Saint Vincent Hospital Responds to MNA Falsehoods and Sets the Record StraightApr 16, 2020
In light of misleading and untrue statements recently made public by the MNA, here are some important points to understand:
- Over the course of our negotiation, Saint Vincent conceded on ten different points – the MNA conceded on nothing. These were not terms to be hard wired into a long-term agreement, but rather important flexibilities for 90 days during this crisis.
- We prioritize safety, proper training, choice and integrity – all while balancing the needs of our community and our hospital.
- In no situation, would a nurse ever be ‘forced’ to work in a role for which he or she was not appropriately trained – that would serve no purpose and goes entirely against our mission. Instead, Saint Vincent’s proposal sought to give nurses the choice between being trained for a safe alternative assignment or taking time off with or without the use of paid time off, at the nurses’ discretion.
- The MNA, on the other hand, took the position that a nurse who refused to be trained for an alternative assignment should be able to stay in the hospital and get paid, using valuable PPE, while not necessarily caring for patients. This was a point demanded by the MNA during a public health crisis – which is surprising as caregivers know better than anyone that PPE must be preserved for those who need it.
- Finally, when we presented our most recent offer, the MNA added last minute proposals about protecting prime time vacation – again, a surprising and questionable demand to make during a public health crisis.
All members of our organization, regardless of role or position, must come together as we fight this virus, do the best for our patients and ensure the safety of our Saint Vincent community. Our nurses are outstanding, and we want to thank them, along with our staff, for their selfless efforts – day in and day out. Together, we must all remain true to our most important mission right now – to deliver life-saving care and compassion and bring us all through this difficult time.