Noelle Pacu

We had a very productive meeting last night #


Thank you all who were able to attend. This is a time for us all to be united as one. Our next meetings will be held after our Oct. 9 negoti­a­tion date.

Save the dates and plan on attending one of these meetings on Oct. 10 from 7:30 – 9 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 7:30 – 9 a.m., location to be deter­mined.

The key moving forward is that we all stand together with one voice.

Please wear blue on Oct. 4 and Oct. 9 to support us, your negoti­a­tion team and continue to take pictures of nurses on your unit holding signs of support and unity and send them to cgarrison@wsna.org.

ED assailant charged with assault #

The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against the patient who assaulted three nurses, one physi­cian and a security officer on Sept. 9. We applaud the prose­cutor for recog­nizing the serious­ness of the incident and the nurses who stepped forward: Jessica Murphy, Karina Bethje and Michael Trunkey.

This is another signif­i­cant step in our efforts to #EndNurseAbuse now — at Kadlec and across the state and nation.

What takeaways were proposed by management? What progress did we make on workplace safety?

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Day two negoti­a­tion update:
On the after­noon of our second day, we finally received some of Management’s opening proposals. Proposals are merely management’s wishes; their opening gambit. Your bargaining team is ready for the long fight to come.

Major benefit cuts proposed:
Manage­ment is proposing major cuts and premium increases to medical benefits. Late on day two, manage­ment finally provided some of their opening proposals, which include:

  • Elimi­nating The Employer’s Payment of 70% of the cost of depen­dent coverage for part-time employees;
  • Tying future medical premium to what a majority” of employees pay, and raising the premium rate increases for full-time employees from 7% to 15% per year for 2019, and 2020;
  • Elimi­nating the last fully paid employer premium for the Hospital’s core plan in 2020, cutting the Employer contri­bu­tion to 95%; and
  • Reserving the right to impose further cuts and changes during the Agreement.

While manage­ment also proposed a parental leave program which they have yet to fully explain, this hardly offsets the proposed cuts. We, your bargaining team will be aggres­sively forcing manage­ment to turn over the detailed data on their Plan, and stand united in opposi­tion to these cuts!

Workplace Violence challenged with demands for change:
Your bargaining team demanded immediate talks on fixing the major security lapses at Kadlec, exempli­fied by the recent incidents in ED and ICU. Chris­tine Watts, WSNA’s Senior Director of Labor, laid out a powerful argument that Kadlec is falling far short of protecting its nurses. Relying on WSNA survey responses, and the terrible recent incidents, your bargaining team demanded we meet next week to inter­vene immedi­ately. In addition, your brave nurses who have been recent victims have stepped forth to speak to the media and post to the internet to raise the entire Nation’s aware­ness of this critical issue.

Contract termi­na­tion – no reason to worry:
Kadlec’s commu­ni­ca­tion of yesterday appears calcu­lated to make you worry about WSNA’s notice to termi­nate your current contract on Nov. 11. Do not be concerned. While the termi­na­tion of the CBA allows WSNA to take more aggres­sive action to support its demands, and temporarily limits arbitra­tions, Federal Law guaran­tees that all your working condi­tions, wages and other rights will remain intact. In short, you will notice no change at all in your working condi­tions.

Your bargaining team is fighting hard on what may be a long road to defeat takeaways and achieve your bargaining prior­i­ties; we will be strong, smart and strategic. Be patient and we will keep you fully informed.

Upcoming dates of negoti­a­tions are Oct. 4, Oct. 9 and Oct. 15. We are currently looking for more dates.

Kellie And Denise At Outpt Imaging

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Thanks to all who stopped by the cafeteria today to share your concerns about staffing and workplace safety. Your commitment to your profession and your patients are inspiring! We enjoyed meeting and hearing from you.
– WSNA Senior Director of Labor Christine Watts, MN, RN and WSNA Occupational and Environmental Health Specialist Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S

In solidarity,

Your negoti­ating team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU)
Martha Galvez (Birth Center)
Vanessa Douglas (ICU)
Toni Ledridge (PAS)
Kathy Peot (Resource)
Marianne Sturte­vant (OR)
Meri Bukovinsky (CDU)
Joyce McMurphy (NICU)
(Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab)
Joy Barclay (DI)

For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3113.