Contract bargaining update

Last night WSNA and the employer concluded the sixth session of bargaining. Our WSNA strategic researcher presented data demonstrating how WSNA proposals will benefit EvergreenHealth and provide quality health care to the community. We impressed upon the employer that there is a great need to invest in nursing staff now more than ever.

Management provided counterproposals that indicated they had heard our nursing retention and recruitment concerns. However, there is still disagreement regarding what would be most effective. We have made progress in wages, job protections, and innovative positions that offer more options for nurse schedules. We have not agreed to any of these areas and will continue to push for significant improvements. We overall still have concerns regarding the employer’s proposals.

We look forward to our next meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 15, with a desire to make significant progress towards finalizing our contract. If we cannot make satisfactory progress, we will assess the following steps to ensure nurses get what they deserve. We will continue to inform you of how you can best help us achieve this goal.

We need your help!

Please continue to file ADOs to show your unit’s deficits.

ADOs and stories from your experiences help support the necessity of our proposals. Please continue to share your stories of what working on the floor is like to WSNA Organizer Tara Barnes by using this online form - https://wsna.to/staffingjotform.

You can show your support in fighting for a fair contract by grabbing a few peers and hold up a sign that shows your support in a photo! Send the photo to WSNA Organizer Tara Barnes at tbarnes@wsna.org. We can do together what we cannot do alone.

In unity,

Your bargaining team:
Alicia O’Neal – Hospice Center
Beth Volk – 7 Silver OSN
Holly Baker – ED – Local Unit Treasurer
Jamie Amick – PACU
Karen Lasota – Home Hospice
Lexi Overa – ED
Sandy Gott – FMC – Griev­ance Officer
Theresa Blazer – FMC – Local Unit Chair