To our members, #

As many, or most, of you have heard, Central Washington Hospital is facing finan­cial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the safety measures that have been put in place to curb trans­mis­sion of the virus. As a method of conserving finan­cial resources, the Shared Work Program” was presented as an alter­na­tive to true layoffs. The hospital is applying to partic­i­pate in this program, which allows employees to reduce their hours by 10 – 50%, while retaining full benefits, accrual of PTO, EIB, and seniority. The Shared Work Program” will subsi­dize your loss of income from the reduc­tion in hours from the hospital.

Your union repre­sen­ta­tives first learned of the hospi­tals intent to apply to partic­i­pate this program on Friday, April 17, via email. We discussed the program during a confer­ence call with hospital leader­ship on April 20th. There was no commu­ni­ca­tion to the union repre­sen­ta­tives on the timeline in which the hospital would be making efforts to imple­ment this program, nor the number of nurses, nor the units that would be affected. We have been fielding numerous phone calls and emails from many of you who have been approached by your managers about partic­i­pating in the program, and many of you who have been chosen to partic­i­pate in the program.

We have formu­lated a plan with which to approach hospital leader­ship, to ensure that proper proce­dure is being followed in deciding who will have their hours reduced. This is an issue of manda­tory bargaining, and we will be working to ensure that your inter­ests are served, and rights respected. We are requesting that manage­ment meet with us on Thursday, April 23rd.

We will send out commu­ni­ca­tions to keep you, our members, informed of devel­op­ments in the imple­men­ta­tion of this program. Please reach out to any of your union officers, local unit repre­sen­ta­tives, or Carmen Garrison, with questions or concerns on this, or any other issue. The more infor­ma­tion we have, the better we can serve you!

If you do not know you your union officers are, please follow the link below to find their contact infor­ma­tion. A list of local unit repre­sen­ta­tives can be found in your unit’s break room infor­ma­tion board. If you are inter­ested in becoming a local unit repre­sen­ta­tive, please reach out to your officers.

WSNA Officers for Central Washington Hospital

In Solidarity,

Nick Jackson

WSNA Co-Chair