• Petitioned Sherrie Sitarik

This petition was delivered to:

President, Orlando Health
Sherrie Sitarik

Orlando Health: Stop nightshift differential cuts

    1. Sarah Collins
    2. Petition by

      Sarah Collins

      Orlando, FL

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.

To:
Sherrie Sitarik, President, Orlando Health
Stop nightshift differential cuts

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory through Concerted Activity

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health delays some planned pay cuts to January

      As nurses at Orlando Health continue to work on organizing a union, hospital CEO Sherrie Sitarik sent a letter to employees Monday announcing a delay in part of the scheduled pay cuts as well as a merit pay program.

    2. Orlando Health Reevaluating

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
    3. Petition Delivery September 3, 2013

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health workers move closer to unionizing as pay cuts loom

      Orlando Health workers move closer to unionizing as pay cuts loom

    4. News channel 9 on Unionizing

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health employees circulate petition, protest pay cuts

      ORLANDO, Fla. - One of Orlando's largest employers is on the verge of becoming unionized Monday. More than 5,000 signatures have been added to an online petition opposing pay changes at Orlando Health system. A nurse in the system said a union is forming to try and stop current and future pay cuts.

    5. Reached 5,000 signatures
    6. Letter to the Board of Directors

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Letter to Orlando Health Board Of Directors

      This letter was delivered to the all the Board Members during their monthly meeting. This may explain Sherrie Sitarik's renewed efforts to keep employees from unionizing. It may also explain why Anne Peach was used instead of Mrs Sitarik in the latest SWIFT video. Monday, August 26, 2013 Distinguished Board Member; On behalf of the...

    7. NH Labor News

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Workers At Orlando Health Hospitals Are Not Backing Down, Nor Should They

      The struggle between Orlando Health and its employees has really started to make waves. There has been mainstream media coverage, here and here. Read the NH Labor News articles on the situation, here and here. Just so we are all on the same page, let's recap.

    8. Talk radio broadcasting our story

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer

      Jim Phillips of 104.1's Phillips Phile broadcasted on our situation
      Listen in at 42:20, 94:20, and 117:15

      http://www.realradio.fm/media/podcast-the-philips-phile-podcast-philipsphile/pptuesday082013-23614656/

      PP-Tuesday-082013

      The Philips Phile

    9. Reached 4,000 signatures
    10. Sherrie Sitarik Announcement

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer

      On Friday, August 16, seven days and approximately 3,200 signatures after the launch of this petition, Sherrie Sitarik announced a direct response to employees:

      "The decision to bring the premium pay to the median of the southeast market will not be rescinded, however we will make adjustments to the timing of the implementation by extending the effective date to October 6."

    11. Sherrie Sitarik's response

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health President And CEO Responds To Nurse's Petition To Stop Pay Cuts

      If you do not know the story behind Orlando Health workers being forced to take drastic pay cuts, read this post (Orlando Health, Balancing Bad Financing On The Backs Of Workers) first. Response from Orlando Health President and CEO Sherrie Sitarik We know a number of team members affected by the announced premium pay reductions have posted a petition requesting that we not implement the proposed reductions.

    12. NH Labor News speaks out regarding our petition

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health, Balancing Bad Financing On The Backs Of Workers

      Stop and think for a moment: who do you consider to be the hardest working people in any industry? I bet nurses are somewhere in your top five. Nurses have a long and distinguished history of being hard working and caring individuals, who help people who cannot help themselves.

    13. OH response to our petition

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health responds to nurses' petition against cuts

      Orlando, Fla. - You heard it here on NEWS 96.5 when we told you about the growing online petition by hundreds of nurses against impending pay cuts at Orlando Health hospitals. Now we're hearing from hospital officials who tell NEWS 96.5 that they believe the complaint on change.org signed by hundreds of nurses and supporters (879 at this posting) doesn't tell the whole story.

    14. Reached 3,000 signatures
    15. 1800 signatures and the media response

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health petition now at 1,600-plus signatures

      A petition filed Aug. 9 on Change.org by Sarah Collins, a registered nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, now is up to more than 1,600 signatures - although not all are local - as of noon on Aug. 14. The petition is asking Orlando Health Inc.

    16. Reached 1,500 signatures
    17. Media coverage

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer
      Orlando Health nurses sign petition protesting pay cuts. Unions ahead? - Orlando Business Journal

      Could a union be coming to Orlando Health? On Aug. 9, Sarah Wilson, a registered nurse at Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies, filed a petition on Change.org asking Orlando Health Inc. CEO Sherrie Sitarik to block deep cuts in pay to the night shift.

    18. 400!

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer

      Wow!! We hit 400, doubled our numbers in 24 hours!! Keep spreading the word and standing up for our cause! We have power in numbers!!

    19. Reached 250 signatures
    20. Media coverage

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer

      The Orlando sentinel has posted a story on our situation at Orlando Health. It's good to get the word out to the community to support our petition!

      http://articles.orlandosentinel.com/2013-08-09/health/os-orlando-health-cutbacks-20130809_1_orlando-health-incentive-pay-hospital-system

      Orlando Health nurses say cutbacks in hours, pay will hurt

      Many Orlando Health workers are distressedby the news of cutbacks that will hit their pockets hard. This week, the eight-hospital health system notified night-shift workers that their "differential" pay would be trimmed by several dollars an hour.

    21. Over 100!

      Sarah Collins
      Petition Organizer

      We've reached over 100 supporters! Lets keep spreading the word!

    22. Reached 100 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • May Kunkel SANFORD, FL
      • 7 months ago

      Thank you Sarah Collins for never giving up. Your determination to take a stand against a management decision to grossly mistreat their workforce paid off. The Orlando Health Board of Directors heard our plea and taken action. I admire your courage and perseverance. Our patients will benefit from the strength of the nursing workforce and all those who showed support at Orlando Health.

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    • Tina Mellis ORLANDO, FL
      • 8 months ago

      Note allegedly tells security to notify Orlando Health supervisors about union talk. If Orlando Health's leaders keep this up they are going to get themselves into legal trouble. More proof NOT to trust Orlando Health's leaders. Video of News 9 report below.

      http://www.wftv.com/videos/news/note-allegedly-tells-security-to-notify-orlando/vCBg5L/

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    • Tina Mellis ORLANDO, FL
      • 8 months ago

      Note allegedly tells security to notify Orlando Health supervisors about union talk. So Orlando Health is now trying to spy on its employees. This clearly violates our LEGAL right to form a union. Do NOT trust anything the administrators or managers are telling you. Remember nurses and OH employees stand strong and stand together. Click on the link below for the full story.

      http://www.wftv.com/news/news/local/note-allegedly-tells-security-notify-orlando-healt/nZmsG/

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    • Lemuel Toatley ORLANDO, FL
      • 8 months ago

      I have a friend who is a nurse at Winnie Palmer

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    • Tony Colamarino ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, FL
      • 8 months ago

      My sister and many friends work in that area and cutting pay while expecting the same level of service is cruel and unfair.

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