We met with manage­ment for our 4th contract negoti­a­tion session on June 21. We continued to address issues around Safety, Staffing, and Support during that session. Nurses are showing a lot of interest in these contract negoti­a­tions – and we need your continued interest and support. We will be looking to you, WSNA repre­sented RNs, to help us get your messages to manage­ment as we work to get the best contract possible.

One of the issues we are addressing is adequate staffing related to meal and rest breaks. You are entitled to two 15-minute breaks in an 8‑hour shift and three 15-minute breaks in a 12-hour shift. Are you getting all of your 15 minute breaks? Let us know – email Sue O’Donnell Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive at sodonnell@wsna.org.

We had a great turnout at our Local Unit Meeting on June 12. Thanks to those who were able to attend. And thanks to the nurses who have contacted us with your questions and comments. We will be holding additional meetings as negoti­a­tions progress and will keep you informed of when and where these will happen.

Our next negoti­a­tion session is sched­uled for July 24 and additional sessions are sched­uled in July and August. We have a lot of work ahead of us. We will get a fair contract by standing together to promote the welfare of our patients and our profes­sional integrity. Ask your negoti­ating team members how you can support us in having our voices heard and getting that work done!

In solidarity!

Sue O’Donnell (WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive), Peter Moore (MPC), Rachel Yates (MPC), Jessica Knutzen (Float Pool), Alice Riddle (IV Therapy), Alyssa Stirpe (Stanwood), Liz Rainaud (FBC) and Randi Dykstra (Case Management)