Skagit Regional Health

Local Unit News

We have a Tentative Agreement! Come and Vote Mar 17th!  (3/2/2015)

We have a Tentative Agreement!

  • Modest wage increases.
  • Contract summary to follow next week.

Ratification Vote: Tuesday, March 17, 2015.

Come to one of the times listed below to cast your ballot. A summary, a red-line of the contract, your negotiating team, and the WSNA negotiating attorney will be available at the vote.
 
Date: March 17, 2015
Time: 0730 – 0900
Place: Sauk Room

Date: March 17, 2015
Time: 1400 - 1800
Place: San Juan A&B Room

 
                  
Must be present and a member in good standing to be eligible to vote.

Your negotiating team worked hard to get you a fair contract!
Please consider donations of Annual Leave or Cash for your Negotiating Team who volunteered hundreds of hours of their time! Give your donations to one of the negotiating team members listed below, mail it to WSNA, or bring it to the ratification vote. Make checks payable to WSNA and write Skagit Negotiating Team on the memo line. You can get an Annual Leave donation form from any of the negotiating team members, and forms will also be available at the vote.

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, Sue O’Donnell, Nurse Rep sodonnell@wsna.org 800-231-8482 ext 3045

!! Successful Action – Thank You – Successful Action !!  (2/26/2015)

Thank you to everyone who attended the “Show of Solidarity.”  It was very helpful, energizing and fun!  We completed our 18th session of negotiations and are scheduled to meet again this Sunday, March 1, 2015.

See the Skagit Newspaper article

Stay Tuned!

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
Sue O’Donnell, Nurse Rep, sodonnell@wsna.org, 800-231-8482, ext. 3045

Action Alert! Show of Solidarity  (2/20/2015)

Now is the time to take action and show your support!
 
Come to:
 
1860 S. Burlington Blvd, Burlington, WA  98233
 
February 25, 2015
 
From 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

 
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
Sue O’Donnell, Nurse Rep, sodonnell@wsna.org 800-231-8482, ext. 3045

Action Alert - Local Unit Meetings  (2/12/2015)

Thank you to everyone who attended the last series of Local Unit meetings. It was very helpful to hear your thoughts, concerns, and ideas. We have taken your feedback into consideration in planning our next steps. Our 18th session of negotiations is scheduled for February 25, 2015.

YOUR NEGOTIATING TEAM HEARD YOU AND NEEDS YOUR HELP!


Please drop in to one of the local unit meetings.  

Date: February 19, 2015
Time: 0730 – 0900
Place: Omak Room

Date: February 19, 2015
Time: 1200 – 1400
Place: Sauk Room

Date: February 19, 2015
Time: 1800 – 2000
Place: Shuksan Room
 
Your negotiating team cannot be successful without you.
Their strength comes from all of us standing together with them.


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
Sue O’Donnell, Nurse Rep sodonnell@wsna.org 800-231-8482, ext. 3045

Negotiation Update  (2/10/2015)

Your WSNA Negotiation Team last met with SRH management on Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015.

Recently, SRH management sent out a negotiations “update.”

BUT….. Here’s what you REALLY need to know….

WAGES:  The wages for RNs at SRH have seriously lagged behind those of nurses working at nearby WSNA Hospitals for some time now.  During the last negotiations with WSNA in 2011, Management insisted on slashing the wages of the Clinic nurses.  We told Management that a big wage reduction a bad idea and that it would drive quality nurses away from SRH and hinder SRH’s ability to hire good nurses.  Management refused to listen, and Clinic nurses began to earn MUCH less than WSNA-represented nurses at nearby facilities.  We believed then, and we believe now, that this is a misguided approach to cost-savings.

WSNA has been proposing that SRH increase wages since day one of bargaining to correct the competitive wage disadvantage that Management has insisted upon.  Management relented to WSNA’s pressure a bit by increasing wages in December, 2014, as negotiations dragged on.  Even with this wage increase, the nursing wages at SRH still lag behind the market.  For example, the vast majority of WSNA nurses at United General, currently earn 5%-7% more than acute care nurses at SRH, even with the December wage increase.

