Call to action – step up and be seen: #
Plan now to attend the Board of Directors meeting this Friday, Oct. 26 at 7:50 a.m. in the Sahale Room at the hospital. We want a show of nurses. The Board needs to see that management is still not taking our proposals and demands seriously.
7 – 9 a.m.: Drop-in Q&A in the cafeteria with members of the negotiation team before or after the show of support at the board meeting.
View the event flyer here.
Negotiation update: Our ninth negotiating session took place on Thursday, Oct. 18. #
We have reached tentative agreements on enhanced sick leave use, charge nurse premium increases and education premiums. But we are still apart on safe staffing, retirement and insurance, wages and layoff language.
Management continues to resist our proposals on safe staffing, breaks and our need to know what health care and retirement benefits to expect over the life of this contract. They are still proposing to condition some of our wage increases on metric scores.
In response to our staffing and break concerns, management is bringing proposed solutions that they want to implement without meaningful nurse input. They are not including us in these decisions. These are issues that should be addressed by exchanging proposals at the table, not by bringing processes management is trying without our meaningful input.
Along with safe staffing and breaks, we have other substantive issues on the table. Management wants to drastically reduce our rights in the event of a layoff. Over the past several years, approximately one dozen departments have been affected by layoff and restructure. Layoff is real. Limiting our options is not what we as nurses want.
Tell management that we, your negotiating team, are here to bargain a contract now. We were at the table in 2017 and agreed to a one year contract in part because management didn’t have a proposal for us regarding healthcare and retirement benefits. They are telling us they still can’t give us these. They have had more than a year to get this together. They need to bring these items to the table and bargain them now. We are interested in bargaining a fair, comprehensive contract now.
Our next negotiating session is scheduled for Oct. 30. Watch for further actions to come.
Your WSNA Negotiation Team: Peter Moore (MPC), Alyssa Stirpe (Stanwood), Randi Dykstra (Case Management), Rachel Yates (MPC), Liz Rainaud (FBC), Alice Riddle (IV Therapy) and Jessica Knutzen (Float Pool)
Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sue O’Donnell at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions.