Samuel Scholl, BSN, RN Send email 206.575.7979, ext. 3045
Posted Jan 15, 2021
Vote on a proposed wage increase
After WSNA pushed for wage equity during our recent contract negotiations, Kindred has belatedly agreed to credit RNs for years of experience as a nurse (not just Kindred years), and presented the Union with a comprehensive proposal earlier this month. However, Kindred has declined to extend the offer to per diem nurses unless they join as full-time or part-time employees. The Union will continue to push Kindred to work toward true wage equity, and this mid-term proposal represents a step.
The Union bargaining team recommends a “yes” vote on this good, but not perfect, proposal. Please contact your Nurse Representative, Sam Scholl with questions.
What: Vote on a proposed wage increase Where: Outside at Kindred’s entrance When: Thursday, Jan 21 from 0645 – 0745 and 1845 – 1945
What would change:
Full time and Part Time nurses wages will be moved to the appropriate place on the hiring grid that matches their acute care years nursing experience, if they are not already there. 1 year acute care experience is given for every two years in sub-acute or outside the US experience, or as an LPN.
Assuming Union members ratify this proposal, increases will be retroactive to 1/13/2021
Per diems who switch to full time or part time status in 2021 and remain in that status for 6 months will also be placed on the appropriate step on the hiring grid, if applicable, done as part of this proposal. Per diems will lose any increase if they switch back to per diem status during the 6 month period.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
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If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.