We are hearing a lot of good questions from nurses about what is happening in negotiations and we are excited that so many of you are interested in what is going on at the bargaining table.
One of the things that we want you to know is that the work we do in negotiations is different than a fast-paced shift on the floor or in a clinic. Work at the bargaining table is often times slow and methodical. Consequently, we may not have a lot of “new news” after each session.
We are working hard right now to fight off proposals from management that will not benefit Skagit RNs. These include management’s continued push to be able to reopen the contract and renegotiate our healthcare and retirement benefits. Think renegotiate = reduce! And at our latest session, management proposed tying an even greater percentage of wages to “designated quality metric benchmarks.” We are not fooled by any suggestion that this is good for nurses.
We need a guarantee of adequate staffing, a safe patient care environment and appropriate support in order to be able to deliver quality patient care. Along with fighting off management’s repugnant proposals, we continue to push our agenda for safe staffing during these negotiations.
We are working hard on the behalf of all WSNA represented Skagit nurses. Right now, Skagit nurses need to stay informed, involved and visible as we work for a fair contract. We need to send the message to management that we are united and that we will fight to maintain our benefits and to get a fair contract now! Understand that we will get the best contract if a majority of Skagit RNs show support for the WSNA contract bargaining team. There are many ways to show your support. Keep reading to find out how!
July 30 – our next negotiation session Stop by Skagit cafeteria on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with WSNA Organizer Ione Fullerton.
Aug. 2 – a local unit meeting Drop-in from 5 to 8 p.m., Sahale Room, Skagit Hospital. Attend to get updates from the July 30 negotiation session, have your questions answered, learn more about your contract benefits, find out how to get more involved and get tips on how to use the Nurse Staffing Concern forms to affect change.
Speaking of staffing… mark your calendar for a free CE event!
Aug. 15 — WSNA Executive Director Sally Watkins will give a presentation on the new state staffing law.
This event includes 2 CEUs and a free dinner.
All Skagit RNs in the bargaining unit who are interested in learning more about improving our staffing concerns should attend. If we don’t understand the law, and our rights around the law, how can we stand up for ourselves and make things better?
When: 5 – 8 p.m. (dinner at 5:30, presentation begins at 6)
Where: Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Convention Center
2300 Market St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273
Seating is limited, so RSVP today by contacting WSNA Nurse Organizer Sydney James at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3004 or at SJames@wsna.org.
Your WSNA RN negotiation team;
Peter Moore (MPC), Rachel Yates (MPC), Jessica Knutzen (Float Pool), Alice Riddle (IV Therapy), Alyssa Stirpe (Stanwood), Liz Rainaud (FBC), Randi Dykstra (Case Management) and Sue O’Donnell (WSNA Nurse Representative)
For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sue O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org.