CWH management has given us 14-days’ notice to suspend the COVID Shift MOU. Their reasoning is that the numbers of positive patients have consistently come down.
Grievance and Arbitration updates
We won two big arbitrations regarding two nurses who were terminated by CWH. In both of the arbitrators’ decisions, both nurses were awarded their job back with back pay including all benefits. They have both chosen to not to return to work at CWH but they are still entitled to the back pay to make them whole. This was a very long process that has taken 3 years from the date of filing the grievance to finally having the arbitration hearings.
We currently have a grievance for the STAT nurses that has bee advanced to arbitration.
There have been many resolved grievances over the years. These were the first grievances that were advanced to arbitration in at least 15 years. The process works. If you believe there has been a violation of the contract, please contact the grievance officers.
Appointments and changes in the WSNA Officers
We have recently had a few vacancies that are now filled. We want to welcome the newly appointed officers and thank all the current and past officers for their hard work and dedication to representing you in bargaining, Conference Committee, Staffing Committee, and many other duties.
Nick Jackson: Chair
Lorna Sebastian: Co-chair
Paul Molenaar: Membership
Sara Bergenholtz: Membership
Paul Stamilio: Grievance officer
Karla Bourgeois: Grievance officer
Stefanie Gates: Secretary/Treasurer
Brad Piers: Communications Officer
Representation Rights (AKA Weingarten Rights)
If you are asked to meet with your manager, you have the right to ask if this could lead to discipline. If management says yes, you have a right to representation at that meeting. If they say “no” but during the course of the investigatory meeting you believe this could become disciplinary, you have a right to ask that the meeting stop so you can find a representative available to be in the meeting. That representative should be one of your WSNA officers who doesn’t work in the department you work in.
Have you been given a patient assignment that you do not feel comfortable in accepting, you need to voice your concerns. If your department isn’t following its’ own staffing plan, file an ADO. It’s also known as a “Staffing Complaint Form”.
Want to join the 2021 Washington State Nurses Convention for FREE?
Because of our move to a virtual convention, we’re able to offer registration for the low price of $50 for WSNA members (with code) and $100 for nonmembers. But if you reserve your spot for sponsorship, your Local Unit will reimburse the $50 member registration fee.
Just register and attend, then submit to your local unit for reimbursement. You must be a WSNA member to get the free registration.
Convention gives you the opportunity to:
Earn up to 8.25 CNE – for free!
Join together with nurses from around the state.
Hear from inspiring speakers.
Explore stories from the front lines of the pandemic with a panel of your peers.
Celebrate nurses’ achievements, dedication and strength.
And you can do it all wearing fuzzy slippers from the comfort of your own recliner!
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.