Statement from Sharp HealthCare Regarding Current Nurse Union Negotiations
Since early July, Sharp HealthCare has been committed to negotiating a fair and competitive contract for its nurses with SPNN/UNAC. Following are facts and Sharp proposals related to the negotiations.
Despite claims by the union about lower than average pay for nurses, Sharp's proposals continue to outpace San Diego averages. Proposed nurse wage increases over a three-year contract range from 16 to 26 percent. Prior to these proposed increases, Sharp nurses' pay was above San Diego averages.
Sharp HealthCare also pays an additional academic differential on base rate of 4 percent for BSNs and 6 percent for MSNs, which is often not considered when others compare base rates of pay. As part of negotiations, compensation enhancements have also been proposed for evening shift, on-call rates and educational benefit.
Sharp HealthCare proposed base compensation for a new graduate nurse is $71,323 per year, excluding academic, shift and on-call differentials.
The union has claimed that Sharp has high nurse turnover rates and low employee satisfaction. In fact, at 8.4 percent in 2015, Sharp HealthCare nurse turnover rate is lower than San Diego, Southern California and state turnover averages. Of those who left Sharp, nearly half (46.4%) cited relocation out of San Diego as their reason. Only 4.7 percent of nurse turnover was related to pay. Sharp HealthCare employee engagement index is exceptional and at the 95th percentile nationally.
Sharp's last, best and final offer to the union provides Sharp nurses with greatly increased base compensation, professional advancement increases and enhanced premium pay.