COVID-19 Updates 

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Officer and Unit Rep Fact Sheet

April 2, 2020

   As you all know, the preparation for and effects of the Covid-19 public health emergency on our work place are changing daily. We just returned from a meeting with the administration and the most up to date information is as follows:

*There are no covid-19 layoffs or mandatory furloughs.

*Certain work areas with low census will be offered voluntary furloughs for limited periods of time. Please note that voluntary furloughs will be granted on a case by case basis. For example, there may be more requests for furloughs than the hospital can grant, or a person may want a voluntary furlough but is in possession of needed skills. For example, a nurse with recent ICU experience working in outpatient would be denied a furlough. Furloughed employees may collect unemployment or use earned time. Your manager will be explaining details if furloughs are on offer in your work area.

*Employees do not have a right to refuse to care for Covid-19 patients. If a member has a medical condition that they think prohibits them from caring for a Covid-19 patient, they must get authorization for the refusal from occupational health. The employee will risk his or her employment if he or she refuses care without occupational health authorization.

*The union is committed to protecting everyone’s standard hours, shift, and weekend commitment if any. However, during this crisis, employees may be working in units other than their own doing things other than what they have been doing in their regular assignment. The union will fight for proper training and assignments that are consistent with proper training.

*We will have to cancel the April contract committee meeting because no one will rent us space to meet. The Crowne Plaza refused to allow meetings in their space. We will bring everyone together as soon as the state lifts the ban on meetings of more than 5 people.

*We ask that everyone be as flexible as you can be and help in any way that you can as we get through the worst of this public health crisis.

Letter From Trish Criner, RN

President Local 5008

April 1, 2020

Dear Member,

     I’m sure all you have been keeping abreast of the latest news and developments in the Corona pandemic. In the coming weeks and perhaps months we will likely be seeing a significant surge of patients. As frontline workers we are THE MOST necessary element in society at this moment, a responsibility that very few would disregard or take lightly.

     Plans, models, and execution of this action are occurring simultaneously given the short space of time to prepare. Most of us will be needed in order to manage the massive intake of patients. We as a union are trying to ensure that everyone is kept working their regular hours and that no one is asked to take on any task he or she is not properly trained or retrained to perform. We expect the administration to utilize the talents and capabilities of each individual and also be trained for those skills that can be learned in a brief period of time. As your leader I do ask that if flexibility in shifts or weekends is possible and that you stand up and be willing to adjust for this short period in time.

       Now more than ever we will need to depend on one another for help in any form. All of us should be willing to lend a hand and hold each other up emotionally, as these are times that will try ones very soul. I don’t know what the near future holds, but I guarantee you and I will not come out the same on the other side. We will be stronger for rising to the challenge for our community and one another.

In Solidarity,

Trish Criner

Kent Pharmacy Access

“As part of our ongoing effort to provide you with enhanced access, we are excited to announce the opening of the Care New England pharmacy on April 5th.  The pharmacy will be located at Kent Hospital, adjacent to the main entrance in the back of the building.  At this point, the pharmacy is open to CNE employees and family members that are covered on a Care New England medical plan. 

Employees and family members who are currently participating in the CNE Health Plan  are invited to use the new CNE pharmacy.  The copays will be the same as your local pharmacy; however you will have the convenience of onsite access. The CNE pharmacy will also offer 90 day fills.  Those covered under the Choice Plus HSA Plan will be subject to the plan deductible.  Payroll deduction will also be available for benefited employees.

 The main pharmacy at Kent will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

 We are excited to share this news with you and encourage you to utilize the new CNE pharmacy.  For additional information on the CNE pharmacy, including how to fill prescriptions, please visit    If you have questions regarding the pharmacy or availability of your medication please call the CNE pharmacy at (855) 981-1909.”



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LOCAL 5008 Scholarship

The Kent Hospital Local 5008 Scholarship Fund

Instructions for filing:

All information requested must be supplied by the applicant. Any forms

requiring signatures must be signed.

Applications must include:

   Required essay legibly written or typed.

   Completed application form.

