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It’s time to elect WSNA Local Unit Officers to represent RNs at Virginia Mason. The elected positions are Chairperson, Co-chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer, Grievance officers (multiple). The Secretary and Treasurer may be combined and held by one person.
Chair: The Local Unit Chair coordinates the local unit. They are responsible for ensuring the goals are met and accomplishing the business of the local unit. The goals work to keep members informed and involved, uphold the Local Unit Rules, and ensure committees are functional and accountable. The Chair runs local unit meetings.
Vice- Chair: The Local Unit Vice- Chair works closely with the Chair and helps meet the goals of the Local Unit and Members. The Vice- Chair runs local unit meetings when the Chair is unavailable and assists with committee functions. The Vice- Chair would assume the role as Chair in the absence or vacancy of Chair position.
Secretary: The Local Unit Secretary maintains all records and minutes of the Local Unit.
Treasurer: The Local Unit Treasurer keeps an itemized account of all the receipts and disbursements pertaining to local unit funds and reports to the Officers on the status of the dues.
Grievance Officer: The Local Unit Grievance Officer oversees contract enforcement through the use of the grievance procedure found in the contract, and by doing so, advocates for all the nurses.
Self-nominations are strongly encouraged! All those nominated and are interested in running are required to complete a“consent to serve” form in order to be listed on the voting ballots. Those who self-nominate do not have to complete the form.
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.