Tuesday, September 25, 2012

SHARE Members Approve Contract

The contract was ratified with a 97% Yes vote (1,275 SHARE members voted Yes, and 33 SHARE members voted No.) Thank you to everyone who voted, either Yes or No. It is a sign of a healthy union that so many people came to voice their opinion. The contract goes into effect next week.

Monday, September 24, 2012


Monday, September 24
ACC                               1:00pm - 6:00pm                 4th floor, ACC4-001
Barre                              11:30am - 1:30pm               Break Room
Biotech III                      11:45am - 2:00pm                Conference Room (202)
CBO                               8:00am - 11:00am               1st Floor File Room
Farmhouse                    12:30pm - 1:30pm                Basement Conference Room
Hahnemann                   12:00pm - 1:30pm                2nd Floor Conference Room
Home Health                  9:30am - 10:00am                Break Room
Lincoln St Emp Health   10:00am - 10:30am              Break Room
Milford                           11:00am
Morgan                          12:00pm - 1:30pm                3rd Floor Conf Room
PTC                                3:00pm - 4:00pm
Shrews Family Med       8:45am - 9:00am                  Break Room
Shrews Radiology          8:00am - 8:30am                  Break Room
Sleep Center                  2:30pm – 3:00pm                 Break Room
So County Pediatrics     2:00pm - 2:30pm                  lobby
Tri-River                        12:00pm - 1:00pm                Community Room
WBC                              12:00pm - 2:30pm                Spruce Conference Room
W. Boylston Fam Med   2:00pm - 3:00pm                  Conference Room
328 Shrewsbury            3:00pm - 3:30pm
67 Belmont                    11:30am - 11:45am              Conference Room
Tuesday, September 25
University                    6:00am - 4:00pm                   Cafeteria (back right corner)
Memorial                     6:00am – 8:00am                   Memorial 1 Conf Room Memorial                     8:15am – 10:30am                 Memorial Cafeteria
Memorial                    11:00am – 4:00pm                  Memorial Cafeteria
Voting is limited to SHARE members. Please call the SHARE office if you need to sign a membership card.
You can vote at any location. However, absentee ballots are not allowed.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Contract Agreement!

The SHARE Contract Negotiating Team is very pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement! The contract goes into effect if SHARE members vote to approve it on September 24th-25th.

All SHARE members will be mailed to their home address a Summary of the tentative agreement, a list of Voting times and locations, a list of Information Meeting times and locations, and a Raise Calculator.

Also you can find, through this highlighted link, Full details of the Agreement.

Our goal in these negotiations has been to preserve benefits, get a decent raise, and create as much stability for SHARE members as possible. If ratified, our new contract:

• Runs for four years, from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2016

• Preserves the 85%-15% split on Health Insurance premiums & keeps co-pays the same

• Provides Raises that average 3% for SHARE members each year (see Raise Calculator)

• Reduces the Pension benefit (No pension earnings will be lost; however, starting in 2017, the calculation will be modified so that it continues to increase, but not as fast)

• Doubles UMass Memorial’s match for member contributions to the 401(k) starting in 2017

• Raises the Charge Pay differential from $0.60/hr to $2.50/hr

• Preserves the Earned Time accrual rate for current SHARE members, but reduces the rate for future members by 3 days/year

• Strengthens our Work Security language with stipulations about any potential outsourcing and department closures or sales in the future

The contract proposal also provides a timeline and guidelines for a joint Labor-Management Committee. During negotiations, SHARE and UMass Memorial identified a list of unresolved issues we have agreed to continue to discuss and try to reach agreement about. For example, UMass Memorial has stated its interest in raising parking rates gradually until SHARE member rates meet the newly-proposed higher rates. Enclosed you can find more details about the parking proposal, and a full list of the issues proposed by UMass Memorial and SHARE.

The negotiating team believes that with this agreement, we participate responsibly toward the success of our hospital, and, at the same time, provide what we and our families need, in order to deal with what seem to be ever-increasing economic pressures. We ask you to vote in favor of this agreement on September 24th-25th.