Hospital and nurses to resume contract talks Friday

first_imgThe University of Vermont Medical Center,The nurses union, representing 1,800 nurses and 300 technical professionals, held a press conference Monday outside The UVM Medical Center. They announced a potential strike starting July 12. VBM photo.Vermont Business Magazine The University of Vermont Medical Center and the union representing its nurses, Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, have agreed to resume negotiations beginning Friday, July 6, with the federal mediator, according to a press release issued Thursday by the hospital. The union notified the hospital on Monday that barring a settlement, the union will go on strike for 48 hours starting July 12 at 7am. Their contract expires July 9 and they have said they will otherwise work without a contract. The principal dispute is over staffing levels and wages. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) is also lending his support to the union effort.“We’re very pleased to have an additional opportunity to meet with the union and hopefully avoid the disruption a strike would cause,” said Eileen Whalen, MHA, RN, president of the UVM Medical Center. “We are ready to meet at any time as we work to reach a fair agreement.”Seven Days reports that the hospital is prepared to bring in hundreds of nurses(link is external) to cover staffing in the event of a strike and is scrambling to find enough hotel rooms in the Burlington area. The union represents 1,800 nurses and 300 technicians.The union is asking for a 24% wage increase over the 3-year contract. The UVM Medical Center stated that it has nearly doubled its wage offer in the past week to 13%, plus significant increases beyond that for nurses in certain roles.”For example,” the press release states, “because we agreed to wage parity between our inpatient and outpatient nurses starting on September 1 of this year, rather than phasing it in over three years, those nurses will see their wages increase between 10% and 26% two months from now. The resulting average salary for inpatient and outpatient nurses would be $84,000. Nurse Practitioners would make $119,000 on average under the UVM Medical Center’s proposal. All nurses receive a comprehensive and competitive benefits package worth more than 30% of base salary.”“We want our community to know if a strike occurs, we will be prepared to continue providing quality care to our patients and families with as little disruption as possible,” said Whalen. “The vast majority of patients would not see any impact from a work stoppage, and should keep their appointments on July 12 and 13.” “Our community deserves both sides making every effort to successfully complete these talks as soon as possible,” Whalen added.Meanwhile, Senator Sanders and members of the leadership of the Vermont Federation of Nurses & Health Professionals (VFNHP) will hold a press conference Friday at 2 pm to demand that the UVM Medical Center administration address the nursing crisis at the hospital.Sanders said, “Nurses are the backbone of the UVM Medical Center. They work day and night to treat our family members and to keep our community healthy. Patient care suffers when these dedicated professionals are not treated with respect and do not receive adequate compensation.”He, like the nurses, is pushing for a $15 an hour wage for those hospital workers (the nurses all make more) who are now below that level. The hospital already has plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 by 2020.RELATED STORIESNurses union notifies hospital of intent to strikeVermont Business Magazine The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals announced Monday morning they intend to strike for two days next week. The hospital and union had worked several days late last week in order to find a resolution, but were unsuccessful. The union represents 1800 nurses and 300 technical professionals. Nurses plan to strike at 7 am on Thursday, July 12 until 7 am on Saturday, July 14UVM Medical Center Seeks to Hire Hundreds in Advance of Strike (link is external)Seven Days University of Vermont Medical Center is making plans to fly hundreds of out-of-town nurses to Burlington to fill in if its nurses strike for two days next week. A staffing agency is recruiting nurses online and reserving local hotel rooms.Source: (Burlington, VT) The University of Vermont Medical Center 7.5.2018last_img read more

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Tourism industry growing as new projects begin

first_imgLocalNews Tourism industry growing as new projects begin by: Dominica Vibes News – February 14, 2018 110 Views   no discussions Share Share Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritWith the Marriott International brand and Trust Hospitality being affiliated with the new Anichi Resort and Spa for which ground was broken last week; Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has said Dominica’s tourism industry is growing from strength to strength. Mr. Skerrit, at the ceremony said, Trust Hospitality and Marriott International are two well respected international brands and they do not place their names on any development. “It is a very meticulous and careful examination and study and due diligence and having being satisfied that this project and the developers pass the test, they have ascribed their names to it,” he said. Therefore, the association of these brands to this Anichi Resort and Spa which boasts of 120 luxury rooms upon completion should not be taken lightly added the Prime Minister. “This is careful, very careful selection process by both Trust Hospitality and the Marriot brand,” he said.last_img read more

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Japan seals Davis Cup World Group playoff victory over Bosnia-Herzegovina

first_imgMcLachlan and Uchiyama fired 12 aces and 32 winners, while Brkic and Fatic served six double faults, twice as many as their opponents.With the win, Japan secured its spot in the 2019 World Group, the top tier of next year’s Davis Cup, and a seeded berth in next February’s qualifying round.Japan’s Taro Daniel and Yoshihito Nishioka won their respective singles rubbers on Friday to give Japan a 2-0 lead.Japan was consigned to the Davis Cup World Group playoffs following a first-round defeat against Italy in February. OSAKA – Ben McLachlan and Yasutaka Uchiyama defeated Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic in straight sets in the doubles rubber on Saturday as Japan won its Davis Cup World Group playoff against Bosnia-Herzegovina 3-0.The Japanese duo completed a 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Brkic and Fatic in 1 hour, 52 minutes at the ITC Utsubo Tennis Center. GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES KEYWORDS Davis Cup, Yasutaka Uchiyama, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Ben McLachlan, Tomislav Brkic, Nerman Fatic center_img Japan’s Ben McLachlan (left) plays a shot as partner Yasutaka Uchiyama looks on in a Davis Cup World Group playoff doubles match against Bosnia-Herzegovina on Saturday in Osaka. The duo defeated Tomislav Brkic and Nerman Fatic 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. | KYODO IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

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