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What types of memberships does WSNA offer?

Individual membership

This membership is for nurses who are not represented by WSNA for collective bargaining. Individual members join to be part of their professional association, gaining access to educational resources, professional development opportunities, and a voice in advocacy efforts. Members can also take part in WSNA's legislative and political advocacy, leveraging the organization's influence to impact health policy and nursing practice at both state and national levels.

Individual members are also members of their regional nurses association and the American Nurses Association.

Union membership

This type of membership is for nurses who are represented by WSNA for collective bargaining. Union members benefit from the negotiation and enforcement of superior contracts, led by WSNA labor attorneys. This membership ensures that nurses are supported in advocating for better working conditions, pay, and benefits, and are never alone in their efforts. In addition to these union-specific benefits, union members also gain access to the same educational resources, professional development opportunities, and legislative and political advocacy efforts available to individual members.

If you are a nurse working at one of the facilities where WSNA has a local unit and WSNA represents you for collective bargaining and you pay dues, you are a union member.

Included in your WSNA union membership is membership to your regional nurses association, the American Nurses Association, and AFT.

How much are dues?

2024 Individual member monthly dues

Rates vary by membership category and the district/region (see below) where the member lives.

E62 years of age and not employed, or totally disabled
FEmployed and not covered by a WSNA collective bargaining contract, or unemployed
RNew graduate nurse, employed and not covered by a WSNA collective bargaining contract (for first year of membership only)

District or RegionCategory ECategory FCategory R
District 5$16.94$34.42$17.22
District 7$17.06$34.88$17.44
District 15$16.94$34.42$17.22
District 98$16.84$34.00$17.00

2024 Union member monthly dues

Rates vary by the member's FTE and the district/region (see below) in which the member's primary employer is located.

District or Region1.0 - 0.5 FTE0.49 - 0.25 FTELess than 0.25 or per diem
District 5$100.38$78.02$55.66
District 7$100.84$78.36$55.88
District 15$100.38$78.02$55.66
District 98$99.96$77.72$55.46

Regions and districts

District / Region
District 5Columbia and Walla Walla counties
District 7Chelan, Douglas and Grant counties
District 15Benton and Franklin counties
District 98All other counties
CWRNA (Central Washington Region Nurses Association)Kittitas and Yakima Counties
IENA (Inland Empire Nurses Association)Adams, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Whitman counties
KCNA (King County Nurses AssociationKing County
NWRNA (Northwest Region Nurses Association)Island, San Juan, Skagit, Snohomish and Whatcom counties
RONA (Rainier Olympic Nurses Association)Clallam, Grays Harbor, Jefferson, Kitsap, Mason, Pierce and Thurston counties
SWRNA (Southwest Region Nurses Association)Clark, Cowlitz, Lewis, Pacific, Skamania, and Wahki­akum counties

Where do my dues go?

Where dues go 2020 2021
How WSNA's portion of your membership dues is spent
  • A portion of your dues go to your Regional Nurses Association. This amount varies according to your specific region.
  • Of the remaining amount, 75% goes to WSNA (see chart for more detail on how WSNA uses its portion of your dues) and 25% goes to the American Nurses Association and to AFT Healthcare (union members only).
  • For our union members, 8% of the dues that go to WSNA are allocated to their local unit and the Labor Executive Council (4% each).

The percentages above are based on collective bargaining dues rates. The percentages vary depending on the type of membership you have with WSNA.

How are dues rates determined?

Each year a survey is done of the base pay rate for RNs at every facility represented by WSNA for collective bargaining. These figures are then put in a formula which determines the annual WSNA dues.

Why are my dues different than my colleague's who lives in another county?

WSNA districts and regions are determined by county boundaries. Each district or region has the authority to set their own dues rates and WSNA acts as the agent that collects the dues on their behalf.

What are my payment options?

  • Payroll deduction (union members only)
  • Credit card
  • Electronic funds transfer
  • Credit card
  • Electronic funds transfer
  • Check

Are dues discounted for part-time / per diem nurses?

For union members, yes. See the section "How much are dues?" above.

Is there a discounted rate for new graduates?

For individual members, yes; for union members, no. (See 'What types of memberships does WSNA offer?' at top for explanation of "individual" vs "union" membership types.) New graduates are eligible for discounted rates if they become an individual member within six months of graduation. They can then remain in their discount category for twelve months.

Do WSNA dues go WSNA PAC for candidate election contributions?

No WSNA dues money is used as donations from the WSNA PAC towards candidate contributions; individual RN contributions to the WSNA PAC are voluntary.

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