Snohomish Health District

Local Unit News

The Contract Has Been Voted In!  (12/18/2014)

On Monday, December 15, 2014, your contract for years 2015 and 2016 was voted in by an overwhelming majority of member votes.

This contract will be posted to your WSNA Unit Home page as soon as we are able to get the final version in the hands of all parties for signatures.

Thanks to your Local Unit Officers, Leta Tarrell and Debbie Styers, for their dedication to this process and their expertise to accomplish our goal!  

Wishing all of you a very prosperous and Happy Holiday Season!

Hanna Welander
WSNA Nurse Representative

Tentative Agreement Reached! Come And Vote On Your New Contract!  (12/9/2014)

Your WSNA Negotiating Team did a great job advocating for you at the negotiating table.  We did reach a tentative agreement on 12/8/2014.  Highlights:  3 year contract with 2% increase every year for three years; two days unpaid religious holidays; no changes to district’s monthly contributions for health insurance; plus an additional $50 (total of $150) per week for Communicable Disease nurses when on call.  

We will hold two votes where we will have a summary of changes and the redline/legislative version of the contract for your review.

Everett:  December 15, 2014, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM, Conference Room 209A
Lynnwood:  December 15, 2014, 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM, Office in First Steps

Be sure to thank your negotiating team members Leta Tarrell and Debbie Styers, who did an outstanding job.  See you at the vote!

Hanna K. Welander, BSN RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
(800) 231-8482, Ext. 3035

WSNA Negotiation Survey  (9/19/2014)

The current contract between WSNA and your Local Unit expires December 31, 2014.  This survey is our first step in our preparation for contract negotiations.  Your input is critical to determine 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.  The power of representation comes from the willingness of our members 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 input and involvement.

To access the survey, click here.
Survey Deadline is October 3, 2014!

For any questions, please contact a Local Unit Officer or your WSNA Nurse Rep Hanna Welander, email:; phone:  (800) 231-8482, Ext.3035.

What Do You Think?  (4/10/2014)

Do you want WSNA to hold a vote regarding VEBA as an additional benefit for your Local Unit?
Do you need additional Information for VEBA?
Please go to this web link and complete the ONE QUESTION survey!
Your opinion counts, please respond today!

Lunch and Learn  (3/13/2014)

Bring your own lunch, and come to learn more about your VEBA benefits.
A representative from VEBA will be present to explain the program and to answer questions.
March 19th, 12 noon   
Conference room 304

March 26th, 12 noon  
Immunization Waiting Room

Come and Vote!  (1/10/2014)

Communicable Disease Nurses’ Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)
We have finally reached a tentative agreement with the employer regarding the 24/7 call that the CD PHNs have been doing.  At the vote, we will have a copy of the MOU available and will be able to answer any questions you may have.
Both WSNA Nurse Reps will be conducting the vote at both sites simultaneously.
Date/Time: January 16, 2014, 12-1 PM
Locations:  Everett and Lynnwood
Conference Rooms:
In Everett, Room 309A
In Lynnwood, the WIC/First Steps nutrition education room
We look forward to seeing you there.  The Local Unit Officers recommend a “yes” vote.

Contact Information:               

Hanna Welander, BSN, RN                                     
206-575-7979, Ext 3035                        

Kathryn Nixon, RN
206) 575-7979, Ext 3004

Announcing Change in Nurse Reps  (12/19/2013)

Please join your Local Unit Officers in welcoming Kathryn Nixon, RN, as your new WSNA Nurse Representative, beginning January 1, 2014.  
Kathryn has worked in medical-surgical nursing and home health and hospice.   Kathryn looks forward to meeting you in the near future.  
All outstanding issues will continue to be handled by Hanna Welander (, Ext. 3035).
Contact Information:
Kathryn Nixon, RN
(206) 575-7979, Ext 3004

1st Annual NW Regional Nurses Family Picnic  (8/15/2013)

Date:  Saturday, August 31, 2013
Time: Noon – 6:00 p.m.

We are planning on having lots of fun for every age, including games, hamster balls, music, hamburgers, hotdogs and veggie burgers with watermelon and some sides will be provided. Everyone coming is also invited to bring along any potluck “goodies” to share. There will be good conversations, and opportunities for networking with each other.

In addition, we want to give back to the community. We are asking all participants to bring with them a non-perishable food item or set of food items for a food bank. Our accumulated items will be donated on behalf of the nurses living in Skagit, Island, San Juan, Snohomish and Whatcom counties.

Plan today to join us for fun at this first annual NW Regional Nurses/Family Picnic!

RSVP:  Irene Muller at WSNA - 206-575-7979 by Aug. 26th
Please let her know # of children and adults coming.
We need an accurate head count to plan for food and other items.

Place: THE GAZEBO in Hillcrest Park in Mt. Vernon
Located specifically at 1717 S. 13th Street
(Parking in front of lodge is restricted due to a wedding.  There is parking near the gazebo, around the park and on the street as well.)               

Learn About Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Account (VEBA)  (7/31/2013)

Attention All WSNA Members!

Many of you have expressed an interest in learning more about Voluntary Employee Beneficiary Account (VEBA).  We have invited Mike Smolko, Service Representative, VEBA Service Group, LLC.  Mike provides local service and support to participating employers in the Northwest Washington region.  He conducts onsite presentations and educational workshops for participating and prospective employers and employee groups.

Your Local Unit Officers will provide pizza and salad.

Location:  Lynnwood Office-Clinic
Date/Time: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 6:00-7:00 PM

For any questions, please contact WSNA Nurse Rep, Hanna Welander at (206) 575-7979, Ext. 3035, or by email at

Announcing New Local Unit Officers!  (5/10/2013)

Congratulations to the following nurses who have been duly elected as Local Unit Officers:

Chairperson:  Leta Tarrell
Vice-Chair:  Debbie Styers
Secretary/Treasurer:  Mary Merrell            
Grievance Officer: Barbara Bly

Please take a moment to thank the outgoing officers for all the hard work they have done on your behalf: Barbara Bly, Chairperson; Mary Anne Boyce, Vice-Chair; Kim Ander, Secretary/Treasurer; Leta Tarrell, Grievance Officer.

Barbara Bly Receives Marguerite Cobb Public Health/Community Health Nurse Award!
At WSNA Convention 2013, Barbara Bly, BSN RN, received the prestigious Marguerite Cobb Public Health/Community Health Nurse Award!  This award recognizes the outstanding professional contributions of one public health or community health nurse and calls this achievement to the attention of members of the profession as well as the general public.  Thanks to Barb’s colleagues who submitted such inspiring and wonderful narratives regarding her work on behalf of the nursing profession, the professional organization, clients, and community.  For photos from Convention, please click here.

Celebrate Nurses Week  (4/25/2013)

Contract Ratified by Overwhelming Majority!  (1/23/2013)

Thanks to all of you who came to vote on your new contract.  The contract passed with an overwhelming majority.  The vote summary will be posted on the WSNA website under Snohomish Health District.  Jean Zahalka and Debbie Styers did a wonderful job representing all of you at the negotiation table! 

The contract originals were delivered to the Health District on January 22, 2013.  The contract content will be presented to the Snohomish Board on February 12, 2013.  Once WSNA receives the signed copies from the Health District, we will make CDs that will be distributed to you. 

If you have any questions, please call Hanna Welander at (800) 231-8482, Ext. 3035 or email

Tentative Agreement Reached in Negotiations!  (12/20/2012)

On December 19, 2012, after four sessions of difficult negotiations, your WSNA Negotiating Team reached a tentative agreement with Snohomish Health District.  We were successful in staving off takeaways, preserving language that we knew was important to the bargaining unit, and successfully achieved a modest wage increase for 2013 and 2014.  This will be a two-year contract. 

The vote time and location will be announced in early January, so please keep an eye out for the postcard.  Please take a moment to congratulate your Team Members, Jean Zahalka and Debbie Styers, on a job WELL DONE! 

For any questions, please call your WSNA Nurse Representative, Hanna Welander, (206) 575-7979, Ext. 3035, or email   

Local Unit Meeting  (12/6/2012)

Important!  Important!  Important!
We spent another long negotiation day with the employer who presented the rest of its proposals.  WSNA stated its position with regard to significant working condition changes proposed by the Employer.  It is really important that you attend the Local Unit Meeting.  The Chief Spokesperson for WSNA will be presenting this information to you.  This is your opportunity for you to give feedback on what is being presented.    
Meeting Location:  Snohomish Lynnwood Office

Time/Date:  December 12, 2012, 6-7 PM

Food will be provided 

Negotiations Have Started  (12/4/2012)

Your Negotiating Team met Monday, December 3, 2012, with the Employer for our first negotiation session.  WSNA presented its initial proposal.  The Employer’s representative talked conceptually about some of their proposals.  WSNA requested these conceptual proposals be put in writing.  We meet again on Wednesday, December 5, 2012.  At that time, the Employer plans to give a presentation about the economic status of the district and will present its economic counter-proposal.

We will probably be holding a Local Unit Meeting within the next couple of weeks as negotiations progress.  If so, it will be very important for you to attend that meeting or any meetings set by WSNA during these negotiations.  Please stay tuned. 

Remaining Negotiation Sessions:  December 5, 2012; December 18, 2012; December 19, 2012. 

In Solidarity,
Jean Zahalka and Debbie Styers

It’s Time to Give Your Input for the Negotiation Survey 2012  (8/6/2012)

The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires December 31, 2012. This survey is the first step in our preparation for contract negotiations.  Your input is critical in 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.  The power of representation comes from the willingness of our Registered Nurses to come together; 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 involvement and commitment. Surveys must be completed  by August 17th.  Click here to access your survey.

It is important that you provide us with your current contact information.  WSNA and your negotiating team members do not share this information with anyone.  It is only collected so that we may contact you if we have questions about issues and so that we may share important information with you regarding negotiations. 

Check your email or WSNA/Snohomish Health District website frequently during negotiations to make sure you are receiving important updates.

2011 WSNA Local Unit Officer Election Results  (5/11/2011)

  • Barb Bly – Unit Chair
  • Mary Anne Boyce – Co-Chair
  • Kim (Stearns) Ander – Secretary/Treasurer
  • Leta Tarrell – Grievance Officer
  • Amanda Tarbill – appointee to Conference Committee (2011)

Congratulations to the newly elected officers of the WSNA/Snohomish Health District Local Unit!

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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