Skagit Regional Health

Local Unit News

Local Unit - Negotiations Alert!  (9/12/2014)

Management cancelled negotiations again!
 
Watch for our notifications announcing upcoming Local Unit Meetings.
Then come to the Local Unit meetings to learn what has and hasn’t happened and what we all need to do to try to get
management to Stop Asking Nurses To Sacrifice and agree to “A Fair Contract Now”
 
 Remember: Wear your WSNA buttons every day and the color Blue on Fridays!
 
Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team: Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep bfriesen@wsna.org / 1-800-231-8482, ext.3056

Local Unit – Negotiations Alert!  (8/13/2014)

Day 10 of negotiations completed.

  • Management is working on a proposal regarding layoff language with the plan to have it ready to present at our next session.

Next session: September 11, 2014

Stay tuned to learn how you can get involved!
Wear your WSNA buttons and the color Blue on Fridays.

Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team
; Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep:  bfriesen@wsna.org  800-231-8482 ext.3056

Local Unit – Negotiations Alert!  (8/6/2014)

Day 9 of negotiations completed.

  • We gave management a comprehensive proposal regarding Layoff and Restructure language that attempts to meet the needs of all.
  • Management continues to maintain their position.

Next session: August 12, 2014

Stay tuned to learn how you can get involved!
Wear your WSNA buttons and the color Blue on Fridays.

Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team: Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud,
Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
WSNA Nurse Rep Barbara Friesen - bfriesen@wsna.org, 800-231-8482, ext.3056

Local Unit – Negotiations Alert!  (7/10/2014)

Back–to-Back Days 7 and 8 of negotiations completed.

  • We reached a Tentative Agreement on crediting newly hired nurses for previous experience.
  • We also spent a great deal of time on Restructure and Layoff language. These are important issues about our ability to exercise our choices and our seniority!

Next session: July 31, 2014

Stay tuned! Wear your WSNA buttons and the color Blue on Fridays.

Together Everyone Achieves More
 
Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team: Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep bfriesen@wsna.org 800-231-8482, ext.3056

Where are we at in Negotiations? The rest of the story….  (7/1/2014)

Wages: Management has provided information to you of what they have offered in wages. What they did not report is those wages are tied to takeaways from your current contract, some of which includes:

  • Reducing the Pay in Lieu of Benefits by 5% that would result in a decrease in pay for many nurses, including all Per Diems.
  • New Restructure language that would reduce the power of our seniority.
  • Removing our clinical groups.
  • Providing management the ability to change our length of shift.
  • Changing our Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) form.
  • Changing their commitment of proper staffing to ensure rest and meal breaks.
  • Pay for performance – The $400 bonus is tied to SRH meeting federal CMS Value Based Purchasing requirements. However…Nurses currently meet the requirements and always provide our patients our best care; Some of the measurements nurses have no control over; We believe we should be fairly compensated, without ties.

A good proposal management is taking credit for is equal pay for all nurses, clinic, hospice, or hospital. We fought hard for this during the last contract negotiations and are pleased management now agrees it is the right thing to do.

What does my negotiating team do for me?

  • The negotiating team members are volunteer positions.
  • We are elected by the membership, or may be appointed to fill empty positions for midterm vacancies, until the next election for local unit officers: We attend committee meetings monthly; We file and process grievances on your behalf; We offer support for contract enforcement to ensure no violations of the collective bargaining agreement are happening.
  • We do not expect payment for services provided. We do this work because of our love for nurses and our profession.
  • Your negotiating team, as in past negotiations, has proposed to SRH a provision to allow nurses to voluntarily donate annual leave time to help defray work time hours lost while serving you at the negotiating table.

How can I support the negotiating team?

  • Attend and participate at Local Unit meetings
  • Read your postcards and emails.
  • Ask questions of your local unit rep or officers (their names are posted on the WSNA website and the board behind Whidbey Coffee)
  • Share with the Local Unit Officers - you are the eyes and ears that enable the local unit officers to be your voice.
  • Get more involved, consider running for local unit election, or become a unit representative.
  • Consider donations to help offset loss of work hours for the negotiating team during their representation of our collective concerns at the bargaining table with management.