Applicants must submit application form and related material to: or mail to:

Local 5008

United Nurses & Allied Professionals

375 Branch Avenue

Providence, RI 02904

Applications and material submitted are treated as confidential. The deadline

for applying is March 31,2020. Must be received by 4:00 P.M.


Review of applications will be during the month of April.

Award will be made on April 30, 2019 for the next academic year.

Rules and Regulations & Qualifications

Scholarship applicant must be a Local 5008 member or child of Local 5008 member (under age of 25).

Students must be enrolled in a degree granting institution and credit classes.

Students must be enrolled at least halftime.

Scholarship recipient must be Local5008 member or child of a Local 5008 member at time of award.

Checks will be made payable to the individual.

Please note: We will be publicizing the winner of the scholarship.

Process for Decision Making

A three-person committee will choose the winner of the scholarship. The

committee will be comprised of three Local 5008 Executive Council members.

The essay will be judged based on form and content.

There will be one $500.00 scholarship awarded.




Representatives 2018-2019

  Area 1 –ER

 Dawn Martin

Area 2 – Progressive Care, ICU, 2 West, Respiratory, Cardiology, Quality Assurance, Infection Control

 Jennifer Cruz, RN Vice President

 Jacqueline Chiarillo, Respiratory - 578-2405

 Carey Diraimo, RN Progressive - 226-4533

 Lianne Jacavone, RN Progressive - 942-1266

 Nicole Jarvis, ICU - 569-6249

 Cheryl St.George, PROG - 837-0476

 Area 3 – Preadmission , OR Main, PACU, ASC. Outpatient Surgery, Cath Lab, Endoscopy, Special Procedures, Orderlies, CSR, Storeroom, Anesthesia Assistants, Endo Techs and Endo Assistants

 Janet Harris, OR-Main – Vice President – 480-1894

 Michelle Lopez, Vice President, ASC Tech – 823-4049

 Kathy Demirjian, PACU – 463-9497

 Rose Desnoyers, RN - 864-4070

 Joanna Detroia , PACU ASC – 781-5923

 Maureen McNelis, secretary, PAT - 480-7667

 Jennifer Muschiano, ASC - 413-4094

 Arthur Spinard, ENDO Tech – 749-2999

 Gayle Vincent, OPSU ASC – 451-5216

 Sheena Vidler-Given, OR Main – 787-0589

Area 4 – Third Floor, 3 South, 3 North, Nsg Office Floats, 3 West (Women's Care) L&D, Nursery, dialysis, 3 North, Lift Team

Mary Quinn, L&D - Vice President - 487-6964

Matthew Johnson, Lift Team - 301-6288

James Kralicky, RN Float Pool - 749-0107

Rebecca Laplant, RN Float Pool - 489-8160

Susan Michaud, CNA Float Pool - 433-2492

Area 5 - 4th Floor, 5th Floor, Rehab, 2 North

Barbara Dubois, 5W -Vice President - 429-8138

Jennifer Fratus, 4W - 692-1469

Charles Gracie 4NW - 743-6195

Susan Mochrie, 4NW - 826-2775

Jane Nardone, 5W

Shana Peltier, CNA 4NW - 651-3993

Cheryl Scorpio, secretary 4W - 465-1200

Area 6 – Environmental Services, Food services, Diagnostics, Engineering

Emma Franco, Ultrasound, Vice President - 787-7033

Susan Barbour, facilities - 465-1219

Dawn Bowden, EVS - 258-3458

Joanne Budnick, EVS - 727-0726

Deborah Correia, EVS - 461-2668

Duarte Ed Costa, Facilities - 871-0424

Dan Knapp, Facilities - 932-8262

Gail Lucas, EVS - 826-1664

Sandy Robinson, EVS - 789-6471

Sheryl Tondreau, Dietary - 835-5535

Darlene Underwood, Xray - 738-7592

Area 7 - HME, TAC, Phlebs, Sleep Lab & Clinic, Breast Center, Wound Care, IV, IT, Education, Outpatient Infusion