WSNA’s latest proposal:      
5%
wage increase over pre-December, 2014 wages, plus existing step increases (effective retroactively June 1, 2014 – the expiration date of the current contract)
    
2.75% wage increase, plus existing step increases (effective June 1, 2015)

2.25% wage increase, plus existing step increases (effective June 1, 2016)

Clinic Nurses:  would be brought up to the acute care wage scale by June 1, 2015 and receive the same raises as acute care nurses thereafter

Our modest proposal would help to lessen, not eliminate, the competitive wage disadvantage that SRH now faces.  Our proposal ensures that nurses get a wage increase effective for the period from when the contract expired on June 1, 2014.  Management is proposing no effective across-the-board wage increase for the time since the contract expired in June and when the December “4%” wage increase went into effect.  By delaying the wage increase for 6 months, nurses only got the value of a 2% wage increase for that year.  When St. Joseph’s Bellingham and United General Hospital recently settled their contracts after their expiration dates, Hospital leadership did the right thing and agreed to retroactive wage increases.  SRH Management thinks differently and wants to take financial advantage of prolonged negotiations.

Management is even going one bold step further and proposing to condition some of the nurses’ future wage increases on the Hospital meeting certain goals relating to: whether patients would recommend the Hospital; communication with nurses; responsiveness of hospital staff; and pain management.  If the Hospital doesn’t meet these goals, nurses will not get their full potential wage increases. We can only assume that Management believes that SRH nurses have all the tools and staffing support for the Hospital to meet these goals, though one has to question how nursing can be held responsible for the responsiveness of other staff.  Meanwhile, nurses tell us about staffing problems at SRH; and Management refuses agree to substantive, meaningful approaches to staffing problems.  Management fails to recognize that nurses are professionally driven and, that given the proper tools and support, provide exemplary care.  Area WSNA hospitals understand this and do not hold its nurses’ compensation hostage as part of a misguided pay practice.  They guarantee full wage increases for the life of their contracts all the while facing similar Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement constraints as SRH.  We fear that Management’s dangerous new approach to compensation will give SRH nurses yet another reason to look elsewhere for employment where they can earn a better wage and count on guaranteed wage increases that are higher than what Management is proposing.

PER DIEM PREMIUM AND PREMIUM IN LIEU OF BENEFITS:  Management continues to propose to cut the Per Diem premium and the premium in lieu of benefits.  Currently, the premiums are 15%.  Management is proposing to cut the premiums to 12%.  All of the WSNA area hospitals pay their per diems a 15% premium.  Moreover, Management made a completely new demand concerning per diem nurses on the 17th day of negotiations.  To receive an entirely new demand so late in negotiations and during mediation is unusual and causes us to question Management’s good faith commitment to reaching an agreement.  Management is now demanding that per diems not have the same flexibility they currently have regarding which days they are available to work.  While we understand that individual nurses may have different points of view as to whether a per diem position is preferable to a FTE position with benefits, a couple of things are certain.  Management’s proposal to slash per diem wages to below-market rates and to require per diem nurses to be available to work days that Management identifies will make per diem positions much less attractive to current and prospective nurses who will look elsewhere for higher pay and more flexibility.  The result is that SRH risks losing a valuable resource and compounding its staffing problems.  Moreover, we believe that Management’s proposal will make it cheaper for them to rely on per diem nurses rather FTE nurses with benefits and will encourage more skeletal staffing practices.

Layoff, Restructure and Work Days.  During the course of negotiations, Management also proposed that a 6-hour shift be considered a “normal” shift and that Management be allowed to change the start and end time of a nurse’s shift without the nurse’s consent. Management also proposed drastic changes to the layoff procedure which limit nurses’ options in the event of a layoff.  We have fought off Management’s proposals regarding 6-hour shifts and changing start and end times, but Management is still proposing to reduce nurses’ options during a layoff.  Moreover, Management has recently demanded that it be able to offer any nurse that it chooses to work an 8-hour, 10-hour or 12-hour shift without posting the position and letting other nurses have a chance to apply for the position.  We think that this is unfair to all nurses.

RETIREMENT AND HEALTH INSURANCE:  Despite what you may infer from Management’s last update, Management is STILL proposing that it be permitted to try to reduce your retirement match during the life of the agreement, if it so desires.  Management has rejected our proposal to preserve health and retirement benefits.

STAFFING:  We can only assume that, rather than meaningfully engaging WSNA on substantive staffing and resource solutions, Management believes that the solution to improving CMS benchmark scores is to have nurses work harder so that they can realize the full value of a potential wage increase without a corresponding commitment by Management to ensure that nurses have the proper staffing and resources to provide excellent care.  We believe there is a better approach and have proposed staffing language so that the level of care can be improved.

Here is WSNA’s latest proposal on staffing:

Staffing.  The parties agree to cooperate in an effort to insure an appropriate relationship between patient care needs and staffing levels.  Quality of care and the safety of all patients and of all nurses are of paramount concern to the Hospital.  Standards established by the accrediting body shall be considered relevant criteria for determining appropriate staffing levels.  Each unit in the Hospital’s facilities shall maintain staffing levels that ensure safe patient care and the health and safety of nurses, including staffing that enables nurses to take meal and rest breaks.  To that end, the Employer shall maintain, at a minimum, the [current] staffing levels set forth in Appendix X.”

