At the start of the day, we posted pictures in the negoti­a­tions room of our very successful rally. Thank you to all of the nurses who partic­i­pated in our pre-rally sign making party and to those of you who were able to come to the rally.

Our actions are sending a clear message to management:

  • Skagit RNs are passionate about providing the highest quality of care to the commu­nity we serve
  • Skagit RNs take these negoti­a­tions seriously
  • Skagit RNs expect a fair contract settle­ment that provides for safe staffing, reten­tion and recruit­ment of quality nurses, and protects health and retire­ment benefits during the life of the contract

This was our first mediated session. Media­tors work to settle a contract by identi­fying each sides’ positions on unset­tled proposals/​issues and looking for a path toward resolving those issues.

During our first session, we presented compelling arguments to the mediator in support of our position on unset­tled issues. Our proposals would provide Skagit nurses with a stable and predictable work environ­ment that will help retain and recruit nurses. Skagit nurses need safe staffing, better wages, and predictable health care and retire­ment benefits. Our question now is – why WON’T Skagit manage­ment support their nurses and their community?

We will return to negoti­a­tions with our mediator at the end of February. In the meantime, we must continue to demon­strate unity and solidarity. Our rally at the Skagit Court­house included nurses from our hospital, local firefighters, commu­nity members and nurses from Bellingham, Sedro Woolley, Children’s and Kirkland hospi­tals, demon­strating solidarity and standing united with us in our fight for a fair contract. We must continue to show that we are firm in our convic­tions and support each other as we continue these negoti­a­tions. We must ALL be visible in our support!

Right now we are asking you for extra diligence in completing the Nurse Staffing Concern (previ­ously ADO) forms to document staffing issues. Fill them out and turn them in to your super­visor and WSNA officers. Please also be in commu­ni­ca­tion with your CAST (contract action support team) members as well as all of us (negoti­a­tion team members) with any questions or concerns you may have. Again, a special thank you to all who helped with the rally and a reminder that we will continue to ask you to demon­strate your commit­ment to the commu­nity and each other as we work toward settling a fair contract.

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 sdunlalp@wsna.org for any questions.