First and foremost, we want to give a great big thank you to everyone who has supported our negoti­ating team. For those who stepped up and took part in the sign making and picture taking, the signs were hung facing the manage­ment team during the session to make the greatest impact. Thank you to each and every one who wore WSNA pins as a show of support. They were certainly noticed by managers on the units. Please keep up the show of support for us, your negoti­ating team.

A special thanks also go out to the 7th floor for all of the tasty snacks. It was greatly appreciated.

During the session, manage­ment increased their wage proposal. We still have a ways to go, however. We are still working on the issue of floating between the Main OR and Walters. We encourage any nurse who has a story to tell about the effects of floating on safe patient care, patient satis­fac­tion and job satis­fac­tion to contact one of the negoti­ating team members to tell your story. Readable paystubs are still an issue. The practice of using PTO to cover your FTE, even if you pick up another shift, was also on the table.

Our next negoti­ating session is Dec. 11 at 9 a.m. at the Holiday Inn and Suites.

Remember, the Social Events are planned to take place on Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the 7 Seas and Friday, Dec. 21 from noon to 2 p.m. at the Red Elm. This is a family-friendly event and snacks are provided. Everyone is welcome!

If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Pat McClure at pmcclure@wsna.org or at 360 – 904-8004.