WAMC Petition: Increase & extend COVID-19 pay increase for respiratory therapists

We, the undersigned Respiratory Therapists at West Anaheim Medical Center, call on management to immediately extend and increase Temporary Crisis Pay. We are disappointed by the Hospital’s decision to reduce the increase from $30 to $20 per hour. 

Crisis pay rewards Respiratory Therapists for putting our health on the line, working under difficult conditions and ensuring there are enough Therapists available to properly care for patients. Our workloads have doubled or even tripled in some cases. It is critical that management recognize our commitment to meeting this moment by doing the following: 

1. Immediately restore the Temporary Crisis Pay back to $30 per hour

2. Extend the Temporary Pay Crisis until March 31, 2021