Your team met with management on Friday, Jan. 4.
While we have made some substantive progress in negotiations, we still have a lot of work ahead of us. We are pleased to report that we succeeded in getting management to drop its proposal to be able to force nurses to be on standby when they have had the start of his or her shift delayed.
We have continued to stress the fact that Evergreen nurses’ wages are below the wages of many of our fellow WSNA nurses at Overlake and in Seattle. Your WSNA bargaining team has made proposals to close this wage gap.
We continue to propose language that will improve staffing and allow nurses meaningful involvement in staffing decisions. Management responded that they would include some general language regarding staffing commitments, but then insisted that any violation of this language could not be grieved! Such a proposal is not reflective of a serious commitment to address staffing issues.
We continue to press for enhanced benefits and a comprehensive approach to deal with workplace violence.
Our next session is scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14.
Here is how you can help the team negotiate a strong contract:
- Talk with at least three nurses about this update.
- Be informed! Read all WSNA emails and flyers to be the most up to date. Consistently visit this page often to see how strong, unified and active Evergreen nurses have been!
- Wear WSNA buttons, stickers, representational rights badge buddies and others to show unity – wear them with pride!
We, your negotiation team and Contract Action Team members, will be asking all nurses to participate in many more actions to support this important work. Answer your team’s call to action by saying YES!
Contact a team member or WSNA Nurse Organizer Tara Barnes, RN to learn how you can support us in moving management on the proposals that matter to the nurses, their families and safe patient care.
Your Negotiations Team and WSNA Nurse Rep Terri Williams, MS, RN (firstname.lastname@example.org)