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Bargaining Team Urges 'Yes' Vote on Tarzana Tentative Agreement

October 2, 2013

Throughout the last 3-year contract term for Providence Tarzana RNs and Professionals, numerous issues came to light and grievances were filed. Because the employees brought these issues to our Union’s attention, the Bargaining Team was able to fight for contract language that will hopefully put an end to some of the issues and problems. The team was able to stop many take-aways that management proposed, from Clinical Ladder to destruction of the wage scale. The Bargaining Team is proud of the Tentative Agreement (TA) they put together and what it adds and maintains.

SEIU 121RN Bargaining Team: Jim Owen, RN, PACU; Sandy Thompson, RN, ER; Karen Pelone, RN, L&D; Kathy Parlevliet, RN, CVICU; Sue Stephens, RN, NICU; Joanna Tan, Clinical Lab.

More Info Meetings

October 7 & 8 6 to 8 p.m. NCR 3 0r 4

Ratification Vote

Wednesday, Oct. 9 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Table outside of cafeteria

Employee Benefits

The 121RN team was insistent on maintaining health benefits at current levels without increased costs. Members won’t have to worry about any increases in premiums or 0ut-of-pocket costs in 2014, and in 2015 increases are limited to no more than 10 percent on a blended average basis.


This was a hard-fought win by the Bargaining Team. After accepting a wage freeze in their last contract, the 121RN team would accept nothing except an acceptable wage increase for dedicated Tarzana employees. They scrutinized every cost and every avenue to come up with this part of the agreement.

2013: Up to 1/2 percent bonus which would be paid upon ratification to anyone who didn’t receive a step increase in July 2013 and/or received less than 1/2 percent in July 2013.

2014 and 2015

Clinical Ladder

Management wanted all RNs to start fresh at Clinical Nurse I in the new Clinical Ladder program. This would have resulted in many RNs losing wages. With nurses under attack, our Union fought for and won the right for all RNs to be “grandparented” in at their current level so there is no reduction in Clinical Ladder levels. Employees can apply for new Clinical Ladder levels May 1 and increase their base pay from 5 to 16.3 percent.

While this is not a complete list, other agreements that were made include:

Click here to view and/or print complete Contract Summary