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Kadlec Regional Medical Center


Negotiations update


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We met with the administration on Dec. 10 for our eighth session of bargaining. We offered a full package proposal at 11 a.m. with hopes of reaching a tentative agreement. After 4 p.m., the administration returned with a partial response that did not include replies to our workplace violence language or staffing proposal. Furthermore, the administration's partial responses were predicated on us accepting their PTO proposal.

We would like to thank everyone who was able to attend the Unity dinner and leave messages on the posters that we presented to the administration yesterday. The administration is just not hearing us.

Talk to us, your negotiating team, and sign the petition to SAVE OUR PTO!

In solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI)

Questions? Call our nurse rep, Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN, at 206-858-2139.


Our Unity Dinner was a huge success


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Thank you to all who attended the Unity Dinner last night. The dinner was a huge success because you were there. Those who had to work or couldn’t attend due to other obligations, thank you for your support.

LU Co-Chair Jacob Garcia, RN presented a PowerPoint presentation that analyzed the employers’ PTO proposal. To those who want to see it again or see it for the first time, you can find it under the Contract & Documents tab or you can download it here.

If you have any questions regarding the proposal and what it means for you, feel free to contact Jayson Dick at Jayson.dick@wsna.org or 206-858-2139.

Remember to sign the Unity posters and the petition to show your support of our negotiating team.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI)


Negotiation update


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We had a very productive day at the table and were able to reach a few tentative agreements.

We are still VERY far apart on key issues:

  • We are fighting big takeaways to our PTO and Health Plan.
  • We are insisting on better staffing and safety for patients
  • Wages are still to come

Our team will be discussing these issues at our upcoming free unity dinner on Dec. 4., hosted by your negotiation team and officers.

Tuesday, Dec. 4
5-8 p.m.
Clover Island Inn, 4th floor
435 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick, WA
Send your RSVP to wsna@wsna.org.

Please plan to attend and RSVP if you haven’t done so already. You will be hearing from key speakers including our chief negotiator Dave Campbell and WSNA President Jan Bussert.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI)

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN at 206-858-2139.


Announcing WSNA nurse representative change


Dear WSNA members at Kadlec,

For the past nine years, I have had the pleasure of serving as your WSNA nurse representative. I’ve seen tremendous growth in our local unit officers and the unit as a whole. While I am sad to say I have been reassigned, I am certain you are in great hands with Jayson Dick. Some of you may know him already as a former employee at Kadlec.

Jayson has been with WSNA in his nurse representative role for five years and has been doing an outstanding job. Please welcome him.

I will be finishing out negotiations and grievances that I have started and Jayson will now be taking on any new issues going forward.

His contact information is:

Jayson.dick@wsna.org
Cell: 206-858-2139

Thank you again for letting me serve you.

Sincerely,

Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative


The latest scoop at Kadlec


Show Of Support

Thank you to everyone who came out as a show of support. Your efforts mean a lot to the entire negotiating team.

Negotiations update: day six

On Nov. 13, day six of negotiations, we presented a new staffing proposal. There was some movement on workplace violence from management. They assured us that they are hiring more security and will be increasing signage regarding the zero-tolerance policy on aggressive behavior. We exchanged a number of counter-proposals; however, we are still far apart on many issues. We are working on scheduling more dates to meet with management. Our next session is on Nov. 27.

T-shirts are here

Come pick up your new WSNA T-shirts Thursday, Nov. 15, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Cafeteria.

Unity Dinner

Keep an eye on your email for more updates on the Dec. 4 Unity Dinner. Be sure to RSVP! We are lining up some speakers and working on the agenda. We’ll have WSNA Attorney David Campbell there to talk about the current climate of negotiations.

Safe nurses = safe patients

Your WSNA Negotiation Team: Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI)

November 2018 Kadlec Negotiating Team

You are invited to a Unity Dinner


Hosted by your negotiation team and officers

Tuesday, Dec. 4
5-8 p.m.
Clover Island Inn, 4th floor
435 Clover Island Drive, Kennewick, WA

Dinner and soft drinks will be provided

Send your RSVP to wsna@wsna.org.

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Safe nurses = safe patients


Sedgwick issues and survey:

Having problems with Sedgwick? We need to hear from you. We’ve been told by management/HR that Sedgwick is working just fine and that there haven’t been any issues. We, your nurse representative and LU officers, have been hearing differently. If you have had to use Sedgwick in the past three years, take a few minutes to fill out the Sedgwick survey. We need this information by our next session – please do not wait.

