Your WSNA team of regis­tered nurses met with manage­ment for the ninth contract bargaining session on Thursday, Jan. 31.

We reached a Tenta­tive Agree­ment on language regarding our Sick Leave article which added Washington Paid Sick Leave provisions.

Some of the outstanding issues we’re contin­uing to work on include:

  • Per Diems: The Employer wants to increase the minimum monthly work require­ments and decrease the associ­ated premium pay.
  • Workplace violence: The Employer does not agree with certain parts of our proposal. We are working to hold the employer account­able to ensure our safety in the workplace.
  • Wages: WSNA offered a fair counter­pro­posal and we are waiting for management’s response.
  • Rest between shifts: Manage­ment’s proposal is to pay us less when we work without the contrac­tu­ally agreed time off between shifts. WSNA considers this a safety issue related to fatigue due to long shifts.
  • Rest breaks: WSNA believes that each RN is able to deter­mine when it’s safe to take a break. The Employer wants to force us to take breaks when they tell us to.
  • Staffing: We continue to press our proposal to enhance staffing and to ensure meaningful involve­ment in staffing decisions.

We feel we have gained some momentum and plan to keep that going at our next planned session on Feb. 25.

In solidarity,

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; Holly Baker – ED; Lexi Overa – ED; Beth Selander – OR; Caine Ballew – Float Pool; Charina Alvarez – PACU; Theresa Blazer – FMC; Ed Zercher, RN, WSNA Nurse Rep (ezercher@wsna.org); and Terri Williams, MS, RN, WSNA Nurse Rep (twilliams@wsna.org)