The energy from the member­ship helped fuel the bargaining team while pushing the employer to a settle­ment. After 14+ hours of negoti­a­tions, the parties reached an agree­ment with improve­ments on 4 issues:

  1. Staffing –Incen­tive Pay for seasonal volumes and vacation coverage
  2. Ratifi­ca­tion Bonus – increased ratifi­ca­tion bonus that narrows the gap to full retro pay
  3. Walters – protec­tions for Walters OR nurses hired before 1/1/2015 against cross-training to Main OR
  4. Per Diems – Imple­ment pay increases at the same time as imple­men­ta­tion of new work requirements. 

Wages

The bargaining team fought until the end of the night to make improve­ments in the negoti­ated pay increases of 3% upon ratifi­ca­tion, 3.5% on 11/1/19 and 3% on 11/1/20. The employer would not move any further in this area. Obviously, we all would have liked to bring you bigger raises and we are disap­pointed. However, once imple­mented, your raises will put SJMC at or above the average for hospi­tals in the Seattle – Tacoma market.

Staffing

Nurses who pick up extra shifts will receive a $5/​hour incen­tive when a depart­ment has above 3% overtime for all paid hours for 2 consec­u­tive pay periods. Nurses with 0.6 FTE and above are eligible for this premium. The incen­tive periods are from January 1 – April 30 and July 1 – August 31 of each year. 

The bargaining team believes that it is step in the right direc­tion but won’t solve every staffing problem. Creating an incen­tive for picking up shifts during the worst months for staffing and during peak vacation months, is a good start. 

Ratifi­ca­tion Bonus

The bargaining team fought to the very end for full retro pay. When it became apparent that the employer would not move on retro pay, the team fought to close the gap between retro pay and the bonus, resulting in a 2‑tiered bonus. This brings nurses at the high end of the wage scale closer to retro pay. The final agree­ment is:

Steps 1 – 15: $1,100

Steps 16 – 30: $1,300

Walters

Upon ratifi­ca­tion of the contract, The Medical Center will not require nurses hired into the Walters OR before January 1, 2015 to cross-train into the Main OR for proce­dures not regularly performed at the Walters OR.”

Your bargaining team strongly believes that this tenta­tive agree­ment repre­sents the best possible outcome from these negoti­a­tions. There­fore, this contract is recom­mended by your bargaining team: Dian Davis, Janet Stewart, Rachael De Souza, Linda Burbank, Sally Budack, Tiffany Repar, Melissa Garcia, Katie Miller, Francine Gumina, Melissa Balla

The VOTE to ratify this contract will occur on June 13 from 6 – 9 a.m., 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., 2 – 5 p.m. and 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. in Lagerquist C.

You must be a WSNA Member in good standing to vote on the contract. YOU ARE WSNA!!

Hanna Welander, WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3035 or hwelander@wsna.org.