Call to action – step up and be seen: #

Plan now to attend the Board of Direc­tors meeting this Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:50 a.m. in the Sahale Room at the hospital. We want a show of nurses. The Board needs to see that manage­ment is still not taking our proposals and demands seriously.

7 – 9 a.m.: Drop-in Q&A in the cafeteria with members of the negoti­a­tion team before or after the show of support at the board meeting.

View the event flyer here.

Negotiation update: Our ninth negotiating session took place on Thursday, Oct. 18. #

We have reached tenta­tive agree­ments on enhanced sick leave use, charge nurse premium increases and educa­tion premiums. But we are still apart on safe staffing, retire­ment and insur­ance, wages and layoff language.

Manage­ment continues to resist our proposals on safe staffing, breaks and our need to know what health care and retire­ment benefits to expect over the life of this contract. They are still proposing to condi­tion some of our wage increases on metric scores.

In response to our staffing and break concerns, manage­ment is bringing proposed solutions that they want to imple­ment without meaningful nurse input. They are not including us in these decisions. These are issues that should be addressed by exchanging proposals at the table, not by bringing processes manage­ment is trying without our meaningful input.

Along with safe staffing and breaks, we have other substan­tive issues on the table. Manage­ment wants to drasti­cally reduce our rights in the event of a layoff. Over the past several years, approx­i­mately one dozen depart­ments have been affected by layoff and restruc­ture. Layoff is real. Limiting our options is not what we as nurses want.

Tell manage­ment that we, your negoti­ating team, are here to bargain a contract now. We were at the table in 2017 and agreed to a one year contract in part because manage­ment didn’t have a proposal for us regarding health­care and retire­ment benefits. They are telling us they still can’t give us these. They have had more than a year to get this together. They need to bring these items to the table and bargain them now. We are inter­ested in bargaining a fair, compre­hen­sive contract now.

Our next negoti­ating session is sched­uled for Oct. 30. Watch for further actions to come.

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)

Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sue O’Don­nell at sodonnell@wsna.org for any questions.