PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center

Negotiation day 1 update

Hello WSNA Nurses,

On Monday, Feb. 3, your negotiation team met for the first time with management to begin bargaining your WSNA contract. We submitted numerous initial proposals. Management responded on several but have not yet given us their opening proposal.

We will be holding our initial local unit meeting on Feb. 11, 2020 in Auditorium A from 3 -6 p.m. We will be providing refreshments. Along with giving you insight into our negotiation session as well as providing you information on the online staffing complaint form. This form has been agreed to between WSNA and management to record any staffing concerns and/or missed rest or meal breaks. You can find the form on your smart phone or online here:

In solidarity,
Your negotiation team

SWWM Cgroup

From left to right:
Jonathan Chase; Tower 7, WSNA Co-Chair, grievance officer
Andy Summers; ICU & ED
Shanta Gervickas; ED
Erica Ostenson; MOJO 4th floor
Gretchen Ruff; OR
Dawn Marick; Resource, WSNA Greivance officer, Secretary Treasurer
Didi Gray; Birth Center, WSNA Co-Chair
Erin Irwin; 3 South
Deb Krenzler; Member at Lage
Melissa Smithdeal; MOJO 2nd floor; WSNA Grievance officer
Mark Bolan; ICU

Your input is needed for negotiations

It is time for WSNA and the negotiations team to hear from you on what issues you would like to be addressed. Please take just a few moments to answer some questions on our online survey to help us better understand what is important to you. The team uses the information that you provide as a guide in representing your priorities at the negotiation table. You can reach the survey by using the button below.

Your negotiation team appreciates you taking the time to complete this very brief survey.

*The team will be primarily using email to communicate with you all so be sure to update your current home email address on the survey.

We will also be utilizing our Facebook page to provide updates; like us here:

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3051.

Volunteers needed!

Hello WSNA nurses,

Negotiations are just around the corner and we need your help. Would you be willing to help the negotiating team and be a point person on your unit to help direct nurses to fill out the pre-negotiation survey and keep them updated on the progress of our negotiations?

In unity,

Mara Kieval, BSN, RN
Nurse Representative
206-575-7979, Ext. 3051 (office)

New online Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) forms are here

Not getting all of your breaks? Working short staffed or staying late? Feel like you are taking an unsafe patient assignment? Denied earned PTO?

Yes, there is something you can do about this. Fill out a Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection form today.

  • Nurses are standing together for safe staffing and completing a Staffing Complaint/ADO form is the first step.
  • These forms can help make things better NOW and can help gather needed data as we prepare for contract negotiations.
  • This new online form can be accessed through your phone making it simple and quick.
  • Copies of the submitted online form will automatically be sent to you, your local unit chair, co/vice chair, staffing committee co-chairs, WSNA nurse representative and manager.

You can find the online form at For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Mara Kieval, RN BSN at or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3051.

Join us at the 2019 WSNA Biennial WSNA Convention!

There are a few spots left for sponsorship of attendance.

Don’t miss WSNA’s biennial convention being held May 1-3 at Tulalip resort. Nurses from across the state will convene to get an update on the national and state labor scenes, to learn how to be more effective leaders in our own workplaces, to celebrate our successes and to strategize for what’s coming next.

Our WSNA Southwest Local Unit Officers are sponsoring 4 nurses who are WSNA members with registration and reimbursement of hotel costs and mileage reimbursement. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity!

To find out more information about the convention, please visit

and then RSVP to WSNA Nurse Rep Mara Kieval at

Your unions are teaming up to make sure that you're safe on the job

There is nothing more important than the safety of our patients and our members.

Please complete the safety survey by Oct. 31.

Staffing, equipment, processes – whatever the issue is, be sure to fill out your safety survey and let our collective voices be heard.

Your new contract was ratified!

Thank you all for coming in to vote on the new contract. We hope to have the final copies online in the next few weeks, but most likely it may be after the holidays. We believe retro pay will be paid out on your Dec. 29 check, although payroll hasn’t yet confirmed if that can be accomplished.

We want to thank the nurses who generously donated their PTO to help offset the loss of income for taking time off to negotiate the contract. We are sincerely touched by your donations. Thank you!

In solidarity,

Your WSNA Negotiation Team:

Jeanne Avey
Sarah Rice
Amy Boultinghouse
Evelyn Schill
Laura Jensen
Mike Rogen
Annie Johnson
Mary Hegnes
Tami Wheeldon

Our contract is ratified!

Your negotiation team is thrilled to report that after an incredible turnout of nurses at the ratification vote on July 6th, nurses voted overwhelmingly “YES” on the new contract! New provisions of the contract are effective today. However, the retro-active pay will take payroll a few weeks to process.

Thank you all for voting and showing support for the team. At the vote, nurses were given forms to donate some of their PTO hours to the team members who volunteered over 100 hours of their own unpaid time to gain a terrific contract for every RN in the bargaining unit. If you would like to donate PTO hours (even an hour would be appreciated), please print the form and fax to Theresa Colletto & Mara Kieval by 7/21/17. Thank you for your consideration.

Contract vote

2017 Vote Summary

We will be holding a vote on the newly negotiated contract on July 6th. Please find one of the times below to drop in to view the redline of the contract and to cast your vote for the new contract. Negotiating team members, your nurse representative and attorney will be available to answer your questions. Only current WSNA members are eligible to vote on the contract.

When: Thursday, July 6th
Where: Classroom 1
Times: 0600-0800

Negotiation update

Your negotiation team is thrilled to report that we have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract! Management heard our concerns and worked to collaborate to achieve a GREAT contract. A detailed summary of the changed to the contract will be sent out next week. Until then, here are some of the highlights:

  1. Wages
    1. 4.00% increase retroactively paid from original contract expiration,
    2. 4.25% increase in January 2018,
    3. 4.25% increase in January 2019,
  2. Maintenance of our Extended Illness Bank,
  3. Fair Share Membership for all new hire RNs after ratification,
  4. Improved Nurse Staffing language,
  5. Pilot program of Incentive pay of $18.00 per hour for extra shifts,
  6. All relief and per diem RNs will receive additional 15% of their base pay in lieu of benefits,

And more good news to come….

We are working on finding a date to hold the ratification vote which we hope to hold in the next 2-3 weeks. We will send out an additional communication when the date, times and a location is scheduled. Your negotiation team unanimously encourages you to vote YES!