Management’s response to this common-sense proposal is “NO.”

How does Management expect nurses to help them meet their goals when they refuse to agree to staff so that nurses provide safe patient care and receive meal and rest breaks?  They can’t even bring themselves to commit to, at a minimum, the current staffing levels.  So the next time you are working short-staffed, ask yourself what Management is doing for you to help them meet goals relating to nurses’ communication with patients and their families, pain management and responsiveness of hospital staff.  After all, under Management’s proposal, your paycheck will depend on it.

MAKE NO MISTAKE ABOUT IT, Management is proposing sweeping, fundamental and disturbing changes to your contract that we believe will be bad for nursing and bad for patients.  Now more than ever, it is important that all nurses be informed about these issues and to join us in our defense of nursing at SRH.

Sincerely,

Your Fellow Nurses on your WSNA Bargaining Team

Negotiations Update!  (1/15/2015)

Your fellow nurses on your WSNA bargaining team have been attempting to get a fair contract with Skagit Regional Health over 16 bargaining sessions since March, 2014, several of which have been with the assistance of a mediator.  Why has bargaining taken so long?  Quite simply, SRH has made several proposals which, we believe, would negatively impact nurses’ working conditions, limit nurses’ options in the event of a layoff/restructure, reduce SRH’s ability to attract quality nurses, limit WSNA’s ability to advocate on behalf of nurses at SRH and create uncertainty around health insurance and retirement.  Meanwhile, Management has rejected our proposals to ensure safe staffing, to secure fair wages and to preserve our current health insurance and retirement benefits.

Wages.  Management has proposed wage increases that we feel are not competitive with the market.  Moreover, Management is proposing that some of nurses’ compensation be tied to the Value Based Purchasing scores set by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).  Management wants nurses to ensure that it meets certain CMS standards, but doesn’t seem willing to give nurses the staffing resources they need to meet them, as evidenced by nurses having to demand that the Board do something immediately about the staffing issues at SRH.  Finally, Management is proposing to reduce the Per Diem wage premium and the Premium in Lieu of Benefits from 15% to 10%.  It makes no sense for SRH to be proposing to reduce the wages for some of its nurses when wages at SRH lag behind the market.

Layoff, Restructure and Work Days.  During the course of negotiations, Management also proposed that a 6-hour shift be considered a “normal” shift and that Management be allowed to change the start and end time of a nurse’s shift without the nurse’s consent. Management also proposed drastic changes to the layoff procedure which limit nurses’ options in the event of a layoff.  We have fought off Management’s proposals regarding 6-hour shifts and changing start and end times, but Management is still proposing to reduce nurses’ options during a layoff.  We have made counter proposals that would streamline the layoff process and change the way 10-hour or 12-hour shifts may be implemented, but Management still wants more.

Health Insurance and Retirement.  Your bargaining team recognizes that affordable, comprehensive health insurance and a predictable retirement plan are very important issues to the nurses at SRH.  WSNA has made proposals designed to preserve the level of health and retirement benefits nurses currently receive.  Management has not agreed to these proposals.

WSNA’s Access to the Employer’s Premises and Its Ability to Represent Nurses at Grievance Meetings.  Management has proposed to put additional burdens on WSNA before it can access the premises and has proposed to restrict WSNA’s ability to choose who can represent nurses during grievance hearings. We believe that these proposals would reduce WSNA’s ability to represent effectively the interests of nurses at SRH. Such proposals are especially troublesome in a climate where SRH seems increasingly hostile to the concerns of its nurses.

Bereavement Leave.  Not wanting to leave any stone unturned, Management is proposing to reduce bereavement leave for part-time nurses.

We hope that this update gives you a better understanding of the challenges we have faced during these difficult negotiations.  Now, more than ever, it’s important for the nurses at SRH to stand united.

In Solidarity,

Your WSNA Bargaining Team

FREE DINNER Tuesday, January 13, 2015  (1/8/2015)

“Individual commitment to a group effort – that is what makes a team work,
a company work, a society work, a civilization work.”
Vince Lombardi

Our Local Unit Officers and Negotiation Team are recruiting for
Unit Representatives from EVERY unit, ALL shifts.

