We held our 12th negoti­a­tion session on Monday, Nov. 26, 2018.

We were able to reach a few tenta­tive agree­ments during this session; however, we are still far apart on the key issues of staffing, wages/​benefits, reopeners and layoffs. We have continued to press manage­ment on staffing issues, but they have rejected our proposals for specific solutions to help with staffing. We talked about the need for 24-hour IV therapy, additional resource nurses who are not pulled, a desig­nated triage nurse who is not pulled in the ED and the need for meal and rest break coverage.

Remember, you can help our efforts at the table to secure safe staffing by filling out nurse staffing concern forms every time you have a staffing concern. If you don’t report it, it is as if it didn’t happen. After filling out the form, email a copy of the completed form to WSNA Chair Liz Rainaud at tulipcityquilt@aol.com and WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sue Dunlap at sdunlap@wsna.org.

Thank you all for your continued support of our negoti­ating team – we are working hard for you at the table. We have another session sched­uled for Jan. 10 and are in the process of sched­uling additional dates. Stay tuned for more updates and information.

In solidarity,

Your WSNA Negoti­a­tion Team:

Peter Moore (MPC), Alyssa Stirpe (Stanwood), Randi Dykstra (Case Manage­ment), Rachel Yates (MPC), Liz Rainaud (FBC), Alice Riddle (IV Therapy) and Jessica Knutzen (Float Pool)

Questions? Contact a negoti­a­tion team member, WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sue O’Don­nell at sodonnell@wsna.org or at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3045 or WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sue Dunlap at sdunlap@wsna.org or at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3005.