We held our third session with our PERC mediator on Thursday, March 8 and we are encouraged that we are seeing some forward movement.
Management has indicated willingness to move off of health care and retirement reopeners as part of a package proposal. We are encouraged by this movement, and that management is finally hearing that Skagit nurses expect their health and retirement benefits to be secure during the life of this contract. We are also making some progress on wages, and we continue to push hard for retroactive pay.
We also continue to work on safe staffing language and layoff proposals and expect to have significant discussions over these issues during our next session on March 22.
We will keep you advised of our progress followings the next session.
Together in unity,
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 Dunlap at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.