The first event is the upcoming Local Bargaining Unit Meeting open to all Bargaining Unit Nurses at Grays Harbor. We need to hear from you. What is important to you in the next contract?
7:00 until 8:30 am; Conference Room C or
5:30 until 7:00 pm; Conference Room A
A negotiations survey will be on-line in the next two weeks on your WSNA Grays Harbor webpage. Be sure you take a few minutes to fill it out. This is your opportunity to have a say in what is proposed for the new contract. We are still looking for nurses who are interested in being on the Negotiating Team. Be willing to take a stand for your patients, yourselves and your fellow nurses.
The second event is the Annual Leadership Conference held at Campbell's Resort on Lake Chelan. Grays Harbor nurses are invited to the Washington State Nurses Association's Annual Leadership Conference! This year the conference will take place September 25-27th. Come find out about the latest developments in the nursing profession, the state and national labor movements and get free hours toward requirements for your license renewal, not to mention the ability to network with nurses from across the state!
Your Local Unit is interested in sponsoring two (2) nurses (that includes registration fees, room and travel expenses). Please contact your WSNA Nurse Rep Pat McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 904-8004 if you are interested in attending.
Mark your calendars with the following date and times: July 26th from 3:30 - 5:00pm and again from 6:00 - 7:30pm.
It is time again for a Local Unit Meeting. The time is fast approaching for negotiations to begin on your next contract. We need to hear your ideas on what you would like to see as proposals on your new contract. A survey will be coming out soon for you to fill out and return. We need to have nurses volunteer to be on the negotiating team. It is always ideal to have a nurse from every department represented on the Team. No one knows your issues better than you do. We will begin the prep work after we get the surveys back and a Team put together.
The Exec. Team needs to hear from you about what you would like to have as a kick-off for negotiations: a sidewalk social, a picnic, or a dinner? Come let us know what you would like to have the Local Unit sponsor. This is your unit. Let us hear from you.
Again, July 26th from 3:30 - 5:00pm or 6:00 - 7:30pm. Refreshments and Door Prizes will be provided.
Plan on being there!
In order to stay connected with the bargaining unit, your Local Unit Officers have decided to have DROP-IN meetings once a month. These meetings would give each of you the opportunity to stop by to share your issues and concerns. This will give WSNA the ability to hear directly from you what is going on in your particular units. And, what can be done to fix the situation or at least be able to address the issue at the Nurse Practice Committee meetings. Nurse Practice Committee meets once a month on the fourth Tuesday at 1:00pm.
Your Local Unit Officers have decided to give out a prize if you stop by the Drop-In meetings and sign in. It might be a coffee card or movie tickets. So be sure to stop by and register your name in the drawing.
The Local Unit Officers are also implementing the Coffee Cart after the Drop-In meetings. The Cart will be handing out coffee and a snack for your breaks. If you are interested in helping out with the coffee cart, please let one of your Local Unit Officers know. We can use your help with making this a success. It really is a lot of fun. Nurses and other staff members are always happy to see you. There will be other WSNA giveaways on the cart, such as, WSNA pens, badge clips, hand sanitizers, and lights (particularly handy for the night shift).
The schedule for the Drop-In Time (is always the same) 4:00pm until 7:30pm with the Coffee Cart to follow.
Dates: June 22nd, July 27th, August 24th, and September 21st. Be sure to mark your calendars with the posted dates so you can have your concerns heard and don’t forget to sign in for a chance to win a prize. Your Officers’ contact information is listed on your bulletin boards along with the above dates for our Drop-In meetings. We are looking forward to seeing you on June 22nd between 4:00pm and 7:30pm.
Thanks to all who attended the Local Unit Meetings. We learned a lot about what is happening on your nursing units.
Stay tuned for the announcement of the dates and times for more Drop-In Meetings.
This is your WSNA Unit.
Come help make it what you want it to be.
You are WSNA at Grays Harbor.
Your WSNA Executive Team
Please plan on attending one of the Local Unit meetings scheduled for March 23rd from 5:00pm - 8:00pm in Meeting Room A or March 24th from 7:00am - 9:00am also in Meeting Room A. We need to hear about how things are going on your units. Are you being relieved for your 15 minute breaks and your 30 minute lunch? If you are missing these, how often do you get your breaks and lunches? Remember, WSNA is fighting for you in the legislature with our Uninterrupted Meal & Rest Breaks/Limit Mandatory Overtime Bill. Plan on joining us even if you have only a few minutes to spare.
On Monday, March 23rd from 3:00pm - 5:00pm, we will be having a training session for our new Officers. Margaret Conley, ARNP, WSNA Assistant Director of Labor will be here to teach this class. The officers and anyone else who would like to join us are encouraged to attend and are most welcome.
DON’T FORGET, the Washington State Nurses Convention is being held April 22nd-24th at the Tulalip Convention Center in Tulalip, WA. Your Local Unit is going to sponsor a few of the Local Bargaining Unit nurses’ registration fee and rooms to attend. Think about it, there will be nationally known speakers talking on topics that are of interest to all nurses.
The WSNA Leadership Conference is again being held at Lake Chelan on September 28th-29th. If you want to learn more about how to run a Local Unit, plan to attend this very worthwhile event. There are always lots of things to do and see around the Chelan area if you plan to go early or stay a day or two after the conference. There will also be some help from the local unit with registration fee and rooms for this event.
Plan to attend one of the Local Unit meetings scheduled for either March 23rd or 24th.
See you there - Your Local Unit Officers