After a contract has been negotiated and ratified, it becomes a legally binding agreement. All of our rights are specifically outlined in the contract. As members we have a duty to ourselves and to other members to become familiar with our contract. There are many benefits that we have fought for throughout the years. Some articles in the contract are used more frequently than others, such as staffing articles. There are also other articles that provide for such items as educational or travel reimbursements.
Know Your Rights
Knowing your rights under the contract is essential. Take the time to familiarize yourself with all sections and articles of your contract. When you are as familiar with your contract as your managers are, you will be better able to forge relationships of trust and respect that will benefit everybody. Some of these rights and benefits represent union campaigns and victories that took many years to achieve and they are vital to our ability to provide exemplary service to our patients, and be protected while doing so. Every article in the contract is important, whether it is relevant only to a single individual, or affects each of us every day. Knowing your rights can go a long way towards identifying and preventing violations before they occur.
Contracts can be found here: http://unitednurses.info/vfnhp-contracts
If you have any questions regarding your contract, please contact the Union Office at 802.657.4040, or email infovfnhp.org, for more information.