You have until the end of Feb. 28, 2019, to submit seniority-based vacation requests through May 14, 2020. This is a change from the current contract language. #

We wrapped up our 12th negoti­a­tion session, the second with the federal mediator, and have yet to come to a mutual agree­ment about the contract.

The workplace violence proposal offered by manage­ment is inade­quate to deal with the safety issues we nurses face on a daily basis. WSNA’s workplace violence proposal requires a plan of action be imple­mented and protec­tion for staff when assaults occur. Manage­ment continues to reject this proposal which would imple­ment real change and actually improve the safety in our units.

Manage­ment has stated the new Washington state staffing law covers any and all staffing issues, and that WSNA should not be able to file griev­ances based on staffing. WSNA strongly disagrees with this position. WSNA has proposed standards of staffing to ensure nurses get breaks, can use their PTO and for manage­ment to adhere to their own staffing plan.

WSNA strongly believes manage­ment is using KRONOS to underpay staff. We continue to ask to meet with those who can address the issues we have brought forth. They continue to insist we meet with manage­ment members who have proven to be inade­quate in fixing the system over the last twelve years.

SJMC also continues to insist on a 5% pay cut for Supple­mental Part Time staff. The employer states retroac­tive pay back to Nov. 1, 2018, is out of the question.

Your WSNA negoti­a­tion team has worked hard to improve contract language to make SJMC a safer place to work. Filling staffing vacan­cies and improving reten­tion and recruit­ment is directly related to wages and premiums. Management’s wage package is not market compet­i­tive. WSNA continues to propose annual raises and a BSN/MSN premium pay that will make SJMC compet­i­tive with the market, while both retaining and attracting quality nurses.

Your bargaining team has spent hundreds of hours at the bargaining table. What are the next steps?

  • Show up at the Unity Dinner — March 11 from 5:30 — 8:30 p.m.
    EQC Fife Ballroom/​Conference Center (5700 Pacific HWY E)
  • Sign up for Infor­ma­tional Picketing
  • Show your support for our union

In Unity,

Your WSNA Negoti­a­tion Team

Questions? Contact a negoti­a­tion team member or WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Pat McClure at pmcclure@wsna.org or at 360 – 904-8004.

You have until the end of Feb. 28, 2019, to submit seniority-based vacation requests through May 14, 2020. This is a change from the current contract language. #