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CRONA Newsletter – August 2, 2019

Holiday Bundling – New Contract Language


CRONA negotiated new contract language that allows nurses on a unit (all Regular 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 (Christmas Eve/Christmas Day or New Years Eve/New Years Day) for the unit. IF A VOTE TO BUNDLE HOLIDAYS ON A UNIT PASSES, THEN EACH NURSE ON THAT UNIT 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.
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. Every Regular Nurse on the unit, including Nurses on LOA, is eligible for the vote and counted towards the total of Nurses on the unit. Relief Nurses are obligated to only one holiday shift as per Section 15.12 of the contract, so they are not counted towards the total of voting Nurses and are not part of the vote. 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,


If your unit is being reorganized for 500P, make sure to ask your manager about the roster for your new unit – ideally, each vote should be held among the nurses who will be affected by the vote. This means that the vote should be held among Nurses who will be on each unit after the 500P transition, not the Nurses currently on the unit. Your manager should have this information.


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.


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 10.1.4.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?

From Section 10.1.5: “…Regular Nurses required to work on any actual holiday, except their birthday, will be paid 1-1/2 times the regular hourly rate of pay including any applicable shift differential for all time worked between 10:45 p.m. on the eve of the holiday and 11:15 p.m. on the day of the holiday. In addition to the one and one-half (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 7.5.7.”

New Hire Nurses Do Not Have To Work Holidays

Section 10.1.4.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 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.



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