Ocean Beach Hospital

Contract Vote

After seven (7) days at the table, your Negotiation Team has worked diligently to ensure that they negotiated the very best tentative agreement (T.A.) for all of the nurses at Ocean Beach Hospital. The team is recommending a Yes Vote on the contract. Please plan on attending the vote where a summary of all the changes and enhancements will be provided along with the actual “Redline” of the specific language changes. The new T.A. includes across-the-board wage increases of 3%, 3%, and 3% over the life of the three year contract as well as No Changes to low census or standby language! Stay tuned for moredetails; but until then do plan on attending the vote.

The Vote:

  • When = Wednesday, July 27th
  • Time = 1700 until 2000
  • Where = Ocean Beach Hospital Education Room

In Solidarity,
Mara Kieval, WSNA Nurse Representative
And your Negotiating Team: Brenda Slagle, Mary Lane, Brad Bell, Marcey Frame


Negotiation Update Day #6

Ocean Beach Nurses,

After our 6th day at the table, the negotiation team was unable to reach an agreement.  Management has refused to seriously consider our safe staffing proposal and instead insists on the right to force every nurse on every shift to be subject to a forced choice between being put on standby or low censused for up to the first four hours of their shift.  We are fighting to protect nurses from daily layoffs.
 
The language of our safe staffing proposal that they are rejecting includes, “The hospital will provide adequate staffing to assure patient safety and the health of nurses.”  How can the hospital reject this?

Stay tuned for upcoming actions we are planning including an important meeting which is imperative that you attend; dates and location to be determined.  Check the WSNA bulletin board to make sure you have added your names and messages of support to the solidarity signs which will be posted by end of the week.  

In Solidarity,
 
Your WSNA Negotiation Team:
Brenda Slagle
Mary Lane
Brad Bell
Marcey Frame

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Negotiation Update #5

Both parties presented full package proposals.  Although management indicated they may back away from some of the major takeaways they proposed including removing the double time premium, major takeaways remain on the table.

Management is demanding the right to force a delay in the start of your shift by either placing you on low census or standby for up to four hours without compensating you with call-back pay.  The proposal in convoluted and confusing (See Below)

Article 8.9.1 – “Calling Off at Beginning of Shift (NEW)
In the event the Hospital decides to begin a nurse’s shift after its scheduled start time, such nurse shall be given the option of either being placed on low census for a period not to exceed four (4) hours or being placed on late start standby for a period not to exceed four (4) hours.  The nurse shall not be subject to low census for the remainder of their shift. All hours worked during the late start standby period will be paid at the appropriate rate.  Nurses who are placed on low census after working part of their shift shall be placed on low census for the entirety of the remainder of their scheduled shift.  Nurses who are called off and subsequently are called and agree to work shall receive overtime pay at one and one half the nurse’s straight time rate of pay for all hours worked beyond the end of the normal shift.”

Your union reps urge you to give feedback on this proposal as we are scheduled to meet in one week on May 24th.

In Solidarity,
Your WSNA Negotiation Team

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Negotiation Update Day #4

Your WSNA negotiation team has completed our fourth day of negotiations.  Management submitted a comprehensive package proposals which included the following lowlights and takeaways:

  • Lowball wage increases of just 1.0%, 1.0%, and 0.5% for each year;
  • Elimination of Double Time for extra shifts worked;
  • Increases of your monthly out of pocket cost for health care coverage from 12.75% to 20.0%;
  • The right to call you off or place you on call for the first 4 hours of your scheduled shift;
  • And more…

Wear your WSNA buttons and t-shirts and keep your eyes out for the new solidarity signs (see picture above) we have ordered for your cars, homes & businesses.  Also, stay tuned for other exciting upcoming events you can participate in to show your solidarity and unity for your negotiating team as we fight for a fair contract.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval @ mkieval@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3051.

In Solidarity,

Your WSNA Negotiation Team:
Mary Lane
Brad Bell
Brenda Slagle
Marcey Frame

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Negotiations Update

Greetings WSNA nurses,

After three negotiation days at the table, we have received the full opening proposal from management.  Their proposals include but are not limited to:
•    Opening wage increases over the three year contract of just 0.5%, 0.5%, and 0.5% for each year,
•    Elimination of Double Time for extra shifts worked, and
•    Approximately $200.00 increases of your monthly out of pocket cost for health care coverage.

The time is now to show your solidarity with your WSNA team and wear your WSNA buttons and t-shirts!  Ask a team member if you don’t have one.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval @ mkieval@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3051

In Solidarity,
Your WSNA Negotiation Team
Mary Lane
Brad Bell
Brenda Slagle
Michelle Kemmer

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Negotiations Update

Hello WSNA Nurses!

Your negotiation team has now met twice with management.  WSNA has submitted all of our proposals and await management to reciprocate.  Our next sessions are on April 5th and April 12th.  Stay tuned for updates and please like and share our new Facebook page!

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval @ mkieval@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3051

In Solidarity,
Your WSNA Negotiation Team
Mary Lane
Brad Bell
Brenda Slagle
Michelle Kemmer

Negotiations Update

Your negotiation team is pleased to announce that we have completed our first day of contract negotiations with management from Ocean Beach Hospital.  We submitted our initial proposal addressing the issues you identified as your top priorities in the survey and in your communications with the team members.

We are committed to communicating all negotiations' updates to you in a timely and efficient manner.  Our next scheduled dates to meet for negotiations are: March 25th, April 5th and April 12th.  Stay tuned for updates utilizing the following methods:

  1. Email:  
     All updates will be sent to your home email address on file at WSNA. *** (Please update your current home email by emailing WSNA with your name and home email address to wsna@wsna.org)
  2. WSNA Website:
    This Local Unit page
  3. Facebook:
    We have a brand new Facebook page Nursing Strong Ocean Beach.  Please like our page.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Mara Kieval @ mkieval@wsna.org, or 206-575-7979 ext: 3051

In Solidarity,
Your WSNA Negotiation Team

Mary Lane
Brad Bell
Brenda Slagle
Michelle Kemmer

Contract Negotiations Survey

It is time for WSNA and the negotiations team to hear from you on what issues you would like to be addressed.  Please take just a few moments to answer just a few questions on our online survey to help us better understand what is important to you.  The team uses the information that you provide as a guide in representing your priorities at the negotiation table.  Your negotiation team appreciates you taking the time to complete this very brief survey.  

The team will be primarily using email to communicate with you all so be sure to update your current home email address on the survey.

United We Bargain; Divided We Beg!

Local Unit Meeting

In order to prepare for upcoming negotiations, the negotiations team needs to meet with you all to discuss what your priorities and top issues are.  Please plan on dropping into the meeting if only for a few minutes so that we can hear from each and every one of you.  See you there!

When:
Friday, December 18th

When:
5:00pm-9:00pm

Where:
Lamplighter, 1101 - 39th Pl., Seaview

WSNA Officer Election results are in!

Your newly elected WSNA officers are as follows:

Chair
Brenda Slagle

Vice Chair
Mary Lane

Secretary
Teresa Ekdahl

Treasurer
Marcey Frame

Grievance Officer
Michelle Kemmer

Thank you all for participating in the nomination and elections process. Our unity and strength depend on all of us working together. Please help me congratulate your newly elected officers!

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