Astria Sunnyside Hospital

Astria bankruptcy update

WSNA is continuing to utilize all available tools to protect the interests of Astria nurses while Astria moves through the bankruptcy process. Recent examples of this work include:

  1. Carefully monitoring bankruptcy filings and other developments related to Astria’s ongoing attempts to reorganize.
  2. Filing grievances and claims in bankruptcy court to protect nurses’ interests in accrued PTO/vacation time.
  3. Filing a WARN suit over Astria’s failure to give legally required notice before closing ARMC

In the meantime, we encourage all nurses to remain vigilant by checking your 401(k) accounts and HSA accounts. You should make sure that all money deducted from your paycheck has been deposited in the proper accounts. While we are not expecting any problems, we would like to know of any concerns as soon as possible.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Carmen Garrison at

Our Contract is now online

You can now view and download our new contract. It is available in the Contracts and Documents section of this page.

Astria bankruptcy update

As you are well aware, we will be going into negotiations again once the bankruptcy court closes the case. We still do not have a date when this is expected to be final. Until the bankruptcy is final, it makes no sense to go to the table to negotiate a contract as the hospital will not negotiate wages until the bankruptcy case is closed.

Vacation and Holiday cash out

Did you ask to cash out any of your vacation and holiday according to article 10.6? If you did request the cash out and were denied, please contact Carmen Garrison at as soon as possible.

We have filed a grievance for nurses who have left employment and were denied their vacation/holiday cash out upon termination. We are currently working with the bankruptcy court to resolve this issue. The employer agreed to cash out for current employees per article 10.6. There will be more coming on this.

10.6 Vacation Cash-Out:

At the end of each calendar year, up to forty (40) hours of accrued vacation may be cashed out at the nurse's regular rate of pay (payable the second payroll in January of the following year), provided that forty (40) hours must remain in the nurse's vacation bank after the cash-out. Written requests for the cash-out of accrued vacation .must be received by Human Resources not later than December 15 of the year for which the cash-out is requested. The request will be submitted on a cash-out form supplied by the Hospital.

ADO/Staffing complaint forms online

ADO/Staffing Complaint Forms are now online at These are reviewed by your Staffing Committee. We encourage you to use the online version. Copies automatically go to the LU (Local Unit) Chair, the co-chairs on the staffing committee. Please include your manager’s email information so a copy goes to them as well.

Show your support for Swedish employees

Swedish workers are going on strike. Please sign their petition.

WSNA Leadership- Let's build our future

8.5 CNE contact hours

This March, don’t miss WSNA’s annual labor training event at Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, Washington. Join nurses from around the state as we 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.

WSNA Lobby Day

2.75 CNE contact hours

Nurses are the most trusted profession and make outstanding advocates. You showed that loud and clear last session – let’s build on that momentum at WSNA’s 2020 Lobby Day!

Here’s how Lobby Day works:

The morning session will be held at The Heritage Room – just down the street from the Capitol. You’ll hear the latest from WSNA staff and legislators on the 2020 session and WSNA’s priorities. You’ll receive talking points and training on meeting with legislators, and you will have time to practice what you will say when you meet with your representatives in their offices that afternoon.

On Lobby Day, after the morning session ends, you will join other nurses on the hill to meet with your legislators. Once you register, WSNA will make legislative appointments for you. You just need to show up!

Feb. 6, 2020, 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at

Tele-Townhall meeting regarding PTO, vacation and holiday banks

Attention Astria nurses

WSNA knows you have been going through some very stressful times this year with the bankruptcy and all the disruptions and challenges this has caused you. We have been working with our attorneys and the bankruptcy attorney on issues regarding the handling of PTO, vacation, and holiday banks. We are also watching the future sale as it progresses.

We are holding a Tele-Townhall meeting on Tuesday, January 7, 2019. Below are the times and links for each session. It is important that everyone possible attends. Click on the links below if you plan on being at your computer or using your mobile phone.

