CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital


Negotiation update

We met for our seventh negotiation session Nov. 7, 2019. We are continuing to fight for a settlement that includes a fair resolution to our last and important issues, economics, including wages, premiums and overtime. Our next meeting is Dec. 3, 2019.

Thanks to everyone that came to the union meeting on Oct. 15 at the hospital.

In solidarity,
Your negotiating team:
Anna Pyfrom and Heather Wantz

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

Negotiation update meeting

Attention all CHI Franciscan Rehab Hospital RNs!

We will hold a negotiation update meeting in the 2nd floor dayroom on:

October 15, 2019
5:15-7:15 PM

The WSNA attorney and Nurse Rep, Hanna Welander, will be there to help answer questions. Please be sure to attend.

In solidarity,

Anna Pyfrom and Heather Wantz, WSNA Negotiating Team

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander, at hwelander@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, Ext. 3035.

Negotiation session #6

We made significant progress on Oct. 8, our sixth session. We are establishing the building blocks for a good contract. We have reached tentative agreements on the following:

  • just cause language that protects nurses from unfair discipline;
  • successorship language that will ensure that the contract will survive any future sale (this is not being contemplated!);
  • staffing committee language that will give nurses a voice in administering the staffing plans at the hospital.

At our next session we will focus on economics including our proposal for daily overtime which we know is very important to you.

We are planning a local unit meeting and are exploring the date and time. Watch your mail and emails for further updates.

In solidarity,

Anna Pyfrom and Heather Wantz

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3035.

Negotiation update

Negotiation session #5

We met again for our fifth negotiation session on September 24, 2019. We still have some weighty issues to be negotiated, but we are making progress on some of the basic structures of the union contract. Today we reached agreement on the grievance procedure which we use to enforce our contract. We still have significant issues to address including the employer’s insistence on increasing the cost of our health insurance benefits.

Reminder! Please complete an Staffing Complaint/ADO (assignment despite objection) Form

Protect your license, protect your patients, fill out a Staffing Complaint Form/ADO. What happens to your ADO? A copy of the ADO goes to both co-chairs of the Nurse Staffing Committee and your WSNA Nurse Representative. Here are examples of when you should fill one out:

  • Forced / mandatory overtime
  • An assignment poses a serious threat to the health and safety of a patient under your direct care


For questions about how to complete a staffing complaint/ADO form, contact Anna Pyfrom or Heather Wantz for assistance.

Our next scheduled negotiation session is October 8, 2019.

For any other questions, contact Hanna Welander, at hwelander@wsna.org 206-575-7979, Ext. 3035.

Negotiation update #4

We met for our fourth negotiation session on August 15, 2019. The employer came with a proposal to reduce our health benefits by eliminating the 900/1800 plan and removing the Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield and increasing nurses’ premium costs. The new third party plan administrator is Meritain Health/Aetna and we are researching what changes may take place in your access to medical care with this new plan.

Based on feedback from nurses, we have made a proposal for a fair and equitable wage and step system. This recognizes value in seniority. Thanks to everyone that came to the local unit meeting on August 7, 2019. Watch for more to come!

Ask us how to load the Staffing Complaint/ADO form on your phone for easy submission..

Our next session is Sept. 24, 2019.

In solidarity from your Negotiating Team,
Anna Pyfrom and Heather Wantz

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

Local unit meeting

Rehab

August 7, 2019: Anna Pyfrom and Heather Wantz, WSNA negotiating team members, visit with Francisca Grande and Maria Scanlon-Coen at the local unit meeting.

Negotiation update

We met for our third negotiation session today and we are still making strides. We came to agreement on a couple of articles. We introduced language on nurse staffing and workplace violence because our priorities are to make sure that nurses can deliver safe patient care.

Food and conversation:

Come and meet with your negotiating team, WSNA attorney and Nurse Rep to hear about your contract! Please RSVP to Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org or call (206) 575-7979, Ext. 3035.

August 7, 2019, from 4-8 p.m.

Denny’s
5924 6th Ave
Tacoma, WA 98406
(253) 565-6037

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org or call (206) 575-7979, Ext. 3035.

Negotiation update

We met for our second negotiation session with Kindred management on July 24, 2019. We made more headway but are still working on multiple important issues. Next session will be July 31, 2019. The following week of August 5, 2019, we will be holding Local Unit Meetings to hear your questions and concerns, so watch for an update.

In solidarity
from your negotiating team,
Anna Pyfrom and Heather Wantz


Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at 206-575-7979, ext. 3035 or hwelander@wsna.org

Negotiation update

Your bargaining team received a proposal from the hospital to increase wages while we continue our negotiations for a first contract. In order to make sure that nurses at the hospital receive raises immediately, we have agreed to the employer’s proposal. Under the proposal, regular status nurses (nurses with an FTE) will receive wage increases based on your performance evaluation based on the following formula:

  1. Regular full-time and regular part-time nurses hired 90 days or more before June 2, 2019 will receive raises to their wage rates as follows:
    • Nurses who received a performance evaluation rating of 3 – 1.8%
    • Nurses who received a performance evaluation rating of 4 – 2.2%
    • Nurses who received a performance evaluation rating of 5 – 2.5%
  1. The above described raises will be applied retroactively to June 2, 2019. The retroactive payment will be prorated based on the number of months the nurse worked within the previous 12 months. For example, if a nurse has worked 6 full months at the time of the increase and received a “5” rating, said nurse will receive a 1.25% increase effective June 2, 2019. Likewise, if the same nurse with 6 full months received a “4” rating, she would receive a 1.1% increase effective June 2, 2019.

Please note, your bargaining team does not agree that pay increases based on performance evaluations is a fair or ethical method of determining compensation. You have called for a step system and we will continue to fight for a step system. In agreeing to the employer’s proposal, your bargaining team made it very clear that we did so on a non-precedent setting basis with the reserved right to make a full economic proposal in our ongoing negotiations. We will present that proposal in the weeks ahead.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at 206-575-7979, ext. 3035 or hwelander@wsna.org.

WSNA Negotiation Update - session 1

Negotiations went well on our first day. We are still in the very beginning phases and it will take time. We are putting together the building blocks of our contract, to make sure that we nurses have a strong and effective voice.

The next negotiation date is Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Stay tuned for more information

In solidarity from your negotiating team:

Anna Pyform and Heather Wantz

Questions? Please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org or (206) 575-7979, ext. 3035.

Important negotiation update

We are beginning the process of negotiating our first WSNA contract with CHI Franciscan Rehabilitation Hospital. This is an exciting and important step in ensuring that nurses have a meaningful voice in our hours, wages and working conditions.

The pre-negotiation surveys are in! These will help us negotiate your first WSNA contract! Thanks to everyone that participated. The surveys are used to help us prepare our initial proposal. This proposal will be presented to management on the first day of negotiations.

The first negotiation session will take place June 6, 2019. Watch for updates in your home emails.

In solidarity from your negotiating team:

Heather Wantz, Anna Pyform and Giselle DeGuzman

Questions? Please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org or (206) 575-7979, ext. 3035.