We don’t want to go on strike. We want a fair contract. Sometimes, though, withholding our labor is the only way left to stand up for our patients and ourselves.
If you haven’t already, read WSNA’s blog post “Sometimes walking is the last, best option.”
“Standing together in solidarity on the strike line is the biggest “no” our profession has to offer. No more marginalization of patient care, no more slashing of the benefits that allow us to take care of our families and our patients, no more treatment of staff that leads too many to walk away.”
“Sometimes, allowing a hospital to continue along its current path is more harmful than any negative consequences resulting from a strike. In such instances, and when all other alternatives have been exhausted, we are called to act collectively on behalf of our patients.”
“A strike is particularly critical when the employer engages in bad faith bargaining and commits other unfair labor practices. Nurses must be free from illegal coercion and intimidation so they can effectively advocate for their patients’ needs. Such unlawful management tactics cannot stand unanswered…”
Vote on October 29 & 30 #
We have scheduled vote times throughout the day on two consecutive days to give as many nurses as possible the opportunity to vote. Please note that vote times will be strictly enforced and limited to the voting times listed below.
October 29 and 30 unfair labor practice strike authorization vote
location and times:
Red Lion Hotel
802 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99352
Times are the same for both days
8 – 10 a.m.
4 – 6 p.m.
8 – 10 p.m.
Please note that you must be a WSNA member in good standing to vote on strike authorization. If you are not a member, you can still join and cast your ballot. Complete a WSNA member application and sign the dues authorization that includes incurring an obligation to pay WSNA dues for at least a year. If payroll deduction is not selected, three months advance payment will be required.
Please submit your questions and potential concerns so we can be prepared to respond at the strike vote coming up.
Other questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick. MBA, BSN, RN, at 206 – 858-2139.