Next steps for negotiations:

We have two more dates scheduled for negotiations and anticipate having to schedule more dates. Our confirmed dates are Nov. 13 and 27.

Update on T-shirts:

We are hoping to have the T-shirts in by our next negotiation session on Nov. 13. More to come on how to get your T-shirt as well as other activities. Check the LU website and FB page regularly.

STAT Team meeting:

If you are on our STAT team or would like to be more involved, our next STAT meeting is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 29, from 5:30-7 p.m. and 7:15-8:15 p.m. We’ll be meeting in Columbia I and II.

Support SEIU 1199:

SEIU is still in negotiations for their first contract at Kadlec. Show your support by wearing their stickers. Communicate support to your co-workers who also want a fair contract.


Nurses met with Senator Sharon Brown


After negotiations on Monday, Marianne Sturtevant, Jacob Garcia, Vanessa Douglas and Carmen Garrison met with Washington State Senator Sharon Brown to discuss the recent incidents of workplace violence at Kadlec. Senator Brown was interested to hear directly from nurses about what is needed to help prevent and respond to workplace violence.

Hearing information about the lack of security guards, physical features of patient rooms that are potentially unsafe and the lack of adequate training made an impression on the Senator, whose mom was a nurse. Senator Brown is interested in sponsoring legislation to address workplace violence in the 2019 legislative session.

Meet with Legislators TONIGHT

As demonstrated by the meeting with Senator Brown, now is the best time to meet with legislators to get support for workplace violence legislation in the 2019 session. Right now, legislators can spend 30-60 minutes with us, totally focused on nursing issues. During session, we are lucky to get 10-15 minutes of their time, during which distractions are likely to arise.

You can make a difference TODAY by showing up to the Nurses Speak event tonight. This event will show legislators and candidates why they need to address workplace violence this coming legislative session. Your voice, your stories, and most importantly, your ideas for solutions are critically important at this phase in the process.

Please join us tonight - you are welcome to participate even if you have not registered for the event:

Nurses Speak - Kennewick
Wednesday, Oct. 17 from 5 - 6:30 p.m.
Red Lion Hotel Kennewick Columbia Center (1101 N Columbia Center Blvd Kennewick, WA 99336)


Day 5: Negotiation update


We started today with a strong safety proposal that sets minimum standards to protect nurses from violence, would create a committee with equal members from WSNA that would address violence issues throughout the hospital and would provide income assurance for victims of violence. We asked for action now! We’re waiting for their counter proposal on this.

Team members advocated for nurses regarding floating, which is a high priority. The overuse and abuse of floating and its safety consequences to patients, was described in detail by your team.

Prime-time PTO requests were also addressed, hoping to fix the broken system. At 16:44 management gave us their PTO proposal which has major negatives that include lower caps on PTO accrual, loss of benefits for some employees, and mixed results for the rest. We are still analyzing this proposal. Management are also proposing to cut off use of accrued EIB at the end 2020. We are committed to protecting everyone’s PTO and accrued EIB!

Our next date is November 13. We are working with management for more dates. Watch for further communication from WSNA.


WSNA filed a workplace violence complaint with the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries


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As you may have heard, on Oct. 9, WSNA filed a workplace violence complaint with the Division of Occupational Safety & Health of the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries, regarding safety issues at KRMC. As a result of filing that claim, Tammy Garren, GSP, Safety Inspector with the Department of Labor and Industries, started an unannounced visit the following morning (Oct. 10). She is here to investigate the violations WSNA cited in the complaint.

While she is at the hospital, she will be accompanied by Christina Mackey and Nicole Searls. You have a right to request that they leave the room. You are protected by L&I against any retaliation. If you feel intimidated by asking upper management to leave the room, ask your WSNA Local Unit representatives to be present. On-site interviews are during work time. This will not be counted as your lunch or break.

Opportunity to speak with L&I inspector (without hospital management interference at an off-campus location)

Many of you may have already had the opportunity to speak with Tammy. If you have not spoken with her, or you would like to follow up with her, she will be available to meet with nurses privately on Monday, Oct. 15 and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at an off-campus location. We have reserved a suite at:

Home2 Suites by Hilton Richland
2861 Lincoln Landing
Richland, Washington 99352

Ask for room number at the desk – the reservation is under WSNA.