 Lisa Demers Ferry, Vice President –OPIU –486-1236

 Jan Colvin, Infusion Unit – 739-6826

 Marianne Bond, Co.Care – 294-8131

 Diane Fitzpatrick, Co. Care – 480-8265

 Jane Lamanna, Infusion Unit – 996-7846

 Virginia MacMillan, Spec Proc – 524-3650

Janice McKenna, Infusion Unit - 474-9050

 Julienne Miner, Wound Center – 864-9473

Judith A Gravier, HME - 486-5737

Doreen Walsh, HME - 486-7432

Jean Gagnon, Lab - 741-3080

Luz Molina, Lab - 722-1869

 Area 8_VP at Large RN

 Rose Desnoyers

 Area 9 VP at Large Other Employees

Michelle Eagan, ASC Tech, Vice President @ large - 451-4897



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Kent UNAP Local 5008:

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Newly Elected Officers


            President:       Trish Criner, BSN, RN-BC (ICU)

            Executive VP:  Michael Choquette, RN (3 North)

            Treasurer:       Andrea Mayer, RN (ICU)

            Secretary:       Gail McKenna,  RN (ER)

           Executive VP:  Michelle Lopez, OR Tech (ASC)

Congratulations to the winners!  Lets not forget the people who ran for these seats and did not succeed.   

 Environmental Services Vote to Join Local 5008 October 2014

In an astounding 53-36 vote Local 5008 welcomes nearly 100 environmental services workers at Kent into the union.  With this win, the Local is poised to be more formidable in the 2015 negotiations.  

Any other groups within the hospital interested in organizing should contact Bob Martinez (484.8262) or Jeanne Jose (831.3647).  The recent successful campaigns in the CNA/Tech group and Environmental Services should serve as a beacon of hope that all employees at Kent will have the option to unionize and protect worker's rights through a negotiated contract.  

Kent CNA/Techs Bargain First Contract

Local 5008's newest members have negotiated their first contract, which will expire mid-2015.  At that time, the RN unit will join them in negotiations.  

2013 Member Survey

Local 5008 leadership has recognized that attendance at membership meetings has been very low in the past. We would like to improve this. It is important now and moving forward that we stand together and form a united and cohesive front as we battle with the ever-changing healthcare marketplace and future contract negotiations. Now that Memorial Hospital has joined Care New England, we predict that many items of our superior contract will come under attack.

Please click here to fill out this short survey to help improve and shape the future of membership meetings and Local 5008!

2012 Members Approve Contract Extension

The Hospital and the Union reached a tentative agreement to extend the contract on October 9, 2012. The Union membership approved the contract by a vote of 113 - 3 on October 15, 2012.


2011 Members Approve New Three Year Agreement

The Hospital and the Union reached a tentative agreement on a new three year contract on June 30, 2011.The Union negotiating team voted unanimously to recommend the agreement to the full membership. The membership approved the contract by a vote of 122 to 5 on July 13, 2011.

Both parties described the negotiation process as productive, positive and carried out in an atmosphere of mutual respect. Union President Rose Desnoyers, RN said "This Agreement successfully addresses the key priorities of the negotiating team. We protected our benefits and pension, achieved modest wage increases and made significant progress on a number of important work place issues. We are very pleased with this Agreement." For copies of the tentative agreement please call the office. The new contract must be proof read carefully and sent out for printing. A copy of the contract will be posted on the UNAP website. A brief summary of highlights is as follows:

***Protection of benefits. The medical /dental plan will remain unchanged for the next 3 ½ years except that the employee contribution to the medical plan will increase by one per cent on January 1, 2014 and an additional one percent on January 1, 2015. The pension benefit level from the old pension plan is now guaranteed in writing and the employer contributions to the 403(b) match and savings plan are also guaranteed.

***Wages will increase by 2% in each of three years in addition to steps and longevity raises.

***Leave of absence job protection is greatly improved for part-timers with twenty or more years of service.

***Routine verbal and written warnings will be considered stale at nine months and 15 months respectively. In addition, routine verbal warnings and written warnings will be removed from the employee's file at the request of the employee provided there are no subsequent disciplines in the following two year period.

***Improved education funding.

***Immediate termination for failure to pay dues.

***Ability to use one pto day (exclusive of weekends and holidays) for personal leave not subject to upto time and attendance policy.

***Correct morning/holiday issue for Christmas and New Years Day.

Click here for Projo article   Kent ratifies contract