Jan. 7, 2020

5:30-7 p.m.
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+1 206-485-2614 United States, Seattle (Toll)
(888) 313-0617 United States (Toll-free)
Conference ID: 419 717 865#
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7:30-9 p.m.
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(888) 313-0617 United States (Toll-free)
Conference ID: 219 051 828#
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If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jayson Dick (for Yakima and Toppenish) at or 206-858-2139 and Carmen Garrison (for Sunnyside) at or 206-491-9424.

Contract vote summary

We have a Tentative Agreement on a contract!

Your Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with the Hospital. The Team believes this agreement is a necessary step in light of the ongoing bankruptcy proceedings. The agreement will preserve our collective voice at Sunnyside while ensuring that we have the ability to come back to the bargaining table as the hospital emerges from bankruptcy.


Expiration date
This short-term contract will expire on March 31, 2020. Your bargaining team did not want to commit us to a long-term contract that was negotiated at a time when the hospital did not have authority to negotiate wage increases. While there is no way to know with certainty when the bankruptcy proceedings will conclude, the best estimate is that Astria will emerge from the process around the first of the year. This agreement will have the parties back at the bargaining table at the time the employer regains control over its finances.

Wage Freeze
Once Astria filed for bankruptcy, the employer lost its ability to make financial decisions. The hospital’s bargaining team did not have the authority to make an economic proposal. Therefore, there will be no across the board wage increases during this contract. Nurses are still eligible for step increases in accordance with the terms of Section 8.1.

Non-Economic Changes
The following non-economic changes will go into effect upon the ratification of this agreement by WSNA members at Sunnyside.

Association Membership/Dues Deduction
WSNA nurses at Sunnyside have called for a stronger collective voice. We have made proposals to the employer to give nurses a greater say in contract negotiations, staffing decisions and other policies that effect our ability to provide care to our patients. The hospital has steadfastly rejected our proposals. The new contract will contain language that clarifies that WSNA members should communicate directly with WSNA, as opposed to communicating with the employer, about WSNA membership status. However, strengthening our membership language will be a point of emphasis in the next contract in addition to economic improvements.

New Hires From Astria Facilities
Nurses transferring from other Astria facilities will have their years of service counted for the purposes of benefits. This will not affect seniority. The new language will make it easier for a nurse to transfer to Sunnyside from Regional or Toppenish.

Seniority Based Layoff Language
The new contract will remove the hospital’s current exclusive authority to determine if a nurse is qualified to bump into a position on the Low Seniority Roster in the event of a layoff. This improvement will require the employer to make layoff decisions based exclusively on seniority.

Sick Leave Language Updates
The new contract will contain updates to the sick leave language to recognize the benefits that nurses will accrue under the Washington State Paid Sick Leave Act. Full-time and part-time nurses will not see any changes to their sick leave accruals or caps. Per diem nurses will see their statutory rights articulated in the contract.

Bereavement Leave
Bereavement Leave will be increased from 24 hours to 3 regular shifts (36 hours for 12-hour shift nurses).

This contract is recommended by your bargaining team.

The VOTE to ratify this contract will occur on
October 28 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
in the Classroom at the Hospital

You must be a WSNA member in good standing to vote on the contract.


Show your support of your negotiating team for a job well done: Lovella Flores, Janice Schell, Marisela Aguilar and Lori Riojas

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at 206-491-9424 or

Be sure to attend the contract ratification vote

Contract ratification vote:
October 28
5:30-8:30 p.m.

Show your support of your negotiating team for a job well done.

Your team is: Lovella Flores, Janice Schell, Marisela Aguilar and Lori Riojas

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3113.

Negotiation update and local unit meeting

Negotiations update

We had our fourth day of negotiations on August 21. Our next date is October 11. We’ve made proposals including wages, health insurance, WSNA membership and more. We’ve made disappointing progress and we need to meet with you, our members.

