We reached a Tentative Agreement on a temporary “Letter of Understanding” that would be in effect through June 30, 2020. If our state is still experiencing a surge of COVID-19 patients, HealthPartners will have the right to extend this agreement one month. Any additional extensions would be by mutual agreement and we are hopeful that additional action would be taken in Congress to guide any negotiations at that time. Click here for the full text version of the Tentative Agreement. On Sunday, April 19th on the Telephone Town Hall meeting members discussed the LOU, debated the provisions and VOTED on the Tentative Agreement. Below is the recording of the call.
First Half of TeleTown Hall – Questions with President Gulley
Second half of TeleTown Hall – Questions and Vote
The agreement provides economic security for our members in exchange for some flexibility in operations.
- All members will be guaranteed to maintain our benefits for the duration of the agreement, even if on furlough.
- Extends benefit eligibility and coverage to employees in Dental and Eye clinics through the duration of the agreement.
- HealthPartners agreed to provide retro-pay for the first two weeks of the emergency for all members who experienced ILS or VLS (March 18-April 1). Those who were not paid will be paid for the lost hours and those who covered their hours from paid time accounts will have those hours restored.
- The maximum number of hours for ILS and VLS will increase from 75 to 150.
- A furlough process will be established, using volunteers first, so that members in areas with reduced work can apply for the enhanced unemployment benefits. Furlough hours will not count as hours worked, meaning there is no accrual of paid time off (vacation, PH if applicable or sick time) during furlough.
- Floating will be permitted across clinics to a maximum of 30 miles from an employee’s home clinic, with mileage pay, etc. Volunteers would be requested first, but everyone would be able to be floated for emergency situations.
- Members who have needed skills and are willing to work outside of GHI will be requested. Such volunteers will continue to enjoy the full benefits of the contract including benefit accruals, wage rates, premium share, seniority and just cause discipline process.
- In the event of an emergency where HealthPartners believes it needs more help outside of GHI than there are volunteers, HealthPartners is required to notify the union in advance and to negotiate the effects of such redeployment.