Friday, August 4, 2017

Slotting Pay by Experience in Peer-Based Titles

As part of contract negotiations, SHARE and UMass Memorial agreed to slotting pay by experience for SHARE members in certain titles (called peer-based titles). We are in the process now of confirming years of experience with the people affected. 

If you are not in one of these titles, you are not affected.

If you are in one of these peer-based jobs and have not received an email from SHARE asking you to confirm your experience, please get in touch asap. You can email SHARE.Comment@theshareunion.org or call Deb Largesse at the SHARE office at 508-929-4020 x23.

What are the peer-based titles?

Peer Slotted Titles
Grade
CYTOTECHNOLOGIST II
TEC12
DISPATCHER, COMMUNICATION SPEC
ADM8 
INTERPRETER
ADM7 
LPN, AMBULATORY
NSG10
LPN, MAMMOGRAPHY
NSG10
LPN, MEDICAL GROUP
NSG10
STUDENT COORD, NUC MED
TEC13
TECH, ENDO-ADV PROCED (LPN)
NSG11
TECH, PHARMACY PROCUREMENT
TEC7 
TECHNICIAN, HISTOLOGY II
TEC10
TECHNICIAN, PHARMACY CERT, TOC
TEC7 
TECHNICIAN, PHARMACY CERTIFIED
TEC7 
TECHNOL, U/S REG-CARD U/S
TEC14
TECHNOL, U/S REG-VASC LAB
TEC14
TECHNOL, U/S REG-WMN HLTH
TEC14
TECHNOL, U/S-VASC LAB
TEC13
TECHNOL,RAD INVASIVE CARDIOVAS
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, MEDICAL II
TEC11
TECHNOLOGIST, NUCLEAR MEDICINE
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, RAD II
TEC12
TECHNOLOGIST, RAD II-ANGIO
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, RAD II-CT SCAN
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, RAD II-MAMMOGRPY
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, RAD II-MULTIMODA
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, ULTRASOUND
TEC13
TECHNOLOGIST, ULTRASOUND REG
TEC14
TECHNOLOGIST,MEDICAL,BLOOD BNK
TEC12
THERAPIST, RADIATION I
TEC13
THERAPIST, RADIATION II
TEC14
THERAPIST, RESPIRATORY II
TEC12

About 20% of SHARE members are in a peer-based title. In a previous contract, the other 80% of SHARE members had their pay slotted -- they got raises to put them on platforms if they were too low for their years of experience. On October 1, SHARE members in the peer-based titles who are too low for their years of experience will get raises to put them on the correct platform.

Why were peer-based titles treated differently than other titles?

They are jobs that had their pay rates adjusted for equity many years ago, because the hospital was having trouble hiring and keeping people in these titles. Each title got its own pay scale. In 2008, we created pay scales with platforms for all the other jobs in SHARE. The platform-based system we created has been working well, so we are moving to using it for all SHARE members.

What is the purpose of slotting?

The goal is to increase both equity and transparency. SHARE and UMass Memorial have negotiated platforms for each pay grade, based on years of experience. Anyone in a peer-based title who is still below the right platform, after their raise, will get an additional raise to bring their pay up to the right platform. New employees will also be hired onto the scale based on their experience. Everyone will be able to see what the scale is and where they are on it. We have been working toward this goal for several years, and we are very proud of our agreement.

Am I getting a raise?

All SHARE members are getting their contractual raise October 1. Some people will get an additional slotting raise, but most people will not be affected by the slotting.
  • Anyone in a peer-based title who is below the right platform will get an additional raise to bring their pay up to the right platform.
  • Most people in the peer-based titles are already at or above their platform – they will not be affected. No one’s pay will go down through slotting.
  • Anyone who is not in a peer-based title will not be affected because their titles are already platform-based. 

Free College Humanities Course

Looking for more free educational opportunities? SHARE Executive Board Member Larry Madden points out that the August interview deadline for the Worcester Clemente Course in the Humanities is coming up quickly.

Larry himself is a graduate, and an advisory board member to the Clemente Course, which offers 6 free college credits, all-expenses-paid (including books, daycare, and public transportation). For more information, visit the Clemente Course website, or email Larry.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Workplace Violence Prevention Forum

By the end of last week’s panel discussion on Workplace Violence Prevention, a few takeaways were very clear:

  1. Workplace violence is up, the rates are especially high in hospitals, and our hospital is no exception.
  2. The executive leadership of UMass Memorial is very actively working on solutions.
  3. Our hospital needs to enlist much more help from frontline employees to make significant improvements.

