We regret to inform you that an error occurred during a recent distri­b­u­tion of a meal break Waiver and Release” form at CWH. The Waiver and Release” distrib­uted to WSNA nurses is not the version that was agreed upon by the parties.

The previ­ously distrib­uted Waiver and Release” indicates that WSNA had previ­ously negoti­ated to waive your right to a second meal break. WSNA has always taken the position that we cannot negotiate away your right to a second meal break. WSNA would not agree to waive your meal break even if the law were to permit us to do so. This is a decision for each nurse to make after becoming informed on the issue.

Addition­ally, the previ­ously distrib­uted Waiver and Release” purports to waive your right to any recovery in a pending lawsuit against CWH based on the notion that WSNA had previ­ously agreed to waive your right to a second meal break. WSNA has consis­tently informed the hospital that it does not have a position in any pending litiga­tion with CWH. WSNA does not believe that the previ­ously distrib­uted Waiver and Release” can effec­tively waive your right to any recovery. Never­the­less, we strongly urge you to refrain from signing that Waiver and Release”. You should know that, by law, any waiver of a meal break is revocable at any time. There­fore, WSNA encour­ages anybody who has signed the previ­ously distrib­uted Waiver and Release” to sign the Revoca­tion of Meal Break Waiver and Release”.

Despite the confu­sion over the Waiver and Release”, we under­stand that many nurses would like to waive their right to a second meal break. By law, a nurse working a 12-hour shift is entitled to two 30-minute unpaid meal breaks. These meal breaks are in addition to three 15-minute paid rest breaks. By waiving the second meal break, a nurse can work a 12-hour shift (including one unpaid 30-minute meal period and three paid 15-minute rest breaks) within a 12.5‑hour period. You are free to make that decision if that is your preference.

The right to waive a meal break is completely volun­tary. The hospital is not allowed to retal­iate against you if you decide to take both meal breaks. Also, a waiver of a second meal break is revocable at any time. If, after becoming fully informed on the issue, you would like to waive your right to a second meal break, you may do so by signing the Meal Period and Rest Break Acknowl­edge­ment.

Please return any signed forms, either Revoca­tions or Acknowl­edge­ments, to Thomas Chris­tensen, CWH Human Resources at:

Central WA Hospital
ATTN: Tom Chris­tensen
1201 S Miller St
Wenatchee, WA 98801