Oct. 15
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
3 to 6 p.m.

Oct. 16
7:30 to 9 a.m.

You also have the option of contacting her directly:

Tammy Garren, GSP
D: 509-886-6553
C: 509-222-8804
1-800-292-5920
Fax: 509-886-6510
gatl235@Lni.wa.gov

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Negotiations update - day 4


We filed a Department of Safety and Health complaint with L&I over the Hospital’s lack of compliance regarding workplace violence. Within 24 hours of WSNA filing the complaint, we had an investigator on site.

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We had our fourth day of negotiations with management on Oct. 9, 2018. Our entire team contributed to the passionate discussion regarding staffing issues and our staffing proposal at KRMC. We advocated for our bargaining unit regarding staffing concerns and gave management examples of how short-staffed we nurses are.

We notified management that we filed a DOSH (Department of Safety and Health) complaint with L&I over the Hospital’s lack of compliance regarding workplace violence. We are working to assure that safety is a critical issue now!

Management heard your voices, saw the stickers and nurses wearing blue. Management backed off their demand of having part-time nurses pay full premiums, but there are still major benefit issues on the table. Stay tuned.

Management provided us with their economic proposal – their offer is 2% across the board, 2% raises in 2019, 2% in 2020 and 2% in 2021. We believe this is a good start. They have committed to preserving the current steps.

We still have many open proposals and discussion items. Our next dates are Oct. 15 and Nov. 13.

Kellie And Dinese

In Unity and Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Team: Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Maryanne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI).

Let them know you appreciate their commitment to negotiating on your behalf.
Stephanie And Bertha Bc



STAT meetings:

  • Oct. 10 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Columbia II (3rd floor Mountain Pavilion) – Meet Tammy Garren from the Department of Labor and Industries. She will be attending the meeting.
  • Oct. 11 at 7:30-9 a.m. in the Ringold room (1st floor near the tower elevators)
  • Oct. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn, Bradley Blvd, Richland – Meet and greet with Senator Sharon Brown
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Continue to send us your pictures and stories to cgarrison@wsna.org.


Day three, negotiations update


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Workplace Violence

We began the day with demands that the management take immediate steps to improve the hospital’s security. While we plan to make a comprehensive proposal on safety in negotiations, your team stood tall and asked management to take steps to protect nurse safety now! We demanded (1) increase in security personnel, preferably off-duty police and more guards, (2) immediate posting of large prominent signs announcing to patients and visitors Kadlec’s stated no tolerance policy for physical and verbal abuse by patients and visitors in every unit and patient room and (3) placement of guards on all patients with a history of violence in the hospital. While being non-committal on most issues, the hospital has taken a small first step by placing letter size signs announcing “Zero Tolerance” of all “Aggressive Behavior” at nursing stations.

Last week, management planned a meeting with the police to address workplace violence (“WPV")

We were supposed to meet with management and the police to address immediate security concerns, but management announced that the Officer they work with had been reassigned. Rest assured, this issue is being pursued and we are demanding the meeting on our scheduled session on Oct. 15. WPV must be addressed now!

Healthcare benefits

Management wants the right to force part-time employees to pay their entire health care premium, both for nurses and their dependents. They want a fight! We countered with a strong maintenance of benefits clause to force management to obtain your agreement to any changes to the existing Medical Plan.

Staffing and Staffing Committee

We proposed a comprehensive staffing proposal which adds strength to the new State Staffing law and (1) includes guaranteed safeguards to force management to vote with nurses on staffing issues and (2) requires that staffing be adequate to assure breaks, PTO and nursing safety and health.

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Use of PTO for union members on our negotiating team

They have agreed not to force team members to use PTO by allowing them to take the day off unpaid.

Our next session is Oct. 9.

We will be having the following meetings with our members. Please plan to attend one of these meetings:

  • Oct. 10 at 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Columbia II (3rd floor Mountain Pavilion)
  • Oct. 11 at 7:30-9 a.m. in the Ringold room (1st floor near the tower elevators)

Thank you to all those who showed support by wearing the #EndNurseAbuse stickers and wearing blue in solidarity.

We continue to collect your stories of workplace violence (WPV). We are asking you to take pictures of you/your coworkers wearing the #EndNurseAbuse stickers and holding signs of support and solidarity.

Please send those stories and pictures to WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

We show up, we stand up, we speak up.

