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Beth Israel hospital - Local 1199.

Beth Israel hospital--Local 1199

Beth Israel Medical Center and Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union reached a 3-year agreement, covering 3,500 nurses in New York City, that provides for gains in starting and senior level pay. Over the term, minimum annual starting salaries were raised $11,525 (to $42,500), while maximum pay of senior level nurses increased to almost $70,000.

Maximum annual longevity pay was boosted to $16,750 (from $4,960) in January 1990, progresses to $22,000 in March 1991, to $23,000 in September 1991, and to $25,000 in October 1992. Nurses with less seniority received proportionally smaller increases.

The contract also increased both education and shift differentials. The differential for bachelor degrees increased to $1,000 per year (previously, $400), and for masters and doctorates to $1,200 (previously, $700 and $1,000, respectively). The evening and night shift differential was raised $800 annually (to $4,800) in the first year of the contract and $200 in the second year. In addition, a new $2,500 annual differential was given to nurses with certain certification specialties.

Other contract changes include the elimination of mandatory overtime for nurses with at least 5 years seniority; a 1-month paid sabbatical for registered nurses with at least 25 years of service; the elimination of mandatory floating from one hospital unit to another, except in an emergency, for nurses with at least 15 years of seniority in the first year of the contract and with at least 12 years in the second contract year; the establishment of "in-charge" pay, up to $1,500 annually; increases of $5-$8 in the per diem rate (to $28-$35); establishment of unpaid paternal leave of up to 6 months to care for newborn or adopted children; and improved health insurance and pension benefits.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Cimini, Michael H.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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