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What's on the Table

Our goals are to provide competitive pay and benefits, and maintain excellent working conditions and patient care. We appreciate the importance of our employees and recognize that to be a “Best Place to Heal,” we must too be a “Best Place to Work.”

What SEIU is asking of St. Clare:

  • A 4 percent across-the-board wage increase for each SEIU member in addition to anniversary step increases
  • Lower health benefit costs maintained for the life of the contract
  • Low census fund
  • Training fund to advance health care careers
  • Prohibitions to St. Clare Hospital’s ability to subcontract work

What St. Clare is offering SEIU:

  • A comprehensive, competitive wage and benefits proposal, to include adoption of the CHI Franciscan Health PTO policy

See the state of health care.

Locally, SEIU recently settled a prolonged negotiation at Community Health Care in which both management and the union agreed to freeze anniversary step increases. This is not on the table at St. Clare, where management is proposing to grant competitive, market-based wage adjustments as we have done in years past.

Franciscan PTO plan

In response to SEIU’s proposals to change annual leave policies, we have recommended our employees move to the Franciscan PTO plan, which is among the most generous plans in health care.

The Franciscan PTO plan allows:

  • Combination of holiday, sick and vacation time
  • Cash out of 120 hours of PTO annually, as opposed to the current policy which does not allow a cash out
  • Extended Illness Bank (EIB) for serious illness which accrues 48 hours per year and can be accessed by employees after they missing 16 hours of work.

Competitive wages and benefits

Franciscan’s 8,100 employees, including members of the SEIU, management and other workers at St. Clare, are all offered the same health insurance plans. The wage and benefits proposals we have submitted to the union are comparable to the pay and benefits of other workers throughout our hospital system and the Puget Sound area. St. Clare values the contribution of each employee and seeks to provide fair and competitive pay and benefits.