Shared Governance

Representational Problems/Issues with Shared Governance, Nurse Practice, or Other Committees
Committee participants should always be aware of, and respond to, any interference with union representation of individual rights and/or interference with collective bargaining rights of JNESO members.
The major labor/legal issues of concern include: 
  1. Just Cause Standard- if signing a waiver regarding behavior and expectations, members may be waiving their right to due process and grievance; 
  2. Teams- teams may attempt to set standards, create compliance measurements or discuss contract issues.  This may constitute direct dealing if teams discuss any condition of employment [such as scheduling, staffing, patient satisfaction, rewards, or other items which need to be negotiated]; 
  3. Scripting- many initiatives establish scripting to establish behavioral standards, but evaluating behavior and attitude may be subjective.  Sometimes scripting attempts to inform patients that RNs have lots of time.  This may violate the RNs right and obligation to use professional judgment in assessing whether they have sufficient staff/resources to provide excellent care [May conflict with information on a short staffing form].
If you are a Shared Governance, Nurse Practice, or other committee participant, it is imperative that you be alert for any discussions that may interfere with  RN’s legal rights.
If a Mandatory Subject of Bargaining is being discussed….OBJECT!!
Tell your manager any further dialog may be unlawful & MUST BE BARGAINED with JNESO!!
Please bring any possible violations such as improper council formation or discussion of contract issues to JNESO’s attention ASAP!!!
Mandatory subjects of bargaining are issues of wages, hours and working conditions, these include:
  • Arbitration
  • Overtime premiums
  • Rest and lunch periods
  • Pay for time spent on union business
  • Bonuses
  • Bargaining unit work
  • Dues check-off clauses
  • Pension for current employees
  • Holiday pay
  • Bereavement leave
  • Equity pay adjustments
  • Clothing & tool allowances
  • Incentive pay
  • Pay for training
  • Testing of employees
  • Premium pay for Sundays/Holidays
  • Jury duty pay
  • Profit-sharing
  • Tuition reimbursement
  • Cost-of-living adjustments (COLA)
  • Red-circle pay
  • Hours of work
  • Legal services plans
  • Discounts on company products
  • Vacation pay
  • Employer rules
  • Wages/ Salaries
  • Union shop or other union security
  • Transfers
  • Grievance procedures
  • Work Schedules
  • Sickness and accident plans
  • Life insurance
  • Dental & vision plans
  • Workloads
  • Layoffs and recalls clauses 
  • Promotions
  • Discharge & discipline
  • Medical insurance
  • Management’s rights clauses