Many of you have seen the “FAQ Regarding Strikes” communications from management. It raised as many questions as it answered. Here are WSNA’s answers to some of the concerns we’ve received.
What if I can’t afford to strike for a long period of time?
We have heard concerns about a long strike. We look forward to more conversations and want to hear your input on the length of the strike at the upcoming vote. The vote on October 29 and 30 is to authorize a strike. The WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare will determine the duration of the strike when a strike is called based on multiple factors including consultation with our negotiating team. Your voice will help inform this decision so please attend the upcoming vote and make your voice heard.
Will I get fined if I cross the picket line?
WSNA is not going to fine you — we’re going to support each other. It’s not in WSNA’s Bylaws and Local Unit Rules, and WSNA has NEVER imposed fines against nurses who choose to work during a strike. If it comes to a strike, we certainly hope every Kadlec nurse will join us on the picket line to make the strike as effective as possible as we work to achieve our goals at the bargaining table. Crossing a picket line erodes camaraderie in the workplace, prolongs the strike and negatively impacts our efforts to work as a team once the strike is settled. But, no, we will not fine you if you choose to go to work.
Do I have to be a member of WSNA?
If you want to vote on strike authorization, you must be a WSNA member in good standing. We are proud that so many Kadlec nurse are members of WSNA — our unity makes us strong! If you are not a member and want to join (and vote in the upcoming strike authorization), you can complete a WSNA member application. If you choose to have your dues deducted from payroll for the next year, you don’t have to pay anything up front. If payroll deduction is not selected, three months advance payment will be required. Nonmembers are welcome to attend the vote to hear the information and to ask questions.
Will I be harassed at work if I don’t support the strike?
WSNA does not support harassment of any kind. We don’t want to harass anyone – we want to talk to each other about the very important decision on whether to authorize a strike.
WSNA is committed to providing accurate information and answers to your questions and concerns.
On Friday, Oct. 25, we met for our 15th session, our fifth with a Federal Mediator. Today, we presented a package proposal in the morning focused on preserving our earned benefits. Although management responded, sadly we are still far apart. We spent a significant part of our day preparing for and interviewing Providence’s benefits specialist. We are in the process of scheduling another mediation date in hopes of reaching an agreement we can recommend. Please come to the strike vote to learn more.
Other questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick. MBA, BSN, RN, at 206 – 858-2139.