WSNA is continuing the fight for justice for nurses affected by the closure of ARMC. We are working at both the bargaining table and in the courts to achieve a fair outcome for ARMC nurses.
At the bargaining table, your negotiation team recently delivered a proposal to bargain the effects of Astria’s decision to close the facility. The employer responded with a wholly inadequate proposal requiring only that Astria pay a portion of PTO time accumulated by nurses who are no longer working for Astria. The employer’s proposal did not address our position that nurses are entitled to severance and lost wages in addition to PTO payouts. In exchange, Astria has demanded that WSNA support the employer’s plan to dissolve our collective bargaining agreement and waive all claims against Astria. WSNA has rejected this proposal.
WSNA has brought a number of federal and state claims against Astria. Astria has filed a motion to dismiss our claims. This motion will be heard by the Bankruptcy Court next week and we expect a decision shortly thereafter. We are confident that the Court will allow our claims to proceed.
Please contact your nurse representative for any questions or concerns.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jayson Dick at 206 – 858-2139.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.