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
Your WSNA Negotiation Team
Questions? Contact a negotiation team member or WSNA Nurse Representative Pat McClure at email@example.com or at 360 – 904-8004.