Hospital Contract Addresses PPE, Workplace Violence

Pact calls for hospital behavioral response team with added security for workplace violence prevention

By Dan Hounsell
July 8, 2021

Labor contracts traditionally address the meat-and-potatoes issues of wages and benefits. One recent contract for workers in a healthcare facility also addresses two worker safety issues that have become much higher priorities in recent years — personal protective equipment (PPE) and workplace violence.

Registered nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., recently voted to ratify their first ever union contract. National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United says the new three-year contract will provide Mission nurses' wage increases of up to 7 percent in the first year and up to 17% percent total, according to WMYA.

The union says safe staffing and health and safety protocols were a top priority for the nurses:

  • PPE and testing, including the requirement that the hospital will provide proper PPE for nurses that meets the strictest federal, state, and local guidelines, and guaranteed HIV and Covid-19 testing for nurses at no cost following an exposure
  • workplace violence prevention, including a hospital behavioral response team with added security for workplace violence prevention, with additional violence prevention training for nurses.

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