Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Contract Ratification Vote

Date:
August 3, 2016

Times:
0600-0900
1400-1700
1800-2100

Place:
Providence Auditorium (Must be a member in good standing to vote)

Correction to the Contract General Summary:

The Contract General Summary posted earlier today on the WSNA website erroneously stated that the certification premium will increase from $1.00 to $1.25. In fact, the current amount for the certification premium is $1.25 and will not change. The Contract General Summary has been updated to reflect this correction.

Corrected Contract General Summary

We have a Tentative Contract Agreement!

We fought hard in these Negotiations!  Thanks to all of you for standing together.  By supporting us with your petition signing, your poster comments, wearing t-shirts and buttons, walking in solidarity, and displaying yard signs, we succeeded in getting a Tentative Contract Agreement that we are recommending. We are working on getting a date for the contract vote so please watch for the announcement to come soon.  (Must be a member in good standing to vote on the contract)

Contract General Summary

Thank you—Your 2016 LU Negotiating Team:
Deb Perry (NICU), 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)

Negotiations Update

  • Your bargaining team has had two more days of federal mediation on June 28th and July 6th.
  • Your effort of unity and show of force are paying off. Because of this, we have made progress on core issues.
  • A few tentative agreements were made on June 28th which included raises in night shift differential and preceptor premium.
  • Our next mediation date is scheduled for July 11th.

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Negotiation Update

  • Your bargaining team has had its third day of federal mediation on June 8th.  Our next scheduled date is June 28th.
  • Patient safety has been a constant driving issue at negotiations.  From the start of negotiations, we have had discussions across the table with management about staffing, call, overtime, sitters and rest between shifts.  All of these issues can affect patient safety.
  • Your team is working very hard to move management off the take-aways and fight to preserve insurance benefits.
  • Here is what you can do:
    • Join in the “Solidarity Stroll” June 21st. We will all meet at 0800 on the corner of Spokane Falls Blvd and Post near the Bloomsday runners at Riverfront Park.  Wear your WSNA shirts.  Invite your family and friends.
    • Pick up yard signs:  June 20th at Cowley Park (between 6th and 7th Ave off Division) - between 0630-0830.
    • Keep wearing your WSNA pins to work.
    • Tuesday is Bluesday! Wear blue to work on Tuesdays.

Negotiation Update

  • Thank you everyone for coming to the “show of force” on the morning of May 31st!!  What a great turn out.   A group of your peers and a community member delivered over 2000 petitions to administration to show that nurses and the community are united and standing behind our Negotiation Team in solidarity.  An extra thank you goes out to the contract action team:  Sheri Havel, Susan Stauffer, Margit Walker and Clint Wallace, for organizing and working the event.
  • Your bargaining team had its first day of federal mediation on May 31st and we have two more days scheduled for June 7th and 8th.
  • Management has not given us a wage counter and has not changed their proposals on benefits.
  • Six years ago Sacred Heart cut our pension plan and three years ago, management took away a really good health plan and replaced it with a high deductible plan.  Now they want to be able to try to reduce our health benefits during the life of the new contract.  Enough is enough!
  • Don’t miss attending one of the Local Unit Meetings below for more details and discussion on upcoming actions.

Bring a co-worker!

June 14th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall (1912 N. Division St. #200 Spokane, WA):

  • 0800-0900
  • 1330-1430
  • 1600-1700
  • 2000-2100

Negotiation Update

  • Your bargaining team has had a tenth day of contract negotiations with management.  Management has reiterated their benefits proposals.
  • We will be heading to mediation on May 31st.  We also have June 8th scheduled.
  • Don’t miss attending one of the local unit meetings below for more negotiation details and to hear the real truth on benefits.  Bring a co-worker.  Silence is acceptance; we want to hear from you.

May 24th, 2016 at the Teamsters Union Hall (1912 N. Division St. #200 Spokane, WA):

  • 0800-0900
  • 1330-1430
  • 1600-1700
  • 2000-2100

We will have yard signs and t-shirts to pass out.  
Also do not forget to bring back your signed petitions.

 
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Action Alert

The energy is increasing, and it’s time to make a move!
 
WSNA and your negotiation team are asking you, the bargaining unit, to begin circulating a petition in efforts to collect signatures from nurses and the public to show support for our team at the bargaining table.
 
On Wednesday, May 11th, Your WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer BSN, RN, and WSNA Organizer Jaclyn Perkins BSN, RN will be at Cowley Park below the East parking garage handing out petitions and car signs for you to pick up.  Stop by anytime from 1300 to 1600 on May 11th to get your documents!

Additionally, we are looking for members to create a Contract Action Team.  Let us know if we can count on you to support your Bargaining Unit in this way!

You’re ramped up!  You’re ready! Let’s put that energy into Action!

If you have not “Liked” the Facebook page, it’s not too late!  Go to “Sacred Heart RNs - Nurses at the Heart
 
Questions?  Contact Jaclyn Perkins, BSN RN, Nurse Organizer 1-800-231-8482 ext: 3118 or jperkins@wsna.org.

Negotiation Update

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!

Some Cuts Don’t Heal!

Negotiations Update

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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