We held our seventh session with manage­ment in negoti­a­tions and were very pleased to post all the support notes and encour­age­ment notes from all of you – our colleagues – promi­nently for all to see. Thank you for supporting us at the table as we continue in our fight for all of us at Evergreen!

We had some good dialogue and exchanged some proposals throughout the day. However, we still have some consid­er­able work to do around key issues.

  1. Wages. Throughout the negoti­a­tions, we have proposed wages that would lessen the wage gap between our nurses and those of nearby Overlake Hospital. However, manage­ment has rejected our proposals and responded with wages that we do not think will attract and retain nurses.
  2. Manage­ment proposed to reduce the amount of 1.5x pay to nurses who do not receive adequate rest between shifts. We feel strongly this is not in the best interest of nurses or of the patients we serve.
  3. Manage­ment also proposed that nurses would not be able to refuse when offered a break. We strongly feel that this provides no consid­er­a­tion, regard or respect for a nurse utilizing critical thinking and clinical judgment. This was voiced strongly by all of us at the table explaining that a nurse who has been with the patient all day would know best when to take a break and the primary nurse would also know what infor­ma­tion needs to be passed on to the break relief nurse to help provide a safe patient handoff. We also stressed that there needs to be someone avail­able who is quali­fied and compe­tent to relieve nurses for breaks without altering the staffing matrix. Manage­ment feels that if a break is offered, the nurse would not be able to refuse to take the break at that moment.
  4. Manage­ment continues to insist on increasing the work require­ments of Per Diems while also proposing to reduce their premium pay.
  5. We have improved staffing language. Unfor­tu­nately, we are contin­uing to receive pushback from manage­ment on this issue.

We continue in our negoti­a­tions and our fight for the best contract that will improve our working condi­tions, wages and hours for all of us at Evergreen. Please continue to support our team and stay tuned for additional actions all of us can take to ensure that manage­ment is aware of our commit­ment to each other and to the patients and commu­nity we serve every day.

In unity,

Your WSNA Negoti­a­tion Team:

Clarise Mahler, Chair (CCU); hapilark@gmail.com
Debbie Pronk, Griev­ance Officer (PACU); dppbee@gmail.com
Jomay Ruiz, Secretary/​Treasurer (FMC); ruiz.jomay@gmail.com
Linda Snyder, Member­ship Officer (7 Silver); lsnyder1@eastern.edu
Val Artamonova, Member­ship Officer (Home Hospice); valeriya.art@gmail.com
Jessica Taylor – 6 Silver; Neelam Kaur – 4 Silver; Holly Baker – ED; Lexi Overa – ED; Beth Selander – OR; Caine Ballew – Float Pool; Charina Alvarez – PACU; Theresa Blazer – FMC; Alicia O’Neal — Hospice Care Center; and Sue Dunlap, RN, WSNA Nurse Rep (sdunlap@wsna.org)