On Friday, Jan. 31, WSNA filed a lawsuit in the US Bankruptcy Court in the Eastern District of Washington against Astria. The complaint alleges a violation of the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN Act) based on Astria’s failure to provide the statutorily required 60 days advanced notice of the closure of ARMC. The lawsuit seeks 60 days of wages and benefits for WSNA nurses. In addition, the lawsuit asserts violation of state law based on Astria’s failure to pay out accrued and unused PTO time upon termination of employment. See WSNA’s complaint .
Astria’s decision to close ARMC with no notice to nurses, staff or the community has created unnecessary suffering to all affected. We will continue to hold them accountable and seek fairness for WSNA nurses. Stay tuned for more information about ongoing litigation and developments from our negotiations with Astria regarding the effects of the closure of ARMC.
Jayson D Dick