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 firstname.lastname@example.org 800-231-8482 ext.3056