In unity and solidarity,

Your WSNA negotiating team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Ryan McCauley (ICU) Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI)


What happened at negotiations this week?


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We had a very productive meeting last night


Thank you all who were able to attend. This is a time for us all to be united as one. Our next meetings will be held after our Oct. 9 negotiation date.

Save the dates and plan on attending one of these meetings on Oct. 10 from 7:30-9 p.m. and Oct. 11 from 7:30-9 a.m., location to be determined.

The key moving forward is that we all stand together with one voice.

Please wear blue on Oct. 4 and Oct. 9 to support us, your negotiation team and continue to take pictures of nurses on your unit holding signs of support and unity and send them to cgarrison@wsna.org.

ED assailant charged with assault

The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office has filed charges against the patient who assaulted three nurses, one physician and a security officer on Sept. 9. We applaud the prosecutor for recognizing the seriousness of the incident and the nurses who stepped forward: Jessica Murphy, Karina Bethje and Michael Trunkey.

This is another significant step in our efforts to #EndNurseAbuse now—at Kadlec and across the state and nation.

What takeaways were proposed by management? What progress did we make on workplace safety?

Day two negotiation update:
On the afternoon of our second day, we finally received some of Management’s opening proposals. Proposals are merely management’s wishes; their opening gambit. Your bargaining team is ready for the long fight to come.

Major benefit cuts proposed:
Management is proposing major cuts and premium increases to medical benefits. Late on day two, management finally provided some of their opening proposals, which include:

  • Eliminating The Employer’s Payment of 70% of the cost of dependent coverage for part-time employees;
  • Tying future medical premium to what a “majority” of employees pay, and raising the premium rate increases for full-time employees from 7% to 15% per year for 2019, and 2020;
  • Eliminating the last fully paid employer premium for the Hospital’s core plan in 2020, cutting the Employer contribution to 95%; and
  • Reserving the right to impose further cuts and changes during the Agreement.

While management also proposed a parental leave program which they have yet to fully explain, this hardly offsets the proposed cuts. We, your bargaining team will be aggressively forcing management to turn over the detailed data on their Plan, and stand united in opposition to these cuts!

Workplace Violence challenged with demands for change:
Your bargaining team demanded immediate talks on fixing the major security lapses at Kadlec, exemplified by the recent incidents in ED and ICU. Christine Watts, WSNA’s Senior Director of Labor, laid out a powerful argument that Kadlec is falling far short of protecting its nurses. Relying on WSNA survey responses, and the terrible recent incidents, your bargaining team demanded we meet next week to intervene immediately. In addition, your brave nurses who have been recent victims have stepped forth to speak to the media and post to the internet to raise the entire Nation’s awareness of this critical issue.

Contract termination – no reason to worry:
Kadlec’s communication of yesterday appears calculated to make you worry about WSNA’s notice to terminate your current contract on Nov. 11. Do not be concerned. While the termination of the CBA allows WSNA to take more aggressive action to support its demands, and temporarily limits arbitrations, Federal Law guarantees that all your working conditions, wages and other rights will remain intact. In short, you will notice no change at all in your working conditions.

Your bargaining team is fighting hard on what may be a long road to defeat takeaways and achieve your bargaining priorities; we will be strong, smart and strategic. Be patient and we will keep you fully informed.

Upcoming dates of negotiations are Oct. 4, Oct. 9 and Oct. 15. We are currently looking for more dates.

Kellie And Denise At Outpt Imaging

How often do you see or experience violence in your unit?
Add your voice
to our Workplace Violence & Safe Staffing Survey.

Thanks to all who stopped by the cafeteria today to share your concerns about staffing and workplace safety. Your commitment to your profession and your patients are inspiring! We enjoyed meeting and hearing from you.
– WSNA Senior Director of Labor Christine Watts, MN, RN and WSNA Occupational and Environmental Health Specialist Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S

In solidarity,

Your negotiating team:

Jacob Garcia (CDU)
Martha Galvez (Birth Center)
Vanessa Douglas (ICU)
Toni Ledridge (PAS)
Kathy Peot (Resource)
Marianne Sturtevant (OR)
Meri Bukovinsky (CDU)
Joyce McMurphy (NICU)
(Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab)
Joy Barclay (DI)

For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3113.


