American Medical Response

It was announced this week that Teamsters at AMR have given a 10-day notice of intent to strike

What does this mean for AMR registered nurses?

Our contract language determines what you can and cannot do. As a result, WSNA must recommend that all registered nurses, in the event of a strike, report to their designated areas as assigned. Registered nurses are not allowed to boycott their duties or refuse to cross the picket line.

While nurses will continue to have to perform their duties, we want Teamsters to feel supported and receive a fair contract. The members, leaders and staff of WSNA will work to assist in every way possible so that they have a positive outcome.

For questions specific to the Teamster’s strike and your role, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Terri Williams, MS, RN at twilliams@wsna.org.

In Unity,

Terri Williams, MS, RN and Ed Zercher, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representatives

Announcing changes in WSNA nurse representative

Please welcome WSNA Nurse Representative Terri Williams, MS, RN. Beginning Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, Terri will be taking over all new issues as they arise at American Medical Response. I will finish up most of the outstanding matters to their conclusion and assist Terri in the coming months, as needed.

Terri can be reached at twilliams@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3058.

It has been a pleasure working with all of the AMR RNs. I am continuing my work here at WSNA as a nurse representative with a few new assignments. I will miss the AMR nurses but know you will be in good hands with Terri.

All my best to you,

Ed Zercher, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep
206-575-7979, ext. 3022

Negotiation update

Your WSNA negotiation team of registered nurses has met with AMR management and administration for our first scheduled bargaining session on Tuesday, Nov. 20.

Both sides exchanged initial proposals and had discussions around those proposals. Our next bargaining date is scheduled for Jan. 22 and 23. We will have lengthy discussions around economics at that time and have more to share with the bargaining unit.

It is not too late to be a part of the negotiation team representing you and your colleagues on important contract issues!

If you have questions, comments or concerns about our contract, please contact Nurse Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org.

In unity,

Your WSNA Negotiation Team of Registered Nurses

2018 negotiation update

We, your WSNA negotiation team, have met for a second time on Wednesday, Oct. 31.

Together with WSNA Attorney Lane Toensmeier and Representative Ed Zercher, we went through the contract and surveys and further narrowed our priorities for our upcoming bargaining sessions.

We were not only able to identify several of our priorities but we also now have a strategy in place to ensure an outcome that all RNs will be able to support.

We want you to know that it is your feedback and survey responses that are directing our priorities and decisions.

United we bargain, divided we beg.

In solidarity,

Your 2018 WSNA Negotiations Team: Dave McClure, RN and Mark Strohbusch, RN

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org.

Your WSNA Negotiations Team met for our first negotiations prep session on Friday, Oct. 19

We are thrilled that four RNs have expressed interest in being on this year’s negotiation team. We reviewed the survey responses, considered recent grievances and ULP as part of this comprehensive review. We also reviewed the current contract looking for articles in need of updating.

A big thanks to Dave McClure for his contributions to our discussions.

Your priorities are driven by your survey responses, the recent history of employer application of contract and one-on-one conversations with members and leaders. We will be meeting with WSNA attorney Lane Toensmeier in the next couple of weeks to set priorities and set a bargaining strategy.

We are looking at dates in late November to begin negotiations with the employer.

Feel free to reach out to WSNA Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Contract survey – 2018 is underway!

The current contract between WSNA and American Medical Response expires Dec. 31, 2018. This survey is the first step in our preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical in determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of the negotiations.

Take a moment to complete this survey now. The survey can be found here and has been sent to all members via email. The power of representation comes from the willingness of registered nurses to unite; our strength is in unity! Remember, in order for WSNA to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the negotiation table, we need your support and involvement.

For additional questions or concerns, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org.

Surveys need to be completed by 5 p.m. on Wed., Sept. 19.

WSNA files unfair labor practice charges with National Labor Relations Board

WSNA has filed the attached Board Charge with the Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board to force AMR to respect our bargaining unit.