Local Unit Meeting

We are having a local unit meeting September 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the classroom at the hospital. This is a drop-in meeting. If you are working, please stop by before or after your shift. Our attorney, Lane Toensmeir, will be at this meeting to talk about the issues we are having and the impact that the Astria bankruptcy is having on these negotiations.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: the Classroom at Astria Sunnyside Hospital

ADO/Staffing Complaint Forms are now online. These are reviewed by your Staffing Committee. We encourage you to use the online version. Copies automatically go to the LU (Local Unit) Chair, the co-chairs on the staffing committee, which includes Cynthia Lewis. Please include your manager’s email information so a copy goes to them as well.

In solidarity!

Your negotiating team: Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3113.

Important updates:

Negotiations Update

The hospital cancelled our last two sessions for negotiations. The hospital’s attorney has not yet been approved by the bankruptcy court to conduct negotiations on behalf of the employer. We are scheduled for July 10 and are looking for more dates as we were assured this legal hurdle should be resolved.

Change in security hours

The hours of security at the hospital have been decreased. If you have had any issues due to the lack of security, please contact your nurse representative, Carmen Garrison, at or (206) 491-9424.

Termination of employment and vacation cash out

It has come to our attention that nurses are not getting their vacation pay cash out upon termination of employment at Astria Sunnyside. Article 10.3 of our contract requires the hospital to cash out your vacation leave balance upon termination. If you know of anyone who has given their notice to resign or retire from employment at Astria Sunnyside after Astria filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, please let your nurse representative know as soon as possible. You can contact Carmen Garrison at or by phone (206) 491-9424. We have filed an association grievance regarding this matter and want to include all affected nurses. WSNA will continue to enforce our contract!

ADOs are now available online

You can now fill out your ADO online. We have been waiting for a long time and the option is now here. This is the preferred method of completing an ADO. When you fill it out, a copy automatically goes to the Chair and Co-Chair, the Co-Chairs of the Staffing Committee, and your nurse rep from WSNA. Please include your manager’s email address so a copy will go directly to them as well. Follow this link Staffing Complaint Form/ADO or go to then click on "Staffing Complaint / ADO form".

Your Bargaining Team Members: Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or (206) 491-9424.

Astria files bankruptcy. What does it mean?

We know you have a lot of questions. WSNA is actively tracking and monitoring the situation. We are committed to our nurses and the patients we serve. Unfortunately, we have more questions than answers at the moment. WSNA is contacting the employer for additional information and will utilize all available resources to protect our members' rights.

Stay tuned for more information.

Questions? Please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or at 206-491-9424.

Day 2 negotiations update

We met with management on April 15. They responded to some of our proposals but they have yet to deliver an economic proposal. We reached agreements on a few items but our bargaining team needs to see the employer’s economic proposal.

Our next scheduled bargaining dates are May 23-24 and June 11.

Our negotiating team members are Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Cheryl Bofman and Janice Schell.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the team members.

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 rep and manager (if you designate).

You can find the online form at For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN at or at 206-491-9424.

Negotiation update: day one

We met with management for our first day of negotiations on March 7. Due to scheduling issues, Janice Schell was the only officer able to attend. Our original first meeting was cancelled due to snow.

We provided them with our proposals. We expect to get responses to our proposals at the next session. Our next dates are April 15, May 23 and May 24. We'll schedule a local unit meeting following the next session.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Janice Schell and/or your WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison,

Negotiations update and more


As many of you know, our contract expired Oct. 22, 2018. We have mutually agreed to an extension. What does that mean for you? It means that all sections of the current contract remain intact.

Our first day of negotiations is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. We are meeting at the Fire Department in Sunnyside.

Your negotiating team members are Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Elizabeth Martinez, Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell and Danika Wagenaar.

WSNA Lobby Day - Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


The goal of WSNA’s Lobby Day is to advance our legislative priorities that support nurses and patient safety. This event will include a morning briefing session to help participants get up-to-speed on key issues before the legislature. A few legislators will be invited to speak at this event, and WSNA’s Legislative & Health Policy Council will present the Association’s 2019 Legislative Priorities.

We are happy to offer 2.75 CNE contact hours this year! More information and registration links are here.

