We held our third session with our PERC mediator on Thursday, March 8 and we are encour­aged that we are seeing some forward movement.

Manage­ment has indicated willing­ness to move off of health care and retire­ment reopeners as part of a package proposal. We are encour­aged by this movement, and that manage­ment is finally hearing that Skagit nurses expect their health and retire­ment benefits to be secure during the life of this contract. We are also making some progress on wages, and we continue to push hard for retroac­tive pay.

We also continue to work on safe staffing language and layoff proposals and expect to have signif­i­cant discus­sions over these issues during our next session on March 22.

We will keep you advised of our progress follow­ings the next session.

Together in unity,

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 Dunlap at sdunlap@wsna.org for any questions.