We are happy to announce that we have reached a tenta­tive agree­ment on a contract! Your bargaining team recom­mends this contract for ratification.


Wage Increases:

First paycheck following ratifi­ca­tion – 2%; 6/1/2019 – 2%; 6/1/2020 – 2%.

PVNA had argued that wage increases should be reduced in light of the wage steps in our contract. The bargaining team rejected this argument and achieved wage increases that are on par with increases won by nurses in other facil­i­ties around the state.

New Premiums/​Premium Increases:

(New) Preceptor premium – $1/​hour for time assigned to work as a preceptor of newly hired nurses.

Charge Nurse premium – Increase from $1.25/hour to $1.50/hour.

Work on day off – Increase the incen­tive for part time nurses from $25 to $35.
0.9 FTE nurses and up will continue to receive time and a half.

Educa­tion Allowance:

Increase from $225 per year to $250 per year.

Weekend back-up/On call:

The new contract elimi­nates the weekend back-up language.

The bargaining team proposed an increase to on call pay. While we were unable to achieve the increase, PVNA has informed us that they are exploring options to contract out this work so PVNA nurses will no longer have to be on call.

Equal Employ­ment Opportunity:

Added gender to the list of protected classifications.

Paid and Unpaid Leave:

PVNA proposed language that would have negatively affected our access to leaves of absence due to illness or injury. The bargaining team resisted these proposals and PVNA withdrew its proposals. There will be no changes to the leave language in the new contract. 

Your Negoti­a­tion Team: Donni Heidenson, Carolyn Chandler, Brenda Willoughby

Contract Ratifi­ca­tion Vote

Date: Aug. 16, 2018 

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Place: PVNA Lyons Library 

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


For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Debi Bessmer at dbessmer@wsna.org.