It is time to join together to hold Astria accountable to their promises to safely staff the hospitals

Astria Sisters and Brothers,

Astria nurses and staff are joining together to fight for better staffing language and market level wages that will enable Astria to fully staff its hospitals.

Join us in the fight!

Picket Party

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Shepherds Heart Church – 2 S. 10th Ave
Pizza and soda will be provided.

Informational Picket and Rally

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.
On Walnut between 8th and 9th Ave
Astria Regional Medical Center
Food will be provided so you can join us on your break or lunch!

If you have any questions, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or at 206-491-94224.

It’s time to prepare for negotiations

Thank you to everyone who has completed the surveys. Join us for a local unit meeting to talk about what your concerns are going into negotiations.

Local unit meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13
6-8 p.m.
Classroom (at the hospital)

Your negotiating team wants to hear from you! Join the fun and invite a co-worker.

Thank you,

Your Local Unit Officers:

Lovella Flores - Chair, Marisela Aguilar - Co-Chair, Lori Riojas - Secretary, Elizabeth Martinez -Treasurer, Cheryl Bofman - Grievance Officer, Janice Schell - Grievance Officer, Chris Patacini - Membership Chair

Were you being charged for your insurance premium?

If you are currently a full-time (0.9FTE) and are under the current employer insurance plan for employee only, you may have noticed since January you were being charged for your insurance premium. WSNA had several meetings with your employer and agreed on the language in a Letter of Understanding to reflect the intent of the current contract language. Full-time nurses who have been paying insurance premiums for themselves only will be reimbursed for the amount that has been taken out since Jan. 1. The cost for family and spouse actually went down as of Jan. 1 and is not affected by this LOU.

Please be sure to thank those who participated in the discussions with management regarding this issue: Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell, Elizabeth Martinez and Lovella Flores.

If you have any questions regarding the Letter of Understanding please feel free to contact Carmen Garrison at or any of the officers.

Your contract negotiations survey is now online!

The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires Oct. 22, 2018. This survey is our first step in our preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical to determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of the negotiations.

Take a moment to complete this survey now. The power of representation comes from the willingness of registered nurses to unite; our strength is in unity! Remember in order for WSNA to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the negotiation table, we need your membership and involvement. Please provide us with your current contact information. WSNA and your negotiating team members do not share this information with anyone. It is only collected so that we may contact you if we have questions and so we may share important information with you regarding current negotiations and issues.

Please have all surveys completed by Aug. 24, 2018.

Your voice will be heard, your input is valuable!

There is no strength, without UNITY! WE ARE ONE!

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.

Your new nurse representative

At our local unit meeting last week, I announced that Jayson Dick will be your new nurse representative as of June 1.

It has been a pleasure to be your nurse rep for the past 12 years. This was a very difficult decision to make and you will all have a special place in my heart. I’ve always had a good working relationship with you all and your current officers are very dedicated. I will truly miss working with you.

I will finish any business I am currently working on at Astria Sunnyside including insurance rates for full time employees, super users, subject matter experts letter of understandings and any current grievances filed by me. Moving forward, Jayson will be working closely with the officers and with you for this year's negotiations. He will also attend Nurse Practice/Conference Committee. Going forward, please direct your questions/concerns to him.

You are in very capable hands with WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick. You can contact him at or call/text his cell at (206) 858-2139.

Wishing you all the very best and thank you for working with me.


Carmen S. Garrison, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

Local Unit Meeting

Come join the fun and get your Nurses Week gift from WSNA.

When: May 23rd
Time: 17:00-20:00
Location: Classroom at Astria Sunnyside Hospital

We’re looking forward to hearing your issues and plans for negotiations

Upcoming Event

Union Leadership Summit
June 10-11, 2018
Campbell’s Resort
104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816
Networking social on Sunday, 6-8:30 p.m. and CNE on Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
more info

WSNA members can use local unit funds to attend. If you want to go to the summit in Chelan, you need to register soon.