Orlando Health announced Monday, August 5 that they will be cutting the night and weekend shift differential to thousands of employees, across 7 area hospitals, to go in effect September 8. These cuts are more than 50% of the current rate and will result to each an individual loss upwards of $600/month, $7000-$15,000/year. A majority of the employees affected are Nurses, who are already notoriously underpaid and overworked. Corporate members are denying any request for negotiations, and gave less than 1-month notice for employees to acclimate to this substantial financial blow. The Orlando health corporation decided they want to decrease pay significantly, with no decrease in employee workload.
Nightshift differential exists to create an incentive to staff the nightshift hours of 7pm-7am. Research has shown that working through the night and sleeping during the day has adverse and lasting affects on your body, in addition to the social deficits associated with working unsocial hours. To many, the financial compensation of the nightshift differential makes these deficits justifiable, which is now being depreciated, leaving no incentive or rationalization. To others, the financial compensation of nightshift differential is paramount in their economic and financial stability, both of which are being jepoardized with this motion.
We do not agree with these consequential pay cuts, nor the manner in which they will be delivered. Corporate officials giving thousands of employees less than 1 month to acclimate to a significant income loss is unacceptable. Deciding instantenously to cut pay by more than 50% and reject negotiation is astonishing and unethical.
By signing this petition you are expressing your dissatisfaction and disappointment with how the Orlando Health organization is blatantly disregarding the livelihoods of their employees.