Of course, in the many areas where SHARE members work, workplace violence is a big, broad, serious subject. The panel brought together experts from our hospital and medical school who spoke to the spectrum of issues. Not every question led to a clear answer. UMass Memorial President Patrick Muldoon concluded the event by noting that the efforts so far are only a beginning.

University Campus Police Chief John Luippold praised caregivers, and encouraged us to recognize all that UMass Memorial employees do already to get patients home safely, consistently, day after day. Luippold also emphasized that all employees should trust their gut if they sense that something is out of the ordinary.

Dr. Sheldon Benjamin, Interim Chair of the UMMS Department of Psychiatry, elaborated on that idea. He explained that extremely important for caregivers to remove themselves from a situation that seems potentially dangerous, and then get help. As he put it: the main job of a caregiver is to stay able to help others.

Over 100 audience members attended, including many hospital and medical school leaders. Afterward, SHARE Co-President Rita Caputo remarked: The panel had so much information!  But not a lot of the kind of information that we can use at work. She’s looking forward to events where employees share their experiences, and help innovate new solutions.

How to Help with Violence Prevention

If you work in areas that experience violent patients, or “lateral” employee-on-employee bullying, then the Workplace Violence Working Group would particularly like to include you in their efforts. (To inquire or become involved, contact Sharon Gaynor, Senior Director of Employee Health, or Dr. Maria Michas, Employee Health Medical Director.)

You can also ready yourself for difficult situations by enrolling in the hospital’s Nonviolent Crisis Intervention Program, provided by the Crisis Prevention Institute. SHARE members who have already taken the course have said that they found it really helpful.

What’s Being Done Now?

The panel described a number of initiatives and procedures that are already in place to provide help, including:

  • The hospital’s Workplace Violence Working Group, which currently consists of 59 members.
  • Installation of over 300 “panic buttons” at strategic places throughout the institution.
  • Legislation such as Elise’s Law--named in honor of the nurse from Harrington Hospital who was recently assaulted by a patient--which pressures hospitals to increase security.  

To Report Incidents of Violence

To report incidents of violence, or potential violence, please call:

  • Off Campus: 911
  • University Campus Police: 6-3296
  • Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Police: 4-8568
  • Employee Health: 3-6400

Read more about the Workplace Violence Prevention forum in News & Views. Soon we hope report about how to watch the event yourself online, using on-demand video. More to come . . .

Friday, July 28, 2017

New SHARE Rep Training

Sixteen SHARE Representatives from throughout the UMass Memorial system completed the most recent New Rep Training course. The course is designed to provide an overview of our union and the ways that Reps build community and help their co-workers. Along the way, we traded a lot of stories about different work areas. 




The curriculum introduces a number of topics, including:

  • Who's in SHARE
  • SHARE's place in the labor movement
  • Using the SHARE Contract 
  • Building the union membership and cultivating community
  • Interest-Based Negotiating Methods
  • What happens in Contract Negotiations
  • Why SHARE focuses on system improvement
  • Unit-Based Teams, and other ways of engaging members in decision making
  • Labor-Management Partnership
  • Problem-Solving, including the Disciplinary Process

As we considered what's ahead for our union, the new Reps talked enthusiastically. And there were many funny moments. Afterward, Christean Hughes, a Medical Billing Specialist at 306 Belmont Street, said, "I loved it. I think everyone in our union should get to go to a meeting like that." We're lucky to have this new group of Reps, and are looking forward to more together.  

