Upcoming negoti­a­tions

Negoti­a­tions for your next contract are set to begin in mid-March. Your WSNA team members have started preparing for those negoti­a­tions by reviewing survey results and meeting with WSNA staff. Stay tuned for more infor­ma­tion once we sit down at the bargaining table.

Want to be more involved? Contact your WSNA Organizer, Annie Mansfield. amansfield@wsna.org or call/‚Äčtext 206‚ÄČ‚Äď‚ÄČ247-4723

Break infor­ma­tion

Rest breaks ‚Äď You are entitled to a 15-minute uninter¬≠rupted break for each 4‚ÄĎhour block worked. You must start that break within the first 3 hours of each 4‚ÄĎhour block. For example, if you start at 7 a.m. and don‚Äôt take your first break until 1pm, you have already missed your first rest break and should be clocking out that you missed a break, and you must be paid an additional 15 minutes at the appro¬≠priate rate (i.e.. if it puts you into daily overtime, it is paid at the overtime rate.) The intent of our state laws and contract is to ensure that you are rested and receive adequate relief at appro¬≠priate times.

Meals ‚Äď You are entitled to a 30-minute unpaid meal break for every 5 hours of work. For 12-hour nurses, you are entitled to a second unpaid meal period which you may waive. If you do wish to take it, you would have to work 13 hours to receive your full pay for that shift. Twelve-hour nurses are entitled to 3 breaks and 2 meals.

Both your meal(s) and your breaks must be uninter­rupted. If you are inter­rupted and can’t restart the break or meal, then you should record it as missed. You must be completely relieved of duties during breaks and meals or they are paid, and you should clock them as missed.

In addition to logging your missed break in Kronos, take 90 seconds to log it in this online ADO form so that your staffing committee designee has a record of all missed breaks on the unit.

Missed breaks

(When you click on the ADO form, select your employer from the drop-down menu, fill in your name and shift info, check the box that applies to you, then scroll down and hit ‚Äč‚Äėsubmit‚Äô)

Please contact WSNA immedi­ately if you are not paid for missed breaks and meal periods.

Assign­ment Despite Objec­tion (ADO)

If you find yourself in a situa¬≠tion that you believe creates unsafe condi¬≠tions for patients or for you, complete the Staffing Complaint / ADO (Assign¬≠ment Despite Objec¬≠tion). In the moment if time allows, please try to follow your chain of command. If the situa¬≠tion is resolved, there is no need to file an ADO but if it is not resolved, it is impor¬≠tant to fill one out.

What happens to my ADO form? First, your manager may need to gather more infor¬≠ma¬≠tion from you. The ADO is then discussed in staffing committee. Staffing committee makes the deter¬≠mi¬≠na¬≠tion as to whether the ADO is resolved or unresolved. If it is unresolved, the committee continues to look at ways to address the complaints. If ADOs continue to be submitted for the same issue/‚Äčfloor, then it may also facil¬≠i¬≠tate the filing of complaints with regula¬≠tory agencies related to break/‚Äčovertime protec¬≠tions law viola¬≠tions. The hospital may be required to take further action to correct the issue and may be subject to fines.

Your manager should be following up with you as to the outcome of your ADO. Don‚Äôt be afraid to ask if you do not hear anything. Gener¬≠ally, staffing committee is held once a month on the first Monday of the month. Does your unit have a rep on the staffing committee? If not and you would like to join, please reach out to one of your officers, your nurse rep or organizer.

Where do I find the ADO form?

More infor¬≠ma¬≠tion about ADO forms and a fillable form (scroll to the bottom) is avail¬≠able here: https://‚Äčwww‚Äč.wsna‚Äč.org/union/ado

To sign up for a 30-minute training on ‚Äč‚ÄúHow and When to use an ADO form‚ÄĚ, use the link below to register via signup genius:

Are you inter­ested in attending the 2021 Washington State Nurses Conven­tion for free?

This year, your Local Unit leaders are sponsoring the first 10 WSNA members who respond to attend the virtual conven¬≠tion April 28‚ÄČ‚Äď‚ÄČ29.

If you‚Äôve never been able to fit the conven¬≠tion into your schedule or budget, this is your oppor¬≠tu¬≠nity. This year, we‚Äôll have a fantastic lineup of speakers presenting on impor¬≠tant topics relevant to your practice, including how to achieve patient and workforce safety and how to create a culture of anti-racism in health care. Earn up to 8.25 CNEs!

Because of our move to a virtual conven¬≠tion, we‚Äôre able to offer regis¬≠tra¬≠tion for the low price of $50 for WSNA members (contact your WSNA nurse repre¬≠sen¬≠ta¬≠tive for the promo¬≠tion code). But if you reserve your spot for sponsor¬≠ship, your Local Unit will reimburse your $50 regis¬≠tra¬≠tion fee. Nonmem¬≠bers are also encour¬≠aged to attend or better yet, complete a WSNA member appli¬≠ca¬≠tion now to be eligible for the free confer¬≠ence. To join, fill out this online PDF form, save the file, and email it to membership@wsna.org.

For more infor­ma­tion and to request sponsor­ship, contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sara Frey at sfrey@wsna.org.