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Concerns and questions about your safety and safe staffing?
WSNA Senior Director of Labor Christine Watts, MN, RN and WSNA Occupational and Environmental Health Specialist Karen Bowman, MN, RN, COHN-S will be holding cafeteria time to hear your questions and concerns.

  • Wednesday, Sept. 26, 7 – 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. in the Cafeteria

Be in the know. Attend a post negotiations meeting. Get the latest negotiation update and add your voice to the conversation:

  • Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5-8 p.m. in Columbia rooms 2 & 3 on the 3rd floor of the Mountain Pavilion.
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Wear your buttons and show your union solidarity. Take pictures in your units wearing the buttons and holding signs of support for our team and each other (examples: United for Safety, RNs deserve a fair contract, Protect our Nurses). Email those pictures to WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or text to 206-491-9424.

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More media coverage of the assault on Ashley Leilani Schade and three nurses in the Emergency Department at Kadlec. Read the Tri-City Herald article

Additional assault charges expected
from the Benton County Prosecutor’s Office expected this week related to the attack in the ER earlier this month. Stay tuned for more information.

Hold the date for the Nurses Speak event with legislators and candidates. This event is a unique opportunity for them to hear about the challenges you face on the job every day: October 17, 5-6:30 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel in Kennewick.

Add your voice to our Workplace Violence & Safe Staffing Survey. Just 1 out of every 4 respondents so far say they have enough staff the to handle the workload on their unit. What about your unit?

In solidarity,

Your local unit officers:

Jacob Garcia, Vice Chair djacobg@gmail.com

Vanessa Douglas, Secretary vanessa.p.douglas@gmail.com

Joan Guercia, Treasurer
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Martha Galvez, Chair martha.a.galvez@gmail.com

Kathy Peot, Grievance OfficerKpeot2@charter.net

Toni Ledridge, Grievance Officer tledridge@gmail.com

Raquel Johnson, Member-at-Large raquel.johnson65@gmail.com


Silent no more – making a difference in workplace safety


Since our last communication with you, much has happened around the recent workplace violence incidents at Kadlec.

  • Assailant charged – We applaud law enforcement’s response in this case. The Benton County Prosecutor’s Office has filed a Second Degree Assault charge against the assailant in the ICU attack.
  • Ashley’s story goes viral - Ashley Schade, our colleague in ICU who was assaulted, has bravely stepped forward to shed light on this urgent issue of workplace violence against nurses. Her Facebook post has garnered more than 46k shares and 14k comments.
  • Media coverage – We are glad to see the media attention on this important issue and proud of our union stepping forward to demand change. “Washington state law compels employers to ‘[d]o everything reasonably necessary to protect the life and safety of your employees.’ WSNA is committed to holding hospitals accountable for following the law and protecting nurses, and all other hospital employees, from violence and abuse.
  • Administration response – Kadlec administration has responded to our demand for action letter. We are pleased to hear their intentions to support the nurses impacted and immediate attention to this serious safety issue. We will hold them accountable in working with our nurses on immediate and ongoing solutions to make Kadlec a safe workplace. Read their response.

Here’s what you can do to assist our efforts to make Kadlec a safe workplace for our nurses and our patients:

1. Take the survey – Thanks to the more than 120 nurses who have already taken the survey. If you haven’t please take 7 minutes to add your voice to our Workplace Violence & Safe Staffing survey. Your personal information will be kept confidential.

2. Come share your safety concerns and ask your questions - WSNA Senior Director of Labor Christine Watts and WSNA Occupational and Envirnomental Health Specialist Karen Bowman will be holding cafeteria time on Wednesday, Sept. 26 from 7-9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

3. Be visibly supportive of the issues and each other. Wear WSNA buttons now through our next day of negotiations on Tuesday, Sept. 25. You can get them from Martha Galvez in the birth center.

4. Show your union solidarity. Take pictures in your units wearing the buttons and holding signs of support for our team and each other (examples: United for Safety, RNs deserve a
fair contract, Protect our Nurses). Email those pictures to WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or text to 206-491-9424.

5. Stay informed and involved. Together, we can and must make Kadlec a safe place for our nurses, colleagues and patients. Attend a post negotiations meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5-8 p.m. in the Ringold Room at the hospital to get the latest negotiation update and add your voice to the conversation.