The Charge asserts that AMR has violated federal labor law by refusing to recognize WSNA as the bargaining agent for all nurses employed by AMR in the Greater Seattle Metropolitan Area.

WSNA will continue to advance the Board Charge and seek all remedies available under the law. Please stay tuned as we may contact some of you to provide statements or testimony in support of the case.

Please contact your WSNA Nurse Representatives Hanna Welander at hwelander@WSNA.org or Travis Elmore at telmore@WSNA.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3117 to get involved or if you have questions.

Convention 2017

Don't miss the upcoming Washington State Nurses Convention May 3-5! At Convention, we’ll be diving deep into one the top issues for registered nurses today: Creating a Culture of Safety. Register today for early bird pricing and hotel discounts (through March 30). Some local units are sponsoring attendance at Convention. Check with your local unit officers.

Important Survey Regarding Major Schedule Changes and Rebid!

Your WSNA Local Unit Officers have met twice with management to discuss concerns about the proposed schedule changes in the upcoming rebid. Most of you have already submitted your bids but it’s not too late to see if we can help if you need it. All of us are concerned that some nurses will leave because the changes are major, and we do not want that to happen.

Please take a moment and answer this short survey. Your answers are confidential and information will be presented in aggregate form. The survey closes Tuesday at 12:00 PM, so hurry!

If you have any questions, please speak with one of your Local Unit Officers, or call your WSNA Nurse Rep, Hanna Welander, 206-575-7979, Ext. 3035, or email hwelander@wsna.org.

The contract has been ratified!

Thanks to all of the bargaining unit members who came to vote on your contract. The contract was overwhelmingly ratified and takes effect January 1, 2016, and is effective until December 31, 2018.

Once the legislative/redline version has been finalized, the contract will be posted on your WSNA webpage. Notice will be sent out to let you know.

For any questions, please contact Hanna Welander, Nurse Rep at (206) 575-7979, ext. 3035, or email hwelander@wsna.org.

Voting Reminder for All AMR RNs!

This is a reminder to come and vote on your new contract this coming Tuesday and Wednesday.

Summary of Changes

Location: Tukwila Operations, Conference Room B (second floor)
December 22, 2015, 0900-1200
December 23, 2015, 0700-0930

Your Negotiating Team recommends this contract for ratification

For any questions, please call Hanna Welander, WSNA Nurse Rep at (206) 575-7979, or email hwelander@wsna.org

Contract Ratification Vote December 22nd and 23rd

Contract Negotiations have Concluded!

Your negotiating team has succeeded in getting you a tentative agreement for 2016-2018. There are increases in wages and night shift differential, increased dress and uniform allowance, an additional health care plan available in 2017, and no significant takeaways. Your team finished in four sessions!

The vote will be held on the following dates/times in Conference Room B at Tukwila Operations. At that time we will have available a redline (legislative) version of the contract for your review and a summary of the changes. However, we will post a summary on the WSNA / AMR web page for your review on or about December 18th. Notification will be sent via Informz, our e-news bulletin, to the email address we have on file for you.
December 22, 2015 from 9 AM to 12 PM
December 23, 2015 from 7 AM to 9:30 AM

For any questions, please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Hanna Welander at (206) 575-7979, Ext. 3035 or email hwelander@wsna.org.

Negotiations Update

Your WSNA negotiating team has been hard at work negotiating your new contract. We presented an entire proposal on November 11, 2015. AMR gave us a comprehensive proposal on December 1, 2015, and we are working through economics and working conditions. Your team members are Dave McClure, Ray Schroeder, Tom Keolker, and Colette Bartsma. We are having a marathon session from December 1st through the 3rd. Watch for updates.

For any questions, please contact your WSNA Nurse Rep Hanna Welander at (206) 575-7979, Ext. 3035 or email hwelander@wsna.org.

Contract Negotiations Survey

The 2015 contract negotiation survey is currently online. Please take a moment to provide this valuable information to your negotiating team.

Deadline for surveys is August 3, 2015.