Will you stand with me?
This attack did not originally target nurses, but instead, public union workers. Regardless, it’s going to impact our practice.
January 30, 2018
Congratulations, 2017 Leadership Award winners!
Each year, WSNA’s Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare recognizes outstanding leaders in Local Units across the state. These fearless nurses, nominated by their peers, received their awards at WSNA’s Leadership Conference in late September 2017. Congratulations to all of them for their dedication and outstanding work on behalf…
January 29, 2018
Don't let them silence us
When we stand together as union nurses, we have the power to win a fair return on our work and conditions that allow us to provide better care to our patients.
January 26, 2018
The art of listening to engage and empower
"Have you ever wondered why some people are better communicators than others? I have an idea that I believe explains this phenomenon."
November 20, 2017
Overlake Hospital nurses and supporters unite on I-405 overpass to call for Safe Patient Care
Facing wind, rain and commuters, registered nurses from Overlake Hospital and their supporters lined the I-405 overpass at NE 10th Street in Bellevue at rush hour yesterday to let the community know about unsafe management proposals that could directly impact patient care.
June 16, 2017
Meet a “do-it-all” nurse, with a special passion for social justice
The Public Health Insider blog, produced by Public Health - Seattle & King County, featured WSNA member Tina Maestas for National Public Health Week (April 3-7th). Tina is a Public Health Nurse based in Renton, one of seven Seattle & King County Public Health Nurses whose offices are located inside a “CSO” – a state office…
April 7, 2017
Tacoma General RNs win ratios in contract for first time in Washington
After more than a year of grueling negotiations, the WSNA nurses at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital won a groundbreaking contract that for the first time in Washington state includes specific nurse-to-patient ratios.
February 15, 2017
MEDIA RELEASE: Nurse rest and meal break lawsuit settlement at St. Joe’s in Tacoma includes $5 million in back pay
Under the terms of the settlement, St. Joseph will pay nurses $5 million in back pay for missed meal and rest breaks. St. Joseph also will establish a “block break relief” system to ensure that nurses are afforded uninterrupted rest periods, and the hospital committed to hiring an additional 26 break relief nurses to safely care for…
December 6, 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: Tacoma General RNs to hold strike vote December 16
After making little progress in mediation Tuesday, the WSNA-represented Registered Nurses at Tacoma General Hospital are planning a strike advisory vote for December 16, two days after the next scheduled mediation session.
November 17, 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: With Tacoma General failing to address dangerous, chronic understaffing, RNs head back to bargaining table Nov. 15
TACOMA--(Nov. 14, 2016) The WSNA-represented nurses at Tacoma General Hospital head back into mediation tomorrow demanding that the hospital address the severe, chronic staffing concerns that imperil patient safety at the hospital. Management’s deceptive “bargaining summary” prompts new Unfair Labor Practice charge. “No Voluntary…
November 14, 2016
MEDIA RELEASE: Tacoma General nurses say “NO” to voluntary overtime, extra shifts Nov. 10-17
TACOMA – (Nov. 7, 2016) After 11 months at the bargaining table, the registered nurses at MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital will not take voluntary overtime or extra shifts Nov. 10-17. This concerted union action is in response to MultiCare’s ongoing illegal actions against the nurses, as well as its refusal to address staffing…
November 7, 2016
TG NURSES: You have union rights and protections.
A Tacoma General physician filed an unfair labor practice charge against MultiCare and WON! That's why you're seeing these official Notices around the hospital promising not to interfere with YOUR RIGHTS under the National Labor Relations Act.
September 21, 2016
PRESS RELEASE: UW Medical Center Nurses Vote In Fair Share Language for Their Union
SEATTLE – (July 8, 2016) The registered nurses at the University of Washington Medical Center voted by a significant majority to add Fair Share Membership language to the collective bargaining agreement that covers the 1,600 registered nurses who work there.
July 11, 2016
MultiCare fighting groundbreaking rest break arbitration
In January, 2016, an arbitrator ordered MultiCare Tacoma General Hospital to cease using the “break buddy system.” MultiCare responded by filing a lawsuit in federal court to get the “final and binding” decision overturned, and has put proposals on the negotiating table to invalidate everything WSNA fought for - and won - in court.
May 4, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court defends workers’ rights
On March 29, the U.S. Supreme Court, down to eight justices after the death of Antonin Scalia, split 4-4 on the Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association case. The split decision affirms a lower-court ruling that allows public-employee unions to continue collecting “fair share membership” dues for those it represents who decline…
March 30, 2016
WSNA wins groundbreaking arbitration enforcing rest breaks for nurses
An arbitrator decided that the "break buddy" system in use at MultiCare Tacoma General doesn't give nurses a real rest break.
January 13, 2016
Media roundup: Candlelight vigil at Kadlec
Nurses at Kadlec Medical Center, along with community supporters, gathered on Monday for a candlelight vigil. Contract negotiations have been ongoing for the last seven months. Here are some stories by media outlets covering the event.
January 12, 2016
U.S. Supreme Court to consider major erosion of workers’ rights
The U.S. Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a case that could dramatically erode the ability of public-sector unions to fight for better wages and working conditions for their members.
January 6, 2016
Kadlec nurses give overwhelming support in strike advisory vote
An overwhelming majority – 90 percent of the hundreds of Kadlec RNS who voted – said "yes" in the Strike Advisory Vote WSNA held during two membership meetings held Dec. 8, 2015.
December 8, 2015
UWMC nurses gather for a "Show of Force" at mediation
Nurses and their supporters made an impromptu "Show of Force" outside the office where mediation was taking place.
November 12, 2015
PeaceHealth St Joe's nurses celebrate Veteran's Day and kick off contract negotiations
On Nov. 11, nurses at PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center - Bellingham celebrated Veteran's Day with a 3-hour negotiations kickoff event.
November 12, 2015
Media roundup: "Patients Before Profits" rally at Kadlec
Several hundred nurses at Kadlec Medical Center, along with supporters, rallied on Monday to bring attention to ongoing contract negotiations, now in their sixth month. Here are some stories by media outlets covering the event.
November 11, 2015