Monday, September 4, 2017
And Just Like That . . .
I feel like a helpless idiot.
For years I have covered a department within the hospital a few days per month on average. Any nurse when covering this department gets a few dollars extra per hour.
The Director of Nursing called me into her office and told me that someone in payroll reviewed me and that I would no longer be receiving the extra money because "it's your job and you shouldn't get paid extra to do your job."
"Just me, or all the nurses who cover?" I asked.
"Just you," the Director said.
"Since when did it become my job, especially since I have had no raise to bring me anywhere near what that department pays its regular nurses?" I tried.
"Listen," she said, "I know you are mad. But there were emails. The director of the hospital agrees, as does your union."
Of course my union was consulted and agreed to screw me over. "Take money away from Nurse Enid? Wonderful! Where do we sign?" was probably their reaction.
"I never got any emails about this," I said.
"Not you. Other people emailed and made this decision," she explained.
"Could I have copies for my grievance?" I asked.
She didn't say anything.
"I'm grieving this. You can't take money away from me, especially when you're not doing it to anyone else," I told her.
I am reminded of the clerk who got a bad annual review, which would result in no merit raise. She ranted and complained and filed grievances until the review was amended so she would get a raise. Years later, another nurse manager unknowingly gave her a bad annual review. The supervisor reversed it immediately.
This is what makes me upset. I do a good job. This clerk did not. I'm not asking for anything extra. I'm asking to keep the money I'm already earning. The hospital would not do this to that clerk because she would harass them until they reversed their decision.
I guess I have to do the same.
When others hear about this, which they always do, I will look like more of a pushover. "They could never do that to me" will be said to me by people I barely know.