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Workplace Violence Discussion this Friday

According to OSHA statistics, healthcare workers are four times more likely than employees in private industry to encounter workplace violence, and the rates are increasing. Patient care poses unique challenges, and many SHARE members are at increased risk.
To address the concerns in our hospital, a Workplace Violence Panel Discussion will be held this Friday, July 28, noon to 1 pm, in Amphitheatre III, on the University Campus. (The panel discussion will also be broadcast in the Memorial Campus Amphitheater and  in the Hahnemann Campus, 2nd Floor Conference Room, and recorded for on-demand viewing.)
Getting free from work responsibilities can be hectic--especially while navigating the busy lunchtime elevators and finding something to eat; managers are being encouraged to provide coverage to ensure that front-line employees from many areas can attend.
If you would like to come and learn more about how to curb the violence, and the ways that our hospital is addressing the problem, please talk with your supervisor or manager.
To reach Amphitheatre III from the main UMMS entrance, take a left at the main corridor and take the second right to locate the elevators. Take the elevator to either the 6th or 7th floor and follow posted signs to the entrance.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SHARE Career Development Workshops

Feeling confident?
Come to the Interview Skills Workshop
to hone your strengths
The first workshops of the new SHARE Career Development Series are on the books. Sign up now! These are designed to help SHARE members advance their skills and their careers at UMass Memorial. The workshops are being organized by the SHARE-UMass Memorial Workforce Planning Partnership Committee, created in our most recent contract negotiations.

The sessions will provide strategies, tips, and resources for maximizing your strengths as an internal candidate. We encourage you to register in advance to ensure your place in the workshop, although walk-ins will be welcome if there are empty seats. To Register, visit EL4U (additional instructions for first-time users below).

The following sessions are open for registration:


RESUME DEVELOPMENT
*Articulate your skills and work history, and put your best foot forward in the application process. Gain an understanding of different resume formats, effectively market your experience, and avoid pitfalls by learning what should and should not be included in a resume.
University Campus
Thursday, July 20th 12:00-1:00
Goff S2-309C  (Capacity: 25)
Memorial Campus
Tuesday, July 25th 12:00-1:00
Memorial 1 Conference Room (near the cafeteria, toward the ED) (Capacity: 15)
INTERVIEW SKILLS
*Participants will review the steps necessary to prepare for an interview including homework before the meeting, and what to expect during the interview.   Gain confidence answering various types of interview questions, create and practice responses, and learn how to effectively follow up.
Memorial Campus
Tuesday, August 1st 12:00-1:00
Memorial 1 Conference Room  (near the cafeteria, toward the ED) (Capacity: 15)


University Campus
Thursday, August 3rd noon-1:00
Goff S2-309C  (Capacity: 25)


We hope you can join us! And, if you aren’t able to make it to one of these Summertime workshops, there will be more opportunities. In the Fall, we will repeat these topics and include additional Career Planning sessions.


To Register for classes posted in EL4U:
Log In Page  http://healthstream.com/hlc/ummhc
User ID: Employee ID Number

Password: The first time you log in, your password is the same as your User ID; Users are then asked to create a new password


If you have questions, please call the SHARE office (508-929-4020).

Friday, July 7, 2017

2017-2018 SHARE Executive Board and Representatives

SHARE union leaders are elected by SHARE members during annual elections. They work closely with the SHARE organizing staff and work hard to keep our union strong.

The Executive Board (or "EBoard"), including the four officers, makes decisions about the direction of our union, and participates in contract negotiations. They are elected for two-year terms. They have responsibility for the whole union, and each board member is responsible for a few hundred members in their area. 

SHARE Representatives (or "Reps") serve as the contact person for their area. They are elected for one-year terms. There is roughly one Rep for every fifty SHARE members. Some Reps are trained to help co-workers solve problems in the workplace. In addition to the currently-elected Reps, several former Reps and unofficial Reps help members in their area keep up-to-date about current SHARE news, and help their co-workers find helpful SHARE resources.


SHARE Officers

Co-Presidents
Rita Caputo (University)                     PRIMARY CARE CLINIC

Bobbi-Jo Lewis (Memorial)                 SHARE ORGANIZING STAFF

Secretary
Sandra Alafberg                                 BILLING SUPPORT SERVICES

