In response to a pending class action lawsuit filed by a former employee, Evergreen­Health has claimed that WSNA has waived the nurses’ second thirty-minute unpaid meal period for those who work 12-hour shifts. Evergreen­Health is threat­ening to unilat­er­ally move our 12.5 hour shifts to 13 hours to accom­mo­date a second, unpaid meal period.” WSNA believes that any such unilat­eral change in nurses’ work sched­ules would consti­tute an unfair labor practice.

Under state law, all workers must receive a thirty-minute meal period for every 5 hours worked, so those who work 12-hour shifts must be afforded an additional thirty-minute meal period, unless the second meal period has been waived.

WSNA has informed Evergreen­Health that our collec­tive bargaining agree­ment does not contain any waiver of any meal period for the nurses. However, WSNA Senior Labor Consul­tant Chris­tine Watts has also advised the Employer that WSNA is prepared to engage in discus­sions with Evergreen­Health regarding the ability of nurses volun­tarily to waive meal periods on a prospec­tive basis.

For additional infor­ma­tion, contact your WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, Bret Percival RN at bpercival@wsna.org or 206 – 575-7979, ext 3063.