What is happening with our raises?

So what is happening with your raises?

3/13/18  The ABHS bargaining team met with management again on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Several proposals were exchanged but the employer’s message on key issues (like raises) remains the same in spite of the fact that a bed rate increase is now funded:

they are not interested in improving your wages, hours or working conditions.

Here's the details of their latest proposal:

Contract Article ABHS Management’s Proposal Union Activities

ABHS wants to make sure that union stewards cannot help you on work time even though that is when the meetings occur. They also want to have a say in who is on your bargaining team.

Hiring and Appointments

ABHS wants to be able to reduce full time employees to 30 hours a week whenever they choose and to make your probationary period even longer.

Hours of Work and Overtime

ABHS wants to be able to change your schedule for up to 6 weeks at a time to suit their needs, regardless of your needs. They also want to be able to trigger low census layoffs sooner and decide who works overtime based on added requirements.

Employee Files

ABHS wants to change things so that if you want to see your own file, you have to make an appointment (only once per year) on your own time and pay for the copies. They also want disciplinary actions and other documents to stay in your file forever.

Employee Privacy

ABHS wants to take away your right to privacy during your off time.


ABHS wants to take away your right to know what you are being investigated for and stop your pay without due process if you have to be placed on reassignment because of an allegation. Your pay would stop when placed on reassignment whether or not the allegation is true. They also want to take the agreed upon just cause language out of the contract.

Safety and Health

ABHS wants to take away the language that protects the staffing levels for the clinical program.

Employee Leave

ABHS wants to take away the shared leave program as you know it. They want a pool that would allow them to decide who gets what.


ABHS wants to take away your Holidays unless you are scheduled to work on the day of the Holiday – this means a loss of Holiday pay for you. They also refuse to recognize Native American Heritage Day as an additional Holiday in your contract.


ABHS wants to change your layoff options based on qualifications they determine, even though you already qualify to do your job.

Uniforms, Tools, and Equipment

ABHS wants to make their own new dress code instead of following the contract.

Employee Rights

ABHS wants you to be responsible for their equipment but to take no responsibility when yours is damaged at work.


ABHS wants to take away all step increases that currently recognize your years of service. Their proposal would pay only
the legally required minimum wage. For everyone else, your wages would be frozen until at least 2020. They also want to take away standby pay and to be able to change your schedule any time to avoid paying you any overtime.

They also want to take away your rights when THEY overpay you in error.

We’ve heard your message loud and clear too!

Thank you to all of you who took the time to respond and tell us what you think of what management wants to do. Your message is loud and clear: this is unacceptable.

How we do we stop these takeaways and win a strong Union contract?

Many of you asked what you can do to join the fight. We will continue to take actions for as long as it takes to get a strong contract and the time to start is now!

CALL TO ACTION: On Friday, March 16, 2018 join your brothers and sisters in saying NO to managements’ proposed takeaways and YES to a strong contract!

  • Show your solidarity and readiness to stand strong by wearing your UNION GREEN shirt and STRONG CONTRACT & RESPECT buttons for all to see. Don’t have a sticker or button? Don’t worry! We will make sure a variety of supplies are on hand! Also stay tuned for our next day of action on 3/21! This will be in preparation for going back to the bargaining table on 3/22.