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.

In Solidarity!

Your Negoti­a­tions Team and WSNA Nurse Rep Terri Williams, MS, RN (twilliams@wsna.org)