From your local unit officers,

Martha Galvez, Chair
Jacob Garcia, Vice Chair
Vanessa Douglas, Secretary
Joan Guercia, Treasurer
Kathy Peot, Grievance Officer
Toni Ledridge, Grievance Officer
Raquel Johnson, Member-at-Large
Carmen Garrison, WSNA Nurse Rep

For any questions or concerns, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or at 206-491-9424.


Kadlec Workplace Violence & Safe Staffing Survey



Kadlec nurses under assault


Nurses at Kadlec shouldn’t be afraid for our lives when we go to work, yet several nurses were seriously assaulted by the very patients for whom they were caring. The two most recent preventable events in the ED and ICU have brought to light the risk that every nurse takes on a daily basis.

It’s time to take action:

1. We have taken immediate and swift action. A demand for action letter was sent to the CAO and CNO on Tuesday, Sept. 18, insisting they respond to this serious threat to nurses and staff. View the urgent letter here.

2. The recent incidents are not isolated. Many of us have been victims or have witnessed violence in our workplace. Please take a few minutes to fill out our Workplace Violence & Safe Staffing survey. Your personal information will be kept confidential.

3. Together, we can and must make Kadlec a safe place for our nurses, colleagues and patients. Attend a post negotiations meeting on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5-8 p.m. in the Ringold Room at the hospital.

  • Wear WSNA buttons now through our next day of negotiations on Tuesday, Sept. 25.
  • Take pictures on your units wearing the buttons and holding signs and send it to WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or text to 206-491-9424.

From your local unit officers,

Martha Galvez, Chair
Jacob Garcia, Vice Chair
Vanessa Douglas, Secretary
Joan Guercia, Treasurer
Kathy Peot, Grievance Officer
Toni Ledridge, Grievance Officer
Raquel Johnson, Member-at-Large
Carmen Garrison, WSNA Nurse Rep

For any questions or concerns, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or at 206-491-9424.


Negotiations update: Day one


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We had our first session with management on Sept. 12. We gave the employer our opening proposal. We have not received a response but were told by their chief negotiator that they would have something for us by 9 a.m. on Sept. 25 (our next scheduled date).

We were informed Tuesday, Sept. 11 (one day before our first session) that the employer had retained an outside counsel, other than the attorney with whom we had been communicating.

As a result of this, two of the dates we had confirmed were cancelled by the employer. We have confirmed two other dates, Oct. 4 and Oct. 15. The employer is making it difficult for our team members to get the days off for negotiations, telling them that it’s not management’s responsibility to make the needed schedule changes because our team chose not to use IBB (Interest Based Bargaining). This is a union busting tactic.

We conveyed your interests to management based on communications with you, our entire Bargaining Unit of nurses, through individual conversations and what you submit to us on the Negotiation Survey. The HOT issues we are making proposals are staffing and floating.

What can you do to show support for your WSNA negotiating team?

  • Wear your WSNA buttons every day, now through our next date, Sept. 25.
  • Get ready for action and keep reading our negotiation updates!

Confirmed dates for Negotiations:

  • Sept. 25
  • Oct. 4
  • Oct. 9
  • Oct. 15

Your negotiating team members are: Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Toni Ledridge (PAS), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturtevant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU), (Anthony) Tony Jones (Cath Lab) and Joy Barclay (DI).

Let them know you appreciate their commitment to negotiating on your behalf.

If you have any questions, contact any of the negotiation team members or WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


News update


Thank you to all who completed the negotiations survey! Your input is valuable as we prepare for upcoming negotiations. We would like to introduce you to the negotiating team: Martha Galvez, Jacob Garcia, Joan Guercia, Vanessa Douglas, Kathy Peot, Toni Ledridge, Joy Barclay, Joyce McMurphy, Marianne Sturtevant, Meri Bukovinsky, Ryan McCauley and Tony Jones.

Here’s an update on what’s happening in your local unit:

  • We had officer training in June
  • There is a Department Local Unit Rep Training on Aug. 23, 5 – 7 p.m. in Columbia Room I & II. Thank you, those who have stepped up to represent your department. We are always looking for more reps! Please feel free to join us if you are interested.
  • We have had two negotiation prep meetings and have another scheduled for Aug. 24. We will be meeting with the Attorney, Dave Campbell, on Aug. 28.

Stay tuned for more updates!

Your Local Unit Officers,

Martha Galvez, Jacob Garcia, Joan Guercia, Vanessa Douglas, Kathy Peot and Toni Ledridge

Kadlec Rns

We need your input for negotