Know Your Contract – Know Your Rights at Lucile Packard Childrens Hospital

CRONA Newsletter – August 2, 2019


Holiday Bundling – New Contract Language


CRONA negotiated new contract language that allows Nurses on a unit [all Nurses] to vote to have their Winter Holidays – the day of the holiday with the holiday eve – bundled, so a Nurse who is off for the holiday is also off on the holiday eve for one of the two designated Winter Holidays for each unit. Each Nurse is off both the eve and day of one of the two holidays, and must be available to work on both the eve and day of the other of the two holidays. For LPCH, this is one of the two designated Winter Holidays: Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, depending on which two holidays each unit votes to designate its Winter Holidays.


The deadline to vote is September 1, and since the manager has two weeks to hold the vote following a vote request, that means requests should be made no later than August 16. All Nurses – Regular and Relief – are eligible to vote. Every Nurse on the unit, including Nurses on LOA, are eligible for the vote and counted towards the total of Nurses on the unit. There must be a 2/3 “yes” vote by eligible nurses in order for the vote to pass; not voting is counted the same as a “no” vote. To request a vote on your unit, you must complete the Holiday Bundling Request Form and send the form to your manager. CRONA strongly recommends that you submit the form to your manager via email and Cc: CRONA on the email. The form is available on the CRONA website on the Forms page,


CRONA Convention


The annual CRONA Convention is October 1st. All Area Representatives are expected to attend the convention or send a designated alternate. Area Representatives, be sure to request October 1 as Red-R if you are attending outside of your commitment, or as PTO/ATO/no-pay if you want to have the day count towards your commitment. Please let CRONA know immediately if you have any issues with scheduling for Convention.

Are you interested in becoming an Area Rep? There are positions open, send an email to to ask if there are open positions for your unit.


Holiday Contract Language – Know Your Contract, Know Your Rights


Is Your Unit Closed On A Holiday?

You may request that the holiday be scheduled as part of your commitment, if you’d like to work one fewer days during a holiday week. This request should not be denied if staffing permits. You may use your choice of paid Absent time (ATO), unpaid Absent time (FLEX-NO PAY), or PTO for the holiday. See Section 9.1.4.j. “If work is not available on a holiday, the Nurse may use either PTO or Absent time.”

Do You Have To Work On A Holiday?

Section 7.0: “Holiday Premium. Nurses required to work on any of the following holidays will be paid 1 1/2 times the regular hourly rate of pay including any applicable shift differential for all time worked: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King’s Birthday, Memorial Day (last Monday in May), Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. In addition to the 1 1/2 times pay, the Regular Nurse may claim eight (8) hours of accrued PTO to be paid at the hourly base wage rate plus shift differential if applicable in accordance with Section 7.5.6.”

New Hire Nurses Do Not Have To Work Holidays

Section 9.1.4.h. “If a holiday falls within an orientation period and a new hire is not sufficiently oriented to be assigned work for the day, the new hire will be scheduled for PTO if desired, if sufficient PTO has been accrued. Otherwise the new hire will be scheduled for absent days.”


CRONA Webinar – Virtual Membership Meeting On Tuesday, August 6 from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m.


Our next webinar will be this coming Tuesday, August 6, from 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. Check your email on Tuesday morning for the access code. Your questions, answered!

There will be an in-person meeting on August 6 from 7:30 – 8:30 in the SHC Linda Meier Boardroom, 3rd floor SHC (between C and D pavilion). Nurses who signed up for the CRONA picnic may pick up tickets at this meeting.


Your Retirement: Keep Your Mind On Your Money


Please look for a special email in the next few days regarding your 403(b) retirement. CRONA is drafting a special message about issues brought to our attention by Nurses like you. It will be a longer, more complex email so we will send it as a special single-topic update.



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