This morning Astria Regional nurses, physi­cians and a former chaplain made impas­sioned pleas in U.S. Bankruptcy Court to delay the sudden closure of Regional. While the court allowed Regional to remain closed, the hearing gave us the oppor­tu­nity to raise our concerns and shed a light on the true impact of this decision on the Yakima Valley commu­nity. John Gallagher was on the stand to answer questions. We were heard — by the court, by the owners of Astria and by the media. Read what your colleagues had to say at the hearing in WSNA’s press release.

We can be proud of the stand we made and our advocacy for this commu­nity. As a result of our efforts the impact of Region­al’s closure is now perfectly clear and sets the stage for future action.

Rest assured that WSNA is fighting for fair compen­sa­tion for our members who lost their jobs with only a few days’ notice.

Maybe they could have rolled this out better, and there may be legal conse­quences. We will litigate that down the road.”

On a personal level, I’m troubled. This very clearly is bad for the commu­nity, and it’s painful for everyone in this room.”
 — Judge Whitman L. Holt

Effects Bargaining Begins Tomorrow #

Please support your negoti­a­tion team as we go into effects bargaining tomorrow. We will be keeping you as updated as possible. As a reminder, should we reach a tenta­tive agree­ment, we are looking for a very short turn around for a ratifi­ca­tion vote.

Rapid Response Meeting #

We have been notified that there will be a meeting Thursday the 16th in an effort to help nurses find employ­ment. The Washington State Labor Council will have repre­sen­ta­tives on site to help answer questions regarding unemploy­ment and worker retraining and assist you in plotting your best path forward.

Local health­care providers will have job place­ment oppor­tu­ni­ties at local health­care facil­i­ties. Repre­sen­ta­tives from other hospi­tals will be on site to discuss current openings.

Where: St. E’s audito­rium
When: Thursday, January 16
8 — 9 a.m.
9:30 — 10:30 a.m.
11 a.m. — noon
4 — 5:30 p.m.

There is a brief presen­ta­tion at the begin­ning of each session, so please plan to be a few minutes early and on time.

Astria combined

Images from the courtroom