We have reached a tentative agreement on an extension of our contract #

Your Negoti­a­tion Team thanks all members who were able to attend our local unit member­ship meeting on Nov. 18. The team appre­ci­ated the oppor­tu­nity to hear your feedback regarding the hospital’s current finan­cial situa­tion. Based on the reali­ties that we all see, your team does not believe that entering into a long-term contract negoti­ated during this period of economic distress is in the best interest of WSNA nurses here at the hospital. There­fore, your team proposed a 1‑year exten­sion of our current contract. The hospital has accepted our proposal.

What This Means:

  • There will be no across the board wage increases during this exten­sion. Please note: nurses who are eligible for annual step increases will still receive those increases on the nurse’s anniver­sary date.
  • With the following excep­tions, all provi­sions of the current contract remain in place. The hospital’s proposed takeaways to sick leave, vacation leave and manda­tory call are off the table.
  • Updates to the member­ship language in the contract to comply with current law. The hospital agrees to remain neutral regarding the decision of a nurse to join WSNA.
  • New language stating that a newly appointed charge nurse, along with the orienting nurse and the depart­ment director, will deter­mine when the charge nurse has been suffi­ciently oriented.
  • The hospital will be required to grant a newly hired nurse 30 minutes of paid time to meet with repre­sen­ta­tives of WSNA.
  • Effec­tive 7/1/21, nurses who accept overtime beyond a 12-hour shift will have the option to take 8 consec­u­tive hours off before the next shift.
  • Nurses who apply for a new position must indicate their interest to the Depart­ment Director in addition to the Human Resources office.
  • No inter­mit­tent rest breaks. Nurses will be entitled to 15 uninter­rupted minutes in each 4 hour period of work.

Assuming ratifi­ca­tion of this agree­ment, the contract will remain in effect until 10/31/20. Your team will begin prepa­ra­tions for the negoti­a­tion of the next contract late next summer.

Your Negoti­a­tion Team recom­mends a Yes vote. While extending a contract without a raise is not ideal, the team believes it is the best scenario under the current condi­tions.

Your Negoti­a­tion Team: Jason Kindle, Kala Winter, Bunni Schave, Jennifer Reynolds, Jayme Garrison, Michelle Phillips, Rachel Stum 

The VOTE to ratify this contract will occur on:
Jan. 9, 2020

in Conference Room C from 6 to 8 a.m.
and Conference Room A from 6 to 8 p.m.

You must be a WSNA Member in good standing
to vote on the contract.

Did you know that ADO (Assign­ment Despite Objec­tion) forms are now online?

If you find yourself in a situa­tion that you believe creates unsafe condi­tions for patients or for you, complete the Staffing Complaint / ADO form as soon as possible. Comple­tion of ADO forms are vital in ensuring that your unit has appro­priate staffing and is a safe place to work! We have seen an increase in ADO filings recently. At the same time, we know that many of you are experi­encing unsafe condi­tions that need to be documented.
By completing the form, you are helping to make the problem known to manage­ment, which creates an oppor­tu­nity for the problem to be addressed. In addition, you are documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
It only takes a couple of minutes to complete a form. Go to https://​www​.wsna​.org/union/ado for more infor­ma­tion!

Addition­ally, we need nurses to advocate for safe staffing by being on the staffing committee. All time spend doing the work of the committee is PAID TIME. If you are inter­ested in being a repre­sen­ta­tive to the nurse staffing committee from your unit please contact Bunni Schave or Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive!

Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3117 or telmore@wsna.org