Your local officers have been in discus­sion with manage­ment about the effects of the pandemic on nurses at Island. We are happy to announce we have an agree­ment that benefits all. The complete MOU (Memorandum Of Under­standing) is avail­able on the local unit website or by clicking on the button below.

Highlights include the following:

  • Paid admin­is­tra­tive leave for employer mandated quarantine
  • Immediate access to EIB for COVID-related illness
  • Access to testing for suspected exposure
  • Rapid notifi­ca­tion to employees of COVID-positive patients and exposure risk
  • The ability for ANY nurse who experi­ences a reduc­tion in their FTE hours to apply for unemploy­ment with employer backing and no contest. Appli­ca­tions are through the ESD (Employ­ment Security Department).
  • HR repre­sen­ta­tives will assist nurses with guidance to all avail­able leaves.

If you are unsure of the benefits for unemploy­ment insur­ance, we have done some math. We are providing this infor­ma­tion so that nurses may make the best decision they can for themselves and their families.

UIC (unemploy­ment insur­ance) will pay a max of ~$730 a week plus the $600 extra Federal stimulus. That makes a person poten­tially able to bring in $5320 every 4 weeks.

These are the numbers repre­senting income for every 4 weeks. (Gross not net*)

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We are aware that the nurses from a small select depart­ments have already been able to apply for and collect unemploy­ment and those nurses will remain unaffected by this MOU – nothing changes for you with regards to your status or unemploy­ment claims.

Most nurses, however, can now be paid for the low census days they are facing. In return for the finan­cial benefits to most nurses, we have agreed to low census cap changes temporarily until June 30, 2020.

We know we will all hear a lot in the coming months about the finan­cial status of the hospital as a result of the pandemic. It has hit the small commu­ni­ties the hardest. Consid­ering that, we are very pleased to have this agree­ment which will preserve jobs, benefits and seniority but still allow finan­cial compen­sa­tion to nurses and assist the hospital in its recovery. We are hoping to see changes and a return to a new normal very soon.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of your officers or Sue Dunlap directly for any questions or concerns. You are appre­ci­ated and valued and heroes in this time. We are proud to work along­side you.

Your WSNA Local Unit Officers
Kimberly A. McClure, RN — Chair
Heather Bush, BSN, RN — Vice-Chair
Stefanie Meyer, RN — Treasurer


Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sue Dunlap at sdunlap@wsna.org.