RNs at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin to enter contract negotiations

Nurses say safe patient care is primary goal of first contract

Nurses at Ascension Seton Medical Center in Austin, Texas (ASMCA) will hold a rally Thursday, Nov. 17, 2022, as nurses prepare to begin negotiations for a first contract with hospital management, the National Nurses United Organizing Committee (NNOC/NNU).

“We are so excited to have elected a bargaining team that is committed to addressing our most pressing concerns: patient safety, staffing and retention of nurses,” said Celeste Schmid, a registered nurse who works in the intensive care unit. “Nurses are committed to providing the highest quality care to our community, and we are confident that we can do so through our contract. »

  • What: Nurses rally as contract negotiations begin
  • When: November 17, 2022 at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Ascent Seton Medical Center Austin
  • 1201 W. 38th St., Austin

In September, ASMCA nurses voted overwhelmingly to join NNOC/NNU, the largest nurses union in the United States.

“We decided to form a union to make sure our voices are heard when decisions about patient care are made,” said Angelito Dela Cruz, RN. in the pulmonary/renal department and member of the bargaining team. “We are well aware of the improvements Texas nurses have been able to make as members of the NNOC/NNU family.”

ASMCA is now the largest private sector hospital in Texas to form a union, with more than 900 nurses represented by NNOC/NNU.

NNOC/NNU represents some 3,300 nurses in Texas. In their contracts, these NNOC/NNU nurses have have obtained agreements from their hospitals which imposed stricter application of staffing grids and improved infection control measures, including a provision requiring optimal protection for single use with a suspected or confirmed Covid-19 patient. Other notable victories in Texas have included salary increases of up to 19% over a three-year period and the creation of committees to promote diversity, equity and inclusion on race, gender, l Age and Sexual Orientation in Hospital Recruitment, Retention and Retention. promotion.

ASMCA is owned by Ascension, one of the nation’s largest Catholic, nonprofit healthcare systems. In fiscal 2021, Ascension reported net income of over $6.4 billion. Last Thursday, more than 600 RNs from Ascension Via Christi St. Francis in Wichita, Kansas, voted overwhelmingly to join NNOC/NNU.

The National Nurses Organizing Committee is affiliated with National Nurses United, the largest and fastest growing union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States, with nearly 225,000 members nationwide. country.