Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Local Unit News

Negotiation Update (04/25/2016)

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!

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Negotiations Update (04/07/2016)

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 (03/11/2016)

  • 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 (03/01/2016)

  • 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 (02/02/2016)

  • 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 (01/22/2016)

  • 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 (01/12/2016)

  • 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 (01/05/2016)

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.*

Action Alert (12/11/2015)

Please wear your “WSNA” blue to work on the following days of negotiations as a sign of Unity.

Negotiation Dates we have so far:

  • 12/15/15
  • 1/8/16
  • 1/20/16
  • 1/27/16
  • 2/16/16
  • 2/19/16

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Local Unit Meetings - Dec 16th (12/03/2015)

  • Please join us for one of the local unit meetings listed below and hear about negotiations.
  • Here are the current negotiation dates: 12/2/15 (cancelled), 12/15/15, 1/8/16 and 1/27/16.

Don’t miss attending one of these meetings on December 16th, 2015!

  • 0800-0930 (Notre Dame/Bernard Morin room SHMC)
  • 1300-1430 (Notre Dame/Bernard Morin room SHMC)
  • 1545-1700 (Notre Dame/Bernard Morin room SHMC)
  • 1945-2100 (Avista A/B classrooms SHMC)

Come get a WSNA button to wear at work for Unity!

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WSNA/Sacred Heart RNs (11/23/2015)

It’s time to begin gaining momentum for negotiations, therefore WSNA and your Local Unit Officers are working hard to get your negotiations Facebook page up and running! Please click on the following link below, “share” and “Like” the page today!

Important Reminder: This Facebook page is a public page. So for your own protection, and those around you, please keep all comments to a positive and non-disparaging note. This page is designed to keep you informed of negotiations in a faster and more efficient way. We appreciate your help with this!

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WSNA Cafeteria Time (11/13/2015)

Let’s Button Up! Come get your WSNA buttons in the café at the dates and times listed below. Look for the WSNA sign. We are heading into contract negotiations and need all of the nurses at Sacred Heart to show their support and unity by wearing these buttons while at work. This simple action will visually show management that all the RNs at Sacred Heart are a strong unified front. Our confirmed negotiation dates so far are December 2nd and 15th, 2015.

November 23rd 1700-1900
November 24th 0800-1000
November 25th 1200-1400

Local Unit Rep Meeting - Oct 27th (10/14/2015)

Come join us for A Local Unit Rep Meeting as we head into negotiations!

When:
October 27th, 2015

Time:
1700-1900

Where:
Round Table Pizza
(In the FRONT 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.*

Contract Negotiations Kick-off (09/25/2015)

Kick-off contract negotiations with some fun at the Carousel!

When: October 8th, 2015
Time: 1800-2000
Where: Riverfront Park Carousel


Bring your family and enjoy popcorn, drinks and carousel rides.

Your Negotiation team members are:

Deb Perry (NICU)
Marty Avey ( ICU)
Libby Zadra (IV)
LaDonna Reel (MB)
Linda Jones (NICU)
Paula Thomas (Peds after hours)
Inga Matheson (CICU)
Ehren Burright (5N)
Angela Klaudt (PACU)
David Emerson (7N)
Nancy Stong (OR)
Pat Kandratowicz (PCCA)

Contract Negotiations Kickoff - Oct 8th (08/25/2015)

Save the Date

Kick off contract negotiations with some fun at the Carousel!

When:
October 8th, 2015

Time:
1800-2000

Where:
Riverfront Park Carousel

Bring your family and enjoy popcorn, drinks and carousel rides.

Your Negotiation team members are:

  • Deb Perry (NICU)
  • Marty Avey (ICU)
  • Libby Zadra (IV)
  • LaDonna Reel (MB)
  • Linda Jones (NICU)
  • Paula Thomas (MB)
  • Inga Matheson (CICU)
  • Ehren Burright (5N)
  • Angela Klaudt (PACU)
  • David Emerson(7N)
  • Nancy Stong (OR)
  • Pat Kandratowicz (PCCA)

Contract Negotiations Survey (08/13/2015)

The current contract between WSNA and SHMC expires December 31, 2015. The 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 negotiations.

Please take a moment to complete this survey. Give time and thoughtful consideration to your answers. This is your livelihood, your working conditions.

Remember, we would like to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the table. Strength comes from unity--the power of representation comes from the willingness of Registered Nurses to unite and show support through membership in WSNA. In order to have voting privileges on the upcoming contract, you must be a member prior to ratification, or present your completed application with three months’ dues at the time of the vote.

Available until August 28, 2015

Local Unit Meeting - July 7th (06/16/2015)

Come join us for A Local Unit Meeting as we start preparing for negotiations!

When:
July 7th, 2015

Time:
1700-1900

Where:
SHMC Avista A/B Rooms

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

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