What do my dues do for me?
Below lists some of the places your dues go. However, we urge you to go to the WSNA website to see the numerous ways your dues are being used to advance and protect our practice and nurses.

  • Contract negotiations and enforcement. Including processing and representation of nurses and/or workplace issues in grievances, arbitrations, and lawsuits.
  • 4% of our dues come back to our local unit to help finance education, cafeteria time, coffee carts, Nurses’ week, picnics, and fellowship.
  • A small portion goes to the ANA since through our WSNA membership we are ANA members.
  • Another small portion goes to support the National Federation of Nurses (NFN), and to the AFT, our newest partner that we also are members of.
  • Production and distribution of the quarterly magazine The Washington Nurse.
  • Active involvement in Laws and Regulations for the advancement of nursing as well as protecting our practice.
  • Nursing Education via online CEs that are free to members, workshops, lectures, and webinars.

Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team: Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep bfriesen@wsna.org 800-231-8482 ext.3056

Local Unit Negotiations Alert  (5/29/2014)

Day 6 of negotiations completed.

The topics of the day were a few of management’s takeaway proposals including:

  • Reducing nurse’s options during a layoff (restructure).
  • Changing the definition of the normal workday and the innovative shift.
  • Issues around Staffing.

And, we still have not been able to reach an agreement with management that will allow nurses to donate their own annual leave to the negotiating team!

Next session: TBA

Stay Tuned! Wear your WSNA Buttons and the Color Blue on Fridays.

Together Everyone Achieves More

Your WSNA/Skagit Regional Health Negotiating Team: Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Hanna Welander, Nurse Rep hwelander@wsna.org 800-231-8482, ext. 3035
Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep bfriesen@wsna.org 800-231-8482 ext.3056

Local Unit Negotiations Alert  (5/23/2014)

Day 5 of negotiations completed: More proposals exchanged. Comprehensive proposal expected next session.

Next negotiation date is May 28, 2014.

Remember Upcoming Local Unit Meetings:
Date: May 27, 2014
Times: 1300-1430 and 1530-1700
Place: San Juan Rooms A&B

Stay tuned! Wear your WSNA buttons and the color Blue on Fridays.

Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team:
John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Hanna Welander, Nurse Rep / hwelander@wsna.org / 800-231-8482, ext. 3035

Local Unit – Negotiations Alert!  (5/20/2014)

Day 4 of negotiations completed: We are still working through the proposals to understand them and the rationale behind them.

Next negotiation date is May 22, 2014.

Upcoming Local Unit Meetings:
Date: May 27, 2014
Times: 1300-1430 and 1530-1700
Place: San Juan Rooms A&B


Stay tuned! Wear your WSNA buttons and the color Blue on Fridays.

Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team: John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Hanna Welander, Nurse Rep / hwelander@wsna.org / 800-231-8482, ext. 3035

Local Unit Negotiations Alert  (5/12/2014)

Day 3 of negotiations completed: We have received management’s proposal.
 
We are still working through the proposals to understand them and the rationale behind them.
 
Next negotiation date is this Friday, May 16, 2014.
 
Stay tuned!  Wear your WSNA buttons and the color Blue on Fridays.
 
Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team:
John Tweedy, Liz Rainaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson  

Hanna Welander, Nurse Rep
hwelander@wsna.org
800-231-8482, ext. 3035

Negotiation Session #2 Update  (4/24/2014)

We met for our second negotiation session.  We have received a few of proposals from hospital administration and the team is working hard on them.  We are still waiting for their economic proposal and hope to have their entire proposal by our third session.
 
Date of third session:  May 9, 2014
 
Don’t forget!  Wear your WSNA buttons and Blue on Fridays to support your negotiating team!
 