Treasurer
Kathy Girouard                                  HEART & VASC INTVL LAB
SHARE Executive Board
306 Belmont
Sheldon Brown                                  AR DENIAL MGMT TEAM 1
ACC
Sharon Pichierri                                  ORTHOPEDICS CLINIC
Memorial
Nancy Bickford                                   WEST 3
Laura M Welch                                   WOMENS SERVICES UROGYN
Jay Hagan                                          CAT SCAN
University
Tony Martocci                                    CARDIOVASC MED
Debbie Clark                                      ADMISSIONS UNIT
LeDean Buzzell                                   PEDIATRICS ADMINISTRATION
Joel Masley                                        RESPIRATORY THERAPY
WBC
Larry Madden                                    CENTRAL SCHEDULING
SHARE Representatives
306 Belmont
Kate Richardson                                 BILLING SUPPORT SERVICES
Christean Hughes                               CBO A/R
Patty Strait                                         AR DENIAL MGMT TEAM 1
Katie Kornitsky                                  AR DENIAL MGMT TEAM 2
67 Belmont
Cheryl Ferriter                                   SURGERY 67 BELMONT
ACC
Angela Robert                                    CARDIOVASCULAR CLN A CVC
Kellie Morton                                    ONCOLOGY CLINIC
Tammy Berry                                     BREAST CTR SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
Barre
Joanie Pulnik                                      BARRE HEALTH CENTER
Biotech 3
Nicole Ninteau                                   ANPA MOLECULAR DIAGNOSTIC
Hahnemann
Kelly A Rawlston                                MEDICAL STAFF ADMIN
Wanda Dyer                                      FAMILY MEDICINE CLINIC
Eleanor A Beshai                                HAHNEMANN MAMMOGRAPHY
Julie Dingui                                        HAHNEMANN MAMMOGRAPHY
Memorial
Kim Duncan                                       EMERGENCY ROOM
Brichelle Soto Guerrero                     ED REGISTRATION
Adrianna Nathan                               EMERGENCY ROOM
Kim Latrobe                                       SURGICAL VASCULAR LAB
Faye Serafin                                       WOMENS SERVICES REI
Debbie Church                                   MATERNITY-DELIVERY
Nana Kwapong                                  SOUTH 6
Tracy O'Donnell                                 FAMILY MED HOSP PROGRAM
Monique Winston                              SURGICAL ONCOLOGY
Debbie Horgan                                          PALLIATIVE CARE
Christina Sasso                                   PERINATOLOGY
Andrea Caraglior                                RESPIRATORY THERAPY
Leah Berthiaume                               MAMMOGRAPHY
Jessica Joslyn                                     RADIOLOGY DIAGNOSTIC
Claudia Twum                                    RADIOLOGY DIAGNOSTIC
Queen St
David Gogo                                        3 PTC PSYCH NURSING
Tri River
Mary Misiaszek                                  TRI RIVER CLINIC ADMIN
University
Kelly Yuscinsky                                   EMERGENCY ROOM
Tyler Knapp                                       OUTPATIENT REGISTRATION
Denise Savageau-Page                       EMERGENCY ROOM
Sue Maddalena                                  HEART & VASC INTVL LAB
Milka Gonzalez                                  INTERPRETER SERVICES
Sylvia Rodriguez                                 BMTU
Katrina Baer                                       NURSE STAFFING
Betty Maurais                                    LUNG/ALLERGY CENTER
Kona Enders                                      NURSING 3 WEST
Elsa M Benavides                               INTERPRETER SERVICES
Yamilka Velazquez                             INTERPRETER SERVICES
Cathy Gaulin                                      PRESCRIPTION CENTER
Vanessa De Los Santos                       TRANSPLANT CLINIC
April McIntyre                                   SURGERY ADMINISTRATION
Maria Wentworth                              PEDIATRICS ADMINISTRATION
Anita Pratt                                         PEDI ENDO/DIABETES
Nancy Bellantoni                                NEURODIAGNOSTIC CENTER
Luz Gomez                                        NEUROLOGY CLINIC
Tracey Zaczek                                    RESPIRATORY THERAPY
Marie Marley                                     RADIATION ONCOLOGY
Stephanie Pepi                                  TRAUMA SERVICES
David Leveille                                    ANGIOGRAPHY
Brian Cotoni                                      COMMUNICATION CENTER
Jen O'Loughlin                                   CAT SCAN
Rich Leufstedt                                   RADIOLOGY DIAGNOSTIC
WBC
Jennifer Mensah                                CENTRAL SCHEDULING
Nicole Bragg                                      PATIENT ACCESS SVS PRE ARRIVAL
Jackie Brammer                                 CENTRAL SCHEDULING
Susan E. Johnson                               CENTRAL SCHEDULING
Megan Bosworth                               CENTRAL SCHEDULING