We, your 2019 negoti­a­tion team, met on Wednesday, June 5, with manage­ment for our second bargaining session. We were very disap­pointed to see the hospital has taken the route of commu­ni­cating with nurses outside of the bargaining table. We encourage you all to remember that the mailings/​emails from the employer reflect the hospi­tals inter­ests and perspec­tive on issues and proposals. Your WSNA negoti­a­tion team is fighting for your inter­ests and is your repre­sen­ta­tive at the table. If you have questions or concerns about your contract or negoti­a­tions, please reach out to a team member or WSNA.

As we discussed after the first session, the hospital has presented a compre­hen­sive proposal on paid leave and benefits as well as a number of other proposals. You should expect to receive commu­ni­ca­tion from the hospital related to its Time Away From Work proposal. Your team has a consid­er­able number of concerns about the substance and conse­quences of this proposal which are much more complex than what is depicted in the antic­i­pated mailer the hospital has stated it intends to send to all WSNA nurses. Once we, your bargaining team, have received more infor­ma­tion, we plan to have more dialogue and commu­ni­ca­tion with you so we can further discuss the proposal, answer questions and receive feedback from you all.

We meet with manage­ment again on June 27 to continue bargaining. Do we have your current private (not work) email address? That is the fastest way to receive timely updates. Please contact your Nurse Rep to update this infor­ma­tion if there has been a change or if we don’t have your email address. You can also view WSNA updates on the WSNA Children’s page at https://​www​.wsna​.org/​u​n​i​o​n​/​s​e​a​t​t​l​e​-​c​h​i​l​d​r​e​n​s-hospital.

Remember, WSNA is your resource for all questions related to negoti­a­tions and other contract matters. Please contact Edna Cortez, Local unit chair (ednapcortez722@gmail.com), one of your negoti­a­tion team members or WSNA Nurse Rep. Sara Frey (sfrey@wsna.org) if you have questions or comments.

In solidarity,
Your 2019 WSNA negoti­a­tion team — Edna Cortez (PACU), Lindsey Kirsch (ED), Diane Gates (PICU), Nancy Wilder (PACU), Ross Beaulau­rier (Surgical RC5), Samantha Forte (Acute Care Float), Eliza­beth Gideon (Rehab), Shaina Lawson (NICU), Sarah Munro (Bellevue Surg Center), Jennifer Pease (Bellevue Surg. Center), Maria Sixto (Airlift NW), Kara Yates (Medical)