Grays Harbor Community Hospital

Local Unit News

Drop In Meetings  (6/16/2015)

In order to stay connected with the bargaining unit, your Local Unit Officers have decided to have DROP-IN meetings once a month.  These meetings would give each of you the opportunity to stop by to share your issues and concerns.  This will give WSNA the ability to hear directly from you what is going on in your particular units.  And, what can be done to fix the situation or at least be able to address the issue at the Nurse Practice Committee meetings.  Nurse Practice Committee meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday at 1:00pm.  

Your Local Unit Officers have decided to give out a prize if you stop by the Drop-In meetings and sign in.  It might be a coffee card or movie tickets.  So be sure to stop by and register your name in the drawing.

The Local Unit Officers are also implementing the Coffee Cart after the Drop-In meetings.  The Cart will be handing out coffee and a snack for your breaks.  If you are interested in helping out with the coffee cart, please let one of your Local Unit Officers know.  We can use your help with making this a success.  It really is a lot of fun.  Nurses and other staff members are always happy to see you.  There will be other WSNA giveaways on the cart, such as, WSNA pens, badge clips, hand sanitizers, and lights (particularly handy for the night shift).

The schedule for the Drop-In Time (is always the same) 4:00pm until 7:30pm with the Coffee Cart to follow.

Dates: June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, and September 21st.  Be sure to mark your calendars with the posted dates so you can have your concerns heard and don’t forget to sign in for a chance to win a prize.  Your Officers’ contact information is listed on your bulletin boards along with the above dates for our Drop-In meetings.  We are looking forward to seeing you on June 22nd between 4:00pm and 7:30pm.

Thanks for Attending  (3/26/2015)

Thanks to all who attended the Local Unit Meetings.  We learned a lot about what is happening on your nursing units.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the dates and times for more Drop-In Meetings.

This is your WSNA Unit.  
Come help make it what you want it to be.  
You are WSNA at Grays Harbor.
Your WSNA Executive Team

Local Unit Meetings Notice March 23rd and 24th  (3/11/2015)

Please plan on attending one of the Local Unit meetings scheduled for March 23rd from 5:00pm - 8:00pm in Meeting Room A or March 24th from 7:00am - 9:00am also in Meeting Room A.  We need to hear about how things are going on your units.  Are you being relieved for your 15 minute breaks and your 30 minute lunch?  If you are missing these, how often do you get your breaks and lunches?  Remember, WSNA is fighting for you in the legislature with our Uninterrupted Meal & Rest Breaks/Limit Mandatory Overtime Bill.  Plan on joining us even if you have only a few minutes to spare.

On Monday, March 23rd from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, we will be having a training session for our new Officers.  Margaret Conley, ARNP, WSNA Assistant Director of Labor will be here to teach this class.  The officers and anyone else who would like to join us are encouraged to attend and are most welcome.

DON’T FORGET, the Washington State Nurses Convention is being held April 22nd-24th at the Tulalip Convention Center in Tulalip, WA.  Your Local Unit is going to sponsor a few of the Local Bargaining Unit nurses’ registration fee and rooms to attend.  Think about it, there will be nationally known speakers talking on topics that are of interest to all nurses.

The WSNA Leadership Conference is again being held at Lake Chelan on September 28th-29th.  If you want to learn more about how to run a Local Unit, plan to attend this very worthwhile event.  There are always lots of things to do and see around the Chelan area if you plan to go early or stay a day or two after the conference. There will also be some help from the local unit with registration fee and rooms for this event.

Plan to attend one of the Local Unit meetings scheduled for either March 23rd or 24th.

See you there - Your Local Unit Officers

Local Unit Meeting  (10/9/2014)

Mark your calendars with the following dates: October 28, from 3:00pm until 5:30pm and then October 29, from 6:00am until 8:00am.  Please plan to attend one of the meetings to share your issues and concerns. 

Immediately following the October 28th Local Unit meeting, there will be a meeting with the Operating Room Nurses.  If you work in the surgical arena, plan to stay for this event as well.

Also, the WSNA Local Unit will be starting something new.  Watch for the Coffee Cart!   

Be sure to stay ahead of what is happening at WSNA.  Check out the website for details about the WSNA Convention in the Spring.  Also, don’t forget to Vote in the upcoming state elections, as in your local unit, it is of paramount importance that every voice be heard.  

October 28, 3:00pm to 5:30pm; October 29, 6:00am to 8:00am
Rooms to be announced. Refreshments will be served.

Call for Floating Committee Members  (5/1/2014)

Your new Contract includes a Memorandum of Understanding for a committee that will create a Pilot Project for Floating.

The Study Committee will operate as an ad hoc sub-committee to the Nurse Practice Committee.  Time spent in the Study Committee shall be considered time worked and nurse members will be made available for meetings.  We hope to have the first meeting of the Committee by mid-late May 2014.  

The Study Committee will comprise of up to six nurses designated by the Association and six managers, including the Chief Nurse Executive.  

If you are interested in being an active member of this Committee, please email Terri Williams, MS, RN; WSNA Nurse Representative at by May 12, 2014.

In Solidarity!
Your Local Unit Officers:  Troy Phillips, RN; Sherri Robinson, RN; Sara Stryker, RN;  Michelle Phillips, RN; Mandy Shumate, RN; Buddy Morgan, RN; Linda Hawks, RN; Lisha Schnoor, RN; Claudia Russell and Terri Williams, MS, RN; WSNA Nurse Representative

Congratulations Your Contract was Ratified!  (1/23/2014)

By an overwhelming margin, the nurses of Grays Harbor Community Hospital voted to ratify the contract which was diligently negotiated by your dedicated and thoughtful colleagues on the negotiation team. Stay tuned for when contracts will be distributed and available online. Your attorney, Laura Anderson and I would like to thank the negotiating team: Linda Hawks, Troy Phillips, Mandy Shumate, Michelle Phillips and Buddy Morgan for volunteering their time, hard work, and strong advocacy for all of the nurses at Grays Harbor, the patients and families you all serve, and your practice. If you haven’t already, please consider donating some of your PTO to the team members. For those who already have, we would like to thank you all for your generosity.

In Solidarity,
Mara Kieval, RN, BSN
WSNA Nurse Representative
206-276-2018 Ext 3051

Contract Vote January 20th  (1/2/2014)

After eight (8) days at the table including federal mediation, your negotiation team has worked diligently to ensure that they negotiated the very best tentative agreement for all of the nurses at Grays Harbor Community Hospital.  The team is recommending a YES VOTE on the contract.  Please plan on attending the vote where a contract summary of the contract changes and enhancements will be provided along with the actual “Redline” of the specific language changes.  
The Vote:
When:  Monday, January 20th, 2014
Time:   0600 – 0800  AND 1400 – 1600
Where: Grays Harbor Conference Room C

In Solidarity,
Mara Kieval, WSNA Nurse Representative
And Your Negotiating Team:  Troy Phillips, Michelle Phillips, Mandy Shumate, Buddy Morgan and Linda Hawks

Negotiation Update  (12/10/2013)

Get Ready for Action!

Our 7th negotiation session was held with a mediator on 12-6-13.  Your negotiations team is committed to fighting for a fair and respectful contract!   Numerous important issues remain on the table including the defined benefits program, health care benefits, fair wages, and safe floating procedures.  As we head into our 8th negotiation session and second mediation session on December 30th we are asking you all to stand up now to show your solidarity with your negotiations team.

A petition drive is beginning shortly with the purpose of encouraging the hospital to provide a fair contract.  Get on board by joining the list of volunteers and signing your name.

What can you do?

  1. “Button up”: Keep wearing your WSNA badge clip reels and buttons!
  2. New buttons will be arriving soon; “I am WSNA.”  Wear those too!
  3. Wear WSNA BLUE scrubs EVERY DAY!
  4. Sign the petition to the CEO to negotiate a fair contract for the RNs! (Your officers and negotiations team will have these soon for you to sign!)  

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team:
Troy Phillips, Mandy Shumate, Buddy Morgan, Michelle Phillips, Linda Hawks
Mara Kieval, WSNA Nurse Representative,, 206-575-7979, Ext 3051

More Car Signs Have Arrived!  (11/27/2013)

Your local unit officers delivered the additional car signs to all of your break rooms along with some delicious satsuma oranges.  Please stop in to take one (or however many you will use) and display them proudly in your car.  As you know, the negotiations team is meeting with management next on December 6th with a mediator, so now is the time to show your support and solidarity to the team as they continue to fight for a fair and just contract.  Continue to wear your WSNA buttons, badge clips, and blue scrubs! United we Bargain!  Divided we Beg!

Negotiation Update  (11/18/2013)

Thank you Nurses!

WSNA officers and negotiations team is so pleased that so many of you attended the Local Unit meetings on Wednesday.  Your enthusiasm and eagerness to take action to support the work of your negotiations team was incredible!  The signs of support you all took home with you went like hotcakes!  We have ordered an additional 250 signs that should be hitting your break-rooms within a week.  We will also be distributing more buttons and badge reels.  Over 300 of those were distributed!   Good job Nurses!!!  The team would also like to thank you all for considering a modest donation of your vacation time to help them as they go into the 7th negotiation session scheduled for December 6th with a federal mediator.  Keep “buttoning up” and show your WSNA pride and solidarity.  Remember, Tuesdays are “Bluesdays”.  Your team remains committed to making your voices heard at the table and representing your interests during these very difficult negotiations. Stay tuned…

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team::  Troy Phillips, Mandy Shumate, Buddy Morgan, Michelle Phillips, Linda Hawks
Mara Kieval, WSNA Nurse Representative;; 206-575-7979, Ext. 3051

Change of Location!  (11/7/2013)

Negotiations Update / Local Unit Meetings
Wednesday, November 13th

Your negotiations team needs to hear from you!  Please plan on attending one of the four meetings that WSNA will be holding to discuss the critical issues in this negotiations process.  

It is vitally important that we hear from you as we decide on the next steps to take in these difficult contract negotiations.  

WSNA will be providing you all with a FREE meal at each of the following times:
1300, 1530, 1730, & 1930
Ocean Palace Chinese Restaurant
112 E Wishkah St.

Again, we cannot stress enough how vitally crucial it is for you to attend one of the above meeting times.  Thank you all for your hard work and participation!

Negotiations Update/Local Unit Meetings  (10/31/2013)

Now is the time to show our solidarity as we enter into negotiations!

Negotiation Updates Wednesday November 13th

  • 1:30 – 2:30pm    Admin Conference Room – 1st Floor
  • 3:30 – 4:30pm    Admin Conference Room – 1st Floor
  • 6:00-8:00pm   Conference Room E – 1st floor (drop in before or after shift)

What can you do to show your support for your negotiation team?

  1. TUESDAY = BLUES DAY.  Wear WSNA Blue Colored Scrubs.
  2. Wear your WSNA buttons & badge clips with pride.
  3. Attend the meetings to find out what is happening.
  4. Consider donating some vacation time to the team members.          

Negotiations Update  (10/24/2013)

We persist in our fight for you and your priorities!

On October 22, 2013 your negotiating team met with hospital management for the 4th time. Your team spent more than 9 hours in their effort to reach agreement with management on a new contract.

Several Issues of great importance remain on the table including:

  • Management’s refusal to guarantee wage increases that will attract and retain top RN’s.
  • Management’s proposal to drastically increase health benefit costs and change retirement benefits.
  • Management’s insufficient response to nurse concerns about nurse and patient safety related to floating.
  • Difficulty in obtaining a solid commitment from management to encourage and consistently approve time off and pay for educational opportunities

The next scheduled meeting with hospital management is set for October 28th! Please wear any WSNA materials (buttons, badge holders, stickers, etc.) to show your support for a fair contract.

Negotiation Updates Wednesday November 13th

  • 1:30 - 2:30pm    Admin Conference Room – 1st Floor
  • 3:30 - 4:30pm    Admin Conference Room – 1st Floor
  • 6:00 - 8:00pm   Conference Room E – 1st floor (drop in before or after shift)

Thank You For Your Support!
Your Negotiating Team:  Troy Phillips - OR, Michelle Phillips – Med-Surg, Mandy Shumate – OR, Buddy Morgan – CCU, Linda Hawks – Med-Surg, Mara Kieval, WSNA Nurse Representative at 1-800-231-8482 ext. 3051 or

Negotiation Update  (9/17/2013)

Greetings Grays Harbor Nurses!

Thank you all so much for completing the online negotiation survey and providing your valuable input.  We heard you loud and clear that staffing, floating, and safe patient care are your top priorities.  That information was vital in the development and submittal of a comprehensive proposal that the WSNA negotiating team submitted at our first day of negotiations on 9-12-13. 

