Hello all,

Edna Cortez, your local unit chair, and our WSNA nurse rep have been meeting with CNO Bonnie F and HR twice a week to discuss issues related to COVID-19 and other issues as they arise. Some of the usual agenda items are issues related PPE such as quantity on hand, issues with defec­tive or broken-down equip­ment, cleaning of equip­ment, etc. We are also aware that some are experi­encing allergic type responses to some masks. If you experi­ence such a reaction, please fill out an eFeed­back form as well as an ADO.

The Dept. of Occupa­tional Safety and Health (DOSH) is contin­uing its inves­ti­ga­tion into issues with PPE. We hope to have a report of their findings soon.

We under­stand that a number of you are experi­encing a signif­i­cant amount of low census. WSNA has been actively engaged in negoti­a­tions with the hospital on an MOU since the outbreak of the COVID crisis. To date, the hospital has not agreed to our reason­able proposals. The hospital has said NO” to any kind of admin­is­tra­tive pay during this diffi­cult time. WSNA’s latest MOU proposal contains some options to ensure that nurses working reduced hours will have easier access to unemploy­ment benefits including the enhanced benefits under the federal CARES Act. While negoti­ating programs such as standby unemploy­ment is far from ideal, your team believes that allowing nurses to supple­ment our reduced incomes, while protecting our insur­ance benefits, is a better alter­na­tive than the hospital’s current policy of allowing people to languish on low census. Today, the Hospital indicated they hope to have a response to us by mid-week. We also are aware that some Baylor nurses are experi­encing a more signif­i­cant pay cut due to the way they are sched­uled and paid. We are working on a solution that provides for an equitable rotation of low census.

As many of you know, we have filed several griev­ances related to COVID issues. The first is related to pay for nurses who were required to stay home related to an exposure to a commu­ni­cable disease. WSNA believes those nurses should be paid admin­is­tra­tive leave under 13.16 of our contract. The second griev­ance asserts the hospital violated our contract by denying work to nurses who had traveled. Finally, WSNA believes that any time spent in line to be screened for COVID symptoms is time worked and you must be paid. We have had the initial griev­ance meeting and are awaiting the hospital’s response on all three griev­ances. Your Local Unit Officers are committed to enforcing our contract with SCH.

In the meantime, it is recom­mended that nurses who are having their hours cut apply for unemploy­ment benefits. Please see the section under benefits/​low census” for links to resources — https://​www​.wsna​.org/​n​u​r​s​i​n​g​-​p​r​a​c​t​i​c​e​/​c​o​v​i​d​-​1​9​/​f​r​e​q​u​e​n​t​l​y​-​a​s​k​e​d​-​q​u​e​s​t​i​o​n​s​#​w​h​a​t​-​w​i​l​l​-​h​a​p​p​e​n​-​n​o​w​-​t​h​a​t​-​m​y​-​h​o​s​p​i​t​a​l​-​i​s​-​c​l​o​s​i​n​g​-​u​n​i​t​s​-​a​n​d​-​s​t​o​p​p​i​n​g​-​e​l​e​c​t​i​v​e​-​s​u​r​g​e​r​i​e​s​-​c​a​n​-​i​-​g​e​t​-​u​n​employment

If you are experi­encing issues with PPE or other COVID related issues, please reach out to one of your officers or nurse rep. You can find our contact infor­ma­tion 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.

Your local unit officers: Edna Cortez, Lindsey Kirsch, Diane Gates, Samantha Forte, Maria Sixto, Doris Taylor and Kara Yates. Nurse rep Sara Frey sfrey@wsna.org 206.575.7979 ext 3039