CBA Article 23

ARTICLE 23 UNION MANAGEMENT COMMUNICATION COMMITTEES 

23.1 Purpose 

Union-Management Communication Committees will be established at the statewide and/or local levels of the Employer’s agencies as described in Appendix C, Statewide and local Union-Management Communication Committees. The purpose of the committee(s) is to provide continuing communication between the parties and to promote constructive union-management relations. The committee(s) will meet and exchange information of a group nature and general interest to both parties in order to discuss and explore concerns and possible resolutions in a collaborative manner. 

Ad-hoc committees may be established by mutual agreement at an agency-level statewide committee or a local-level committee as described in Subsection 23.2 A and B. Recommendations of the ad-hoc committees will be brought back to the state-wide or local-level committee for consideration. 

23.2 Committees 

A. Statewide Union-Management Communication Committees 

Each committee will consist of up to six (6) employer representatives and up to six (6) nurse representatives. Additional paid staff of the Union and the Employer may attend. The Employer and the Union will be responsible for the selection of their own representatives. 

B. Local Union-Management Communication Committees 

Each committee will consist of up to five (5) employer representatives and up to five (5) nurse representatives. Additional paid staff of the Union and the Employer may attend. The Employer and the Union will be responsible for the selection of their own representatives. 

C. Recruitment and Retention Communication Committee 

A Union-Management Recruitment and Retention Communication Committee will be established at the statewide level and will consist of representatives from the Department of Health, Department of Social and Health Services and the Union. The committee will consist of up to eight (8) employer representatives and up to eight (8) nurse representatives. Additional paid staff of the Union and the Employer may attend. The parties may agree to additional members. Nurses attending these meetings during their work time shall have no loss in pay. Attendance at meetings during nurses’ non-work time will not be compensated for or considered as time worked. The Union is responsible for paying any travel or per diem expenses of nurse representatives. The committee will meet at least twice annually to discuss methods of improving recruitment and retention of qualified nurses. 

23.3 Participation 

A. The Union shall provide the Employer with the names of their committee members at least ten (10) calendar days in advance of the date of the meeting in order to facilitate release of the nurses. The Employer may release nurse representatives to attend committee meetings to ensure full participation. 

B. Nurses attending committee meetings during their work time shall have no loss in pay. Nurses will be provided up to one (1) hour to prepare for committee meetings with no loss of salary. Attendance at meetings during nurses’ non-work time will not be compensated for or considered as time worked. The Union is responsible for paying any travel or per diem expenses of nurse representatives. 

C. All committee meetings shall be scheduled on mutually acceptable dates and times and at least quarterly. 

D. Each party will provide the other with any topics for discussion fourteen (14) calendar days prior to the scheduled quarterly meeting. Topics for discussion may include, but are not limited to staffing and workload. If neither party has submitted to the other party topics for discussion within seven (7) calendar days of the scheduled meeting, the meeting will be canceled. 

E. If topics discussed result in follow-up by either party, written communication will be provided by the responsible party. 

23.4 Scope of Authority 

Committees shall have no authority to conduct any negotiations, bargain collectively or modify any provision of this Agreement. The parties are authorized, but not required to document mutual understandings. Nothing in this Article or any committee’s activities shall be subject to the grievance procedure in Article 36.

© Paul Vilja 2017