In Solidarity from your Negotiating Team:
Stephene Swift, John Tweedy, Linda Warman, Tami Hoeft, Julie Forkan, Liz Rainaud, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Coral Martinson, and Doug Robinson

Negotiation Update  (4/9/2014)

Negotiations began on April 8, 2014, between the hospital and WSNA. We presented our initial proposal that your Negotiating Team and WSNA staff created as a result of your survey answers.  We hope that in the next few sessions we will get responses from management as well as their proposals.
 
The next session is on April 16, 2014.  

To support your team wear Blue on Fridays.
 
The next Cafeteria Time is scheduled for, April 22, 2014, 11:30am -3:00pm.  
Stop by to say “Hi” and pick up your WSNA buttons, so all of you can “button up”!

Local Unit Contract Negotiations  (4/7/2014)

Contract negotiations are scheduled to begin next Tuesday, April 8, 2014.

The dates we currently have scheduled are:

  • April 8, 2014
  • April 16, 2014
  • May 9, 2014
  • May 16, 2014
  • May 22, 2014
  • May 28, 2014

 
Your negotiation team members are:
Stephene Swift
John Tweedy
Julie Forkan
Linda Warman
Liz Raynaud
David Hari
Julia Weinberg
Coral Martinson
Doug Robinson
 

Watch for updates including Local Unit Meetings, and Action Alerts, informing you what you can do to assist in negotiating a FAIR CONTRACT!

Your WSNA/SVH Negotiating Team; John Tweedy, Liz Raynaud, Julie Forkan, Linda Warman, Coral Martinson, David Hari, Julia Weinberg, Doug Robinson
Hanna Welander, Nurse Rep  hwelander@wsna.org  800-231-8482 ext. 3035

Announcing New Treasurer.. and Free CE Event  (2/14/2014)

Announcing New WSNA Local Unit Officer: Treasurer

Please help us welcome Tami Hoeft as the newly appointed WSNA Treasurer.  Tami works in CCU.
Warm thanks to Mae Nayan for her service as outgoing Treasurer!

Hold the Date!  
Social Media Class, March 11, 2014, 1:30-2:30PM and 4:00-5:00PM


Your Local Unit Officers invite you to attend a free event with 1.0 contact hours, “Social Media:  Is your job in peril over your next Facebook status update?  Your employer is watching!” presented by Nurse Rep Hanna Welander.  Location:  Cascade Conference Room.  

Local Unit Meetings will be held 30 minutes immediately before and after the classes, so from 1:00-1:30PM, 2:30-3:00PM, 3:30-4:00PM, and 5:00-5:30PM.  Hope to see you there!  

Washington State Nurses Association CNEPP (OH-231, 9/1/2015) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

It’s Time to Give Your Input for the Negotiation Survey 2014  (2/4/2014)

The current contract between WSNA and Skagit Regional Health expires May 31, 2014.  This survey is our first step in our preparation for contract negotiations.  Your input is critical to determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of the negotiations.

Take a moment to complete this survey now, click here. The power of representation comes from the willingness of Registered Nurses to unite.  Our strength is in unity! Remember in order for WSNA to be an effective, strong, and influential voice for you at the negotiation table, we need your membership and involvement.

Changing of the WSNA Nurse Reps  (12/17/2013)

Please join me in welcoming Hanna Welander as your new WSNA Nurse Representative!
 
Hanna has been a WSNA Nurse Rep for the past 9 years.  She has previously represented the Hospitals and Health Districts in the Northwest Washington region.  Hanna is a knowledgeable professional that I enjoy working with and am sure you will appreciate too.  She can be contacted at:
 
Hanna Welander, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
(206) 575-7979/(800) 231-8482, Ext. 3035
hwelander@wsna.org
Fax: (206) 575-1908
 
I have enjoyed working with all of you and know you will be in good hands!

Sincerely,
Barbara Friesen, BSN, RN

Founded in 1908, WSNA is the professional organization representing more than 16,000 registered nurses in Washington State. WSNA effectively advocates for the improvement of health standards and availability of quality health care for all people; promotes high standards for the nursing profession; and advances the professional and economic development of nurses.

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