Dear UNAP member,
After months of tireless work and negotiations, I am pleased to report that we have reached a tentative agreement with Lifespan on a new five-year contract.
We'll send more complete details as soon as possible, but for now you should know this new contract proposal:
- Preserves the UNAP health insurance plan, with minimal changes.
- Provides a competitive wage plan and addresses economic inequities for both newer and veteran members.
- Preserves the existing retirement plan but also adds an option for a 401k with a six percent employer match.
- Addresses unsafe staffing and resource concerns by establishing a new staffing, equipment and supplies committee that will meet regularly for the duration of the contract. The committee shall be comprised of UNAP members and management and be led by an independent facilitator. The joint committee will make recommendations to the hospital administration for its consideration and implementation.
While the final word on the contract approval rests in your hands, the negotiating committee unanimously voted to support this proposal and we are proud to offer it to the members for their consideration at our Membership Meeting and vote on Wednesday, August 22, at the Twin River Event Center .
Thank you for your patience, feedback and continued commitment to the union these last many months. Please know that it has made all the difference.
Frank Sims, RN, President
RIH-UNAP, Local 5098