FREE DINNER Tuesday, January 13, 2015
1800-2000

Round Table Pizza
115 E College Way, Mount Vernon    
        
Do you:

  • talk to your colleagues about how you wish things could be better?
  • want to know what’s going on and how to best impact the outcome?
  • want a fair contract?

Having someone from YOUR unit at this dinner is crucial!
It’s up to you to talk to each other and confirm that one or more people from your unit are planning to attend!

YOU have the power and responsibility to your colleagues and your patients to find a way to make a positive impact!

RSVP NOW to WSNA at 800-231-8482 Ext 0, or wsna@wsna.org

CODE RED – Action Alert - Local Unit Meetings – CODE RED  (12/22/2014)

Your Negotiating Team Needs To Hear From You!

Please drop-in to one of the Local Unit meetings. We need your input to plan our next steps.


Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 0730 – 0900
Place: Cascade Room

Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 1430 – 1600
Place: Shuksan Room

Date: January 15, 2015
Time: 1800 – 2000
Place: Cascade Room
 
Your Negotiating Team cannot be successful without you. Their strength comes from all of us that stand with them. Attend a meeting and encourage every nurse at Skagit to attend too!
 
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
Sue O’Donnell, Nurse Rep sodonnell@wsna.org 800-231-8482, ext 3045

Great Success for Skagit Nurse Staffing  (12/3/2014)

On the morning of October 24, 2014 at the Skagit Hospital Board Meeting, the Skagit Nurses stood together in unity holding “Signs of Solidarity” supporting their WSNA Local Unit Officers who shared stories about critical staffing concerns with the Board Members. They also shared data that had been compiled from the Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) forms that nurses throughout the hospital had been filling out and filing with management as well as WSNA.

The Skagit Nurses clearly demonstrated their concerns and the need for improved staffing. The Board heard and responded.  The Board held a special meeting which led to the approval of additional FTEs. Almost instantaneously more than 10 FTEs were posted.

What an awesome example of the importance filling out ADOs and what we can do when we stand together united!

Congratulations on a job well done Skagit Nurses!!!

Click here to see a picture of the nurses as they were preparing to present at the Board Meeting with their signs.

If you have any questions, please contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsna.org or call (206) 575-7979, ext. 3056.

Action Alert – Local Unit Meetings  (10/31/2014)

Thank you to everyone who joined us on October 24th at the Board Meeting and stood with us side-by-side holding Car Signs and Signs of Solidarity in support of all Skagit Nurses.  It was powerful and awesome to witness!

We completed our first day of mediation on October 27th. Our next session is scheduled for November 12th.  

Then we are holding drop-in Local Unit meetings to inform you of the most up-to-date information as listed below:
 
Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 0730 – 0900
Place: Shuksan Room

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 1500 – 1630
Place: Shuksan Room

Date: November 13, 2014
Time: 1800 – 2000
Place: Cascade Room
 
We need to continue to send and intensify the message to management that we are united!

  • Get a car sign a and put it in your car window
  • Wear your WSNA buttons and blue on Friday
  • Come to the Local Unit Meetings – Car signs will be available there too

Let’s continue to send management the message in unity to Stop asking nurses to sacrifice and agree to A Fair Contract Now!

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

Action Alert – Local Unit Meetings  (10/17/2014)

It is time to stand together in unity!

We are holding Local Unit meetings to inform you of the most up-to-date information at the times listed below:

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 0730 – 0900
Place: TBA

Date: October 21, 2014
Time: 1800 – 2000
Place: TBA

 
It is time to take action and send a strong message to management that we are united!  Even if you only have a couple minutes please stop by to hear what the next steps are to send management the message in solidarity to

“Stop asking nurses to sacrifice” and agree to “A Fair Contract Now”

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   
 

Action Alert – Local Unit Meetings  (9/26/2014)

Your Negotiation Team needs your help by participating and demonstrating We Are United!

We are scheduled to meet for negotiations with management on October 1st.
Then we are holding Local Unit meetings to inform you of the most up-to-date information, and make “Signs of Solidarity”, at the times listed below:

Date: October 2, 2014
Time: 1800 – 2000
Place: Cascade Room

Date: October 3, 2014
Time: 0730 – 0900
Place: Cascade Room

Date: October 3, 2014
Time: 1400 – 1630
Place: Cascade Room
 
We need to send a strong message to management that we are united!  Even if you only have a couple minutes, please stop by any or all of the Local Unit Meetings and add your name and a positive message on one of the “Signs of Solidarity”.  

Lets send management a message in unity to Stop asking nurses to sacrifice and agree to “A Fair Contract Now”

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!  (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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The Washington State Nurses Association Continuing Education Provider Program (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.