CRONA thanks all the members who have been writing in with questions about the new contracts and to let us know where the hospitals are falling short.

We know summer is a busy time for everyone – but want to make sure that upcoming dates are on your radar.  CRONA is here for you.  Get involved, learn about your rights under the contract, and make sure you are checking your pay!  As always, write us at crona@crona.org with questions.

Monthly Membership Meetings

CRONA membership meetings are held every first Tuesday and Thursday of the month.  In July, because of the July 4th holiday, we will be having membership meetings only on Tuesday, July 2 at 7 a.m. and 7 p.m., in the Linda Meier Boardroom.  Join us to learn the latest on enforcement of the new contracts and to ask your questions about certification pay, precepting differentials, and more.  (See below for more information about the upcoming July 8 deadline for uploading your certifications.)

And back by popular demand, we will be holding a webinar membership meeting on Sunday, July 7, from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Look for an email with call-in details.

SAVE THE DATE – CRONA’s Annual Summer Picnic Coming August 18

CRONA’s annual summer picnic is coming up on August 18.  We have something special in the works this year.  So save the date and look for more details to come!

July 8 Deadline to Upload Certifications for First Certification Pay

Nurses who already have a certification that is an ANCC certification, on the long list of ANCC-approved certifications, or is CNO-approved, will be eligible for a $2,000 payment in their September 13, 2019 paychecks.  But you need to upload certifications to your professional profile in Healthstream by July 8, 2019.  The list of qualifying certifications is on CRONA’s website.  Contact CRONA with any questions regarding the certification pay or how to upload information in Healthstream.

If you do not already have a qualifying certification, you can still qualify for the $2,000 payment if you obtain a certification and submit proof through Healthstream by March 31, 2020.  Start planning now how you can take advantage of this new benefit.

Always Check Your Pay – Increased Base Wages, Retroactive Pay and Preceptor Differential

It’s always important to check your pay check to make sure you are being paid correctly and that your benefits are properly reflected.  Right now, you should be making sure that your pay check shows the new negotiated wage increases, retroactive pay and, if you are a preceptor, the increased preceptor differential.

Wage Increases.  Both Stanford and Packard have begun paying the increased wages negotiated in the new contract.  You should have seen these new wages in your June 7, 2019 paycheck, for the pay period of May 19 – June 1.

Retroactive Pay.  Most Packard Nurses received retroactive pay on June 7.  But, as we wrote you previously, CRONA was extremely upset to learn at the last minute that Stanford did not include retroactive pay in the June 7 paychecks and does not intend to make retroactive payments until July 19, 2019.

Preceptor Differential.  Stanford also failed to increase the preceptor differential from $2.50/hour to $3.00/hour, an increase that went into effect on May 19.  Stanford has provided no justification for this failure and refused to specify when the hospital will began paying the differential properly.  At Packacrd, it is CRONA’s understanding that Nurses are receiving the increased preceptor differential.  Packard Nurses, let us know if that’s not the case.

CRONA has objected to Stanford’s unreasonable delays in implementing the contract and will pursue grievances if it cannot quickly reach an acceptable resolution with the hospital.

Stay Informed and Involved

Thank you to everyone who is helping CRONA hold the hospitals to the terms of the new agreements.  Your CRONA representatives are here for you, no matter what.  Write to us at crona@crona.org.

When CRONA members stand together, there is no limit to what we can achieve.  Stay involved, speak up, and stand strong!

#CRONAStrong

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