The next negotiation sessions are scheduled for 9-17, 10-10, and 10-22.  We want to make sure that you receive prompt updates on the negotiation process and believe that email is the most cost effective and timely manner to communicate, therefore we will not be mailing out postcards after each negotiation session.  

We will continue to update you as information becomes available.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Team: Troy Phillips, Mandy Shumate, Buddy Morgan, Michelle Phillips, Linda Hawks Alternate Members; Sherri Robinson, Cla

Your Input is Needed for Negotiations  (8/15/2013)

It is time for WSNA and the negotiations team to hear from you on what issues you would like to be addressed.  Please take just a few moments to answer just a few questions on our online survey to help us better understand what is important to you.  The team uses the information that you provide as a guide in representing your priorities at the negotiation table.  

To take the survey, click here.

Your negotiation team appreciates you taking the time to complete this very brief survey.  

***The team will be primarily using email to communicate with you all, so be sure to update your current home email address on the survey. ***

Local Unit Meeting  (8/12/2013)

Let WSNA Newly Elected Officers Provide you with Dinner!

Come join your newly elected WSNA Local Unit Officers for a drop-in meeting on Tuesday, August 13th from 1830 until 2000 in Conference Room E.

WSNA needs to hear from you about any concerns or issues you have and your priorities as we begin to negotiate our contract.

We look forward to seeing you all!

WSNA Officer Election Results Are In!  (7/31/2013)

Your newly elected WSNA officers are as follows:

Troy Phillips            
Sherri Robinson

Sara Stryker

Grievance Officers
Linda Hawks    
Liz Miller    
Buddy Morgan    
Michelle Phillips
Claudia Russell    
Lisha Beraldi Schnoor    
Mandy Shumate

Thank you all for participating in the nomination and elections process.  Our unity and strength depend on all of us working together.

Save The Date:  Local Unit Dinner to Meet the Officers and prepare for negotiations on August 13, 2013 @ 1800 (Location to be determined).  Watch your email and mailbox for additional information.  If you do not currently receive email from WSNA, please contact the Membership Department at the WSNA to update your information at 206-575-7979.

In Solidarity,
Mara Kieval RN, BSN, WSNA Nurse Representative

Local Unit Officer Nominations  (5/23/2013)

It is time for the Local Unit Officer Nominations!
This will be up for 2 weeks.  It is important to select your representatives now.

You will be receiving the form below in the mail next week to be filled out and returned no later than June 13, 2013.


Local Unit Officer Nomination Form

Write in candidates are permitted with the agreement of the nominee.  Self- nomination is encouraged.  Any nominee must be a member of WSNA in good standing.



Grievance Officer     

Grievance Officer     

Please fill in the names of nurses selected no later than June 13, 2013.

You can also email your nomination to your Nurse Representative, Mara Kieval @

or mail to: 575 Andover Park West, Suite #101 Seattle, WA 98188

Asking For Your Help  (4/2/2013)

Hello fellow nurses,

The officers would like to humbly request your consideration to assist one of your colleagues in need.  Anne Dean is a nurse in the Birth Center and is expecting a son, William Robert on April 20, 2013.  Due to some pre-term complications which put baby William at risk, Anne had to take time off of work and has utilized all of her PTO.  Prematurely returning to work out of financial insecurity is a stress we can assist our sister in relieving.  If each one of us could donate just a couple of PTO hours to Anne and baby William, we could make a very real difference in their immediate future.  We are very grateful for your consideration in making this much needed donation to a very special family.  Please contact HR or payroll to help today.

Most gratefully,

Your WSNA Officers

Retirement Benefits  (11/14/2012)

Given the limited time we have had to review the incomplete information that we requested from Gray’s Harbor, we have decided not to open the contract and vote on the proposed changes to the retirement benefits at this time.  If you have any questions, please contact your Local Unit Officers or your Nurse Representative Mara Kieval at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3051.
We will be holding a Local Unit Meeting in the next few weeks, stay tuned for dates and times.  Thank you.

February 2012 Newsletter  (2/2/2012)

Your February 2012 Newsletter is online, click here.

New Contract!  (11/5/2010)

The vote was overwhelmingly positive, and many of you voted, which demonstrated great participation and helped support your Negotiating Team.

Thank you all!

We will soon be getting the new contracts signed, then look for new contract discs. The new contract will be put on-line at These things take a little time, but will probably be accomplished before the New Year. Great thanks and praise to your team — keep in touch, everyone!

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