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Integrated Homecare RNs Deserve Respect

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We, the undersigned RN's at Integrated Homecare, want nothing more than to continue to work for IHC. However, we want to be valued and earn a fair salary for the work that we do and the quality care we provide to our clients. We have shown commitment by standing with IHC and the clients we provide care for after the departure of quality RNs that did leave for an agency that decreases workload and increases their wages to market value to provide quality care. We are united in supporting the process of negotiations in hopes that the parties can reach agreements that make IHC a quality place to work and the Home Care Agency of choice for employees and clients. Unfortunately, what we have seen is management continues to make a statement of quality, but does not appear to be supportive of the quality staff that has stayed committed to IHC to retain us. A bonus to stay is not enough to fix the wage issue or RNs leaving. It is at management discretion to assign extra visits and SOC/ROC over and above regular workload, but on same note management complains of high cost of productivity bonus’s. We provide the care to clients because clients need us and we love our career as homecare nurses. The bonus to stay and initial wage increase was a Band-Aid covering the real issues the parties are facing ie: short staff, high workload and low wages. We would expect Integrated Leadership to work in good faith at the bargaining table. All of us support addressing the continued concern of RNs “not” being valued with the meager offer at the negotiating table most currently put forth by management. We also want “quality vs. quantity”. IHC management needs to continue to work toward fair salary adjustments in these negotiations as management’s letter did lead all RNs to believe we would be valued for the work that we do and that the raise/bonus was immediate solution to prevent other RNs from leaving and not the end to negotiations.

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