We are hearing a lot of good questions from nurses about what is happening in negoti­a­tions and we are excited that so many of you are inter­ested in what is going on at the bargaining table. 

One of the things that we want you to know is that the work we do in negoti­a­tions is different than a fast-paced shift on the floor or in a clinic. Work at the bargaining table is often times slow and method­ical. Conse­quently, we may not have a lot of new news” after each session. 

We are working hard right now to fight off proposals from manage­ment that will not benefit Skagit RNs. These include management’s continued push to be able to reopen the contract and renego­tiate our health­care and retire­ment benefits. Think renego­tiate = reduce! And at our latest session, manage­ment proposed tying an even greater percentage of wages to desig­nated quality metric bench­marks.” We are not fooled by any sugges­tion that this is good for nurses. 

We need a guarantee of adequate staffing, a safe patient care environ­ment and appro­priate support in order to be able to deliver quality patient care. Along with fighting off management’s repug­nant proposals, we continue to push our agenda for safe staffing during these negotiations. 

We are working hard on the behalf of all WSNA repre­sented Skagit nurses. Right now, Skagit nurses need to stay informed, involved and visible as we work for a fair contract. We need to send the message to manage­ment that we are united and that we will fight to maintain our benefits and to get a fair contract now! Under­stand that we will get the best contract if a majority of Skagit RNs show support for the WSNA contract bargaining team. There are many ways to show your support. Keep reading to find out how! 

July 30 – our next negoti­a­tion session Stop by Skagit cafeteria on July 30 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to talk with WSNA Organizer Ione Fullerton. 

Aug. 2 – a local unit meeting Drop-in from 5 to 8 p.m., Sahale Room, Skagit Hospital. Attend to get updates from the July 30 negoti­a­tion session, have your questions answered, learn more about your contract benefits, find out how to get more involved and get tips on how to use the Nurse Staffing Concern forms to affect change. 

Speaking of staffing… mark your calendar for a free CE event!

Aug. 15 — WSNA Execu­tive Director Sally Watkins will give a presen­ta­tion on the new state staffing law.
This event includes 2 CEUs and a free dinner.

All Skagit RNs in the bargaining unit who are inter­ested in learning more about improving our staffing concerns should attend. If we don’t under­stand the law, and our rights around the law, how can we stand up for ourselves and make things better? 

When: 5 – 8 p.m. (dinner at 5:30, presen­ta­tion begins at 6)
Where: Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn and Conven­tion Center
2300 Market St, Mt Vernon, WA 98273 

Seating is limited, so RSVP today by contacting WSNA Nurse Organizer Sydney James at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3004 or at SJames@wsna.org.

In solidarity,

Your WSNA RN negoti­a­tion team; 

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

For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sue O’Don­nell at sodonnell@wsna.org.