Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Come Vote!

Come vote on a memorandum of understanding concerning the education and training of Registered Nurses from other facilities not employed by the Medical Center.
The full memorandum will be present for you to read at the vote.

The Vote will occur:
September 7th, 2016


Mother Joseph Room at SHMC

Must be a member in good standing to Vote.

The Contract has been Ratified!

  • Please thank your Negotiating Team and the Contract Action Committee for volunteering their time and doing such a great job.
  • Your new contract will be available here in the near future.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact:

Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
1-800-231-8482, Ext. 3112

Contract Ratification Vote

August 3, 2016


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.

Keep wearing your WSNA pins to work!

Tuesday is Bluesday! Wear blue to work on Tuesdays!

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.

Like and share our Facebook page:
Nurses at the Heart - Let’s Stand Together!

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

Visit the Facebook page for the WSNA local unit at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center

Have your Local Unit featured in the Washington Nurse Magazine!

The Washington State Nurses Foundation is challenging each local unit to submit a basket or other item to the foundation's silent auction at Leadership in Chelan this September! (Minimum basket or item value $50.00, please.)

Proceeds from the Foundation auction are used to provide scholarships to nursing students in Washington State.

A winning basket or item will be chosen in each category and that unit will have a photo featured in the next issue of the Washington Nurse Magazine!

Categories or themes are: Ship/Cruise, Pet, Spa/Self-care, Sports, Seasonal/Fall

To participate, simply bring the basket with you when you check in at the registration desk at Leadership.

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