Stacy Allen – Health Care Workers Agent
Since 1976, I have been a resident of the State of Alaska and have been a registered nurse since 1984, working at Alaska Regional Hospital as a labor and delivery nurse from 1985 until 2004.
When Alaska Regional Hospital was organized by Local 341 in 1996, I was on the bargaining team for the first and second contract negotiations. After we got our first contract in 1999 I served as a steward until 2004 when the Business Agent position became available.
Local 341 represents roughly 500 employees at ARH so I tend to be known as the “nurses’ business agent”. But our Healthcare unit was started off in 1982 when the pharmacists with Carrs/Safeway grocery stores sought representation thru our Local. Local 341 also represents the nursing assistants and licensed nurses with the PrestigeCare and we enforce a national service agreement with the housekeepers at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson (JBER) Hospital. At Providence Medical Center in Anchorage, we are very proud to represent the skilled maintenance and BioMed Techs for many years now. All together about 650 of our members work in the Healthcare industry.
I would like to facilitate educational opportunities for our Healthcare members and am looking for input as to your interests and needs. One way Local 341 has supported education is by offerering continuing education reimbursement for registered nurses. We will reimburse up to $250.00 a year and all we need to see is proof of payment and proof that you paid.
As members of Local 341 we are uniquely placed to affect healthcare in our area. We are working with Alaska Nurses Association to get legislation regulating mandatory overtime for nurses passed. We are involved in worker’s comp legislation. We talk with candidates who have strong healthcare concerns.
If there is any issue that affects Healthcare and those who work in Healthcare we are involved in making things better.
Since 2004, being the Business Agent for our members in Healthcare has been an incredible opportunity to expand my knowledge both of nursing and of labor issues. I have had to develop a working knowledge far beyond my specialty of Obstetrics to be able to represent our members working in all areas of both acute and long term care. I have discovered that the communication skills you must have as a nurse are invaluable as a Business Agent.
As a Union member and Vice President of Laborers’ Local 341, it makes me proud to support the notion that everyone has an important job to do and that we all have a valuable contribution to make to society.