Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Negotiation Update

  • Your bargaining team has had a tenth day of contract negotiations with management.  Management has reiterated their benefits proposals.
  • We will be heading to mediation on May 31st.  We also have June 8th scheduled.
  • Don’t miss attending one of the local unit meetings below for more negotiation details and to hear the real truth on benefits.  Bring a co-worker.  Silence is acceptance; we want to hear from you.

May 24th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall (1912 N. Division St. #200 Spokane, WA):

  • 0800-0900
  • 1330-1430
  • 1600-1700
  • 2000-2100

We will have yard signs and t-shirts to pass out.  
Also do not forget to bring back your signed petitions.

 
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Action Alert

The energy is increasing, and it’s time to make a move!
 
WSNA and your negotiation team are asking you, the bargaining unit, to begin circulating a petition in efforts to collect signatures from nurses and the public to show support for our team at the bargaining table.
 
On Wednesday, May 11th, Your WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer BSN, RN, and WSNA Organizer Jaclyn Perkins BSN, RN will be at Cowley Park below the East parking garage handing out petitions and car signs for you to pick up.  Stop by anytime from 1300 to 1600 on May 11th to get your documents!

Additionally, we are looking for members to create a Contract Action Team.  Let us know if we can count on you to support your Bargaining Unit in this way!

You’re ramped up!  You’re ready! Let’s put that energy into Action!

If you have not “Liked” the Facebook page, it’s not too late!  Go to “Sacred Heart RNs - Nurses at the Heart
 
Questions?  Contact Jaclyn Perkins, BSN RN, Nurse Organizer 1-800-231-8482 ext: 3118 or jperkins@wsna.org.

Negotiation Update

Your bargaining team has had its ninth day of contract negotiations.  Here are some of the issues that management has not backed down from:

  • For open positions - The determination of qualifications by the Medical Center will include current disciplinary action and nurses who are under current disciplinary action on their current unit may not be eligible for transfer to another unit.
  • After being selected for a new position, nurses must wait six months before seeking another inter-unit position unless the Employer agrees otherwise.
  • Expanding mandatory call to ECLS.
  • Annual lab tests offered to the nurses would have barriers in place to obtain them.  Some of the obstacles would be getting an order and results read by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • Health Insurance - Management has proposed to strip away contractual protections that we now have regarding changes to the medical plans and possibly subject nurses to increased deductibles, premiums, out of pocket costs, etc.
  • Dental Insurance - Management will pay full premium for nurses in budgeted position of 30 hours or more rather than 20 hours or more.
  • Vision Insurance - Management no longer wants to be required to provide fully paid vision insurance.
  • Management’s last across the board yearly wage increase proposal was 2% (beginning when the contract is ratified), 1.5%, and 1.5%.
  • We have proposed staffing language that each unit in the Medical Center’s facilities shall maintain staffing levels that ensure safe patient care and the safety of the nurses employed by the Medical Center.  We have also proposed that staffing levels shall be maintained so that nurses receive meal and rest breaks and are able to utilize available time off from work.  Management has refused this language and has not offered any counter proposals.

Here is what you can do:

  • We are getting more car signs so please watch for the time and place that we will be handing them out.
  • Like and share our Facebook page.
  • Wear your WSNA blue to work on all Tuesdays.  Bluesday is Tuesday!
  • Please watch your mail and email for future meetings and actions and encourage your co-worker to participate!

Some Cuts Don’t Heal!

Negotiations Update

Your bargaining team has had an eighth day of contract negotiations with management.

Here are some of the issues that management has proposed and we need to fight off:

  • Elimination of the 16% part-time nurse salary option.
  • For open positions - The determination of qualifications by the medical center will include current disciplinary action and nurses who are under current disciplinary action on their current unit may not be eligible for transfer to another unit.
  • Expanding mandatory call to ECLS.
  • Annual lab tests offered to the nurses would have barriers in place to obtain them.  Some of the obstacles would be getting an order and results read by a licensed independent practitioner.
  • BSN requirement for newly hired nurses to be obtained within 3 years from date of hire.
  • Benefits:
    • Health Insurance:
      • Management has proposed to strip away contractual protections that we now have regarding changes to the medical plans and possibly subject nurses to increased deductibles, out of pocket costs, etc.
      • Reduction of employer contribution for dependent premiums.
    • Dental Insurance:
      • Management will pay full premium for nurses in budgeted position of 30 hours or more rather than 20 hours or more.
    • Vision Insurance:
      • Management no longer wants to be required to provide fully paid vision insurance.
  • We are still far apart with economic issues of wages and premiums.

Our next negotiation date is April 19th, 2016.   Please wear blue to work on this day.

Now is the time to start planning action, so don’t miss attending one of the Local Unit meetings on April 20th, 2016 (note change in meeting places):

  • 0800-0900 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1330-1430 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 1600-1700 (Operating Engineers 370 Union Hall, 510 South Elm St.)
  • 2000-2100 (Frankie Doodles Restaurant, 30 E. 3rd Ave.)

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Negotiations Update

  • Your bargaining team has had a sixth day of contract negotiations with management.
  • We have continued to make some progress on issues.
  • Benefits, expansion of mandatory call and economics are some of the big issues we are still working on.
  • Here are the current upcoming negotiations dates: March 24th, April 1st and April 19th.  Please wear blue on our negotiation days.
  • Don’t miss attending one of the Local Unit meetings for more negotiation details on March 28th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall (1912 N. Division St., #200, Spokane, WA):
    • 0800-0930
    • 1300-1430
    • 1545-1700
    • 1945-2100

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Negotiations Update

  • Your bargaining team has had a fifth day of contract negotiations with management.
  • Some progress was made on a number of issues.
  • We still have several big issues to deal with such as reduction in benefits, expansion of mandatory call to L&D and ECLS, staffing, elimination of the 16% part-time nurse salary option and the ability of management to impose mandatory flu vaccines.
  • Your WSNA team and management are still very far apart with wage and premium proposals.  
  • There is an extension of our current contract.   
  • The upcoming negotiation dates are March 8th and 31st.  Please wear blue on our negotiation days.
  • Don’t miss attending one of the Local Unit meetings on March 28th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall (1912 N. Division St. #200, Spokane, WA) for more negotiation details:
    • 0800-0930
    • 1300-1430
    • 1545-1700
    • 1945-2100

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Negotiation Update

  • Your negotiation team has had a fourth day of contract negotiations with management.  We have received management’s full proposal.
  • Management has stated they will not be making any proposals to change EIT.
  • We do have significant issues that will require work and persistence.  Your negotiation team will be working very hard on all of the issues.  Some of the issues that will require substantial effort will be preserving benefits, pay that is deserved and keeping mandatory call from expanding.
  • There is an extension for our current contract. 
  • Here are the upcoming negotiation dates:  2/19/16 & 2/26/16. Please wear blue on our negotiation days.

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Negotiation Update

  • Your bargaining team has had a third day of contract negotiations with management.  We are still waiting for management’s proposals for benefits, economics and leaves.  To date, we have not seen a proposal concerning sick time.  We are expecting the rest of the proposals next session.  We have made some tentative agreements on a couple of small issues.  A couple proposals that management has proposed are: expanding mandatory call to L&D and ECLS and elimination of the 16% part-time nurse salary option.
  • Here are the upcoming negotiation dates: 1/27/16, 2/19/16 and 2/26/16.
  • Don’t miss attending one of these meetings on January 26th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall.  (1912 N. Division St., #200, Spokane, WA):
    • 0800-0930
    • 1300-1430
    • 1545-1700
    • 1945-2100

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Negotiation Update

  • Your bargaining team had its second day of contract negotiations with management on January 8th, 2016.  Both sides have exchanged proposals.  We have received the majority of management’s proposals.  There are significant issues to work through.  We are still waiting for management’s wage proposals.
  • Here are the upcoming negotiation dates: 1/20/16, 1/27/16, 2/19/16, 2/26/16.
  • Don’t miss attending one of these meetings on January 26th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall (1912 N. Division St., #200, Spokane, WA):
  • 0800-0930
  • 1300-1430
  • 1545-1700
  • 1945-2100

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Local Unit Rep Meeting - Jan 19th

Come join us for A Local Unit Rep Meeting.

When:
January 19th, 2016

Time:
1700-1900

Where:
Round Table Pizza
(In the Back room)
1908 W. Francis Ave.
Five Mile Shopping Center

RSVP:
Debi Bessmer, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep
1-800-231-8482, Ext. 3112
dbessmer@wsna.org

*We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Local Unit Rep for their floor to join us.*

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