Overlake RNs have been asked by the medical center to sign a “Second Meal Period Waiver Form.”
In our last contract negotiations, WSNA agreed with this plan and the form the hospital would use.
10.7 Meal/Rest Periods A nurse shall receive an unpaid meal period of one-half (1/2) hour when scheduled to work more than five (5) hours. Consistent with the Hospital’s practice over the years, nurses electing to work twelve-hour shifts shall have the choice of working a twelve-hour that includes one or two unpaid meal period(s). Nurses electing to work a twelve-hour shift with one unpaid meal period must waive their right to a second unpaid meal period on a form provided by the Hospital…
All RNs are required to make your selection and sign the form. If you sign to waive your second unpaid meal period, you can occasionally take your second meal period on a particular day by 1) notifying your supervisor to ensure adequate coverage; 2) code in timekeeping system that you took a second unpaid meal period. You can also revoke your waiver at any time. If you do, you will then work a total of 13 hours (for a 12-hour shift) and receive two 30-minute unpaid meal periods.
If you have any questions about this, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James at SJames@wsna.org or at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3004.