agreeable time and date. Employee members shall experience no loss in salary for meeting participation. Committee members shall be given release time for attendance at committee meetings held during working hours.
Training. If a unit leadership training program is initiated and conducted by the Union during the term of the Agreement, each of the Union's designated Labor/Management committee members shall be allowed an initial six working hours without loss of pay to participate in a Union training program. Each current employee Labor/Management Committee member who has taken the initial six hour training course shall be allowed a maximum of four hours in each subsequent year to attend refresher courses sponsored by the Union.
17.2 Nursing Recruitment and Retention Committee. The Employer and the Union mutually recognize the benefit of working together to enhance efforts to recruit and retain registered nurses. The Union may designate two (2) employee representatives to the Nursing Recruitment and Retention Committee which is a subcommittee of the Nurse Practice Committee. Both Union designated employees are also members of the Nurse Practice Committee. The Committee will discuss issues raised by its members and mutually develop projects to work on. Reports from the Recruitment and Retention Committee will go to the Nurse Practice Committee and the Joint Labor/Management Committee.
17.3 Nurse Practice Committee(s). The Union may designate an employee representative to the Nurse Practice Committee(s).
17.4 HMC Health and Safety Committee. Two employee representatives designated by the Union shall serve as members of the HMC Health and Safety Committee.
17.5 Product Evaluation Committee. The Union may designate a representative to serve on the Product Evaluation Committee.
17.6 Parking Committee. The Union may designate a representative to serve on the Parking Committee. The Committee will meet at least quarterly. Management will provide updates on parking waiting lists and changes in parking policy. Placement on the waiting lists will be made available to individual staff by the Parking Office upon request. Management will accept proposed agenda items from Committee members. The Medical Center is committed to enhancing its parking/transportation program and to emphasizing employee safety as a critical element in the program.
17.7 Committee Work. All time spent by employees on Employer established committees and committees mentioned in this contract (including side letters) shall be considered time worked and shall be paid at the appropriate rate of pay.
17.8 Staffing Concerns-Process for Raising and Resolving Workload and Staffing Issues. The Employer and the Union mutually recognize that fluctuation in admission rates, outpatient census, clinic flow and referrals to employees create imbalances in workload. Workload management and staffing concerns will be placed on the agenda for the Joint Labor/Management Committee.
Employees individually or as a group, believing there is an immediate, continuous or potential workload/staffing problem are encouraged to bring that problem to the attention of the supervisor or employee’s manager or designee at any time throughout the fiscal year. An employee(s) that has raised staffing or workload issues with their supervisor or manager and the issue has not been resolved to the employee(s) satisfaction can bring the issue to the Joint Labor/Management Committee.
The Committee will mutually agree on information that is useful for these discussions and if available that information will be provided. The Joint Labor/Management Committee may mutually agree to invite appropriate resource people to attend meetings.
17.9 Multi-disciplinary Meetings. When an issue/subject arises that would be best addressed through a Joint Labor Management meeting involving members from more than one bargaining unit represented by the Union, either party may request such a meeting. The meeting will occur within thirty (30) days of such a request. The Union may bring one representative from each of the bargaining units impacted and the Employer will bring appropriate management staff to address the issue/subject. The scope of authority of the meeting and release time for employee representatives will be treated in a manner identical to the individual bargaining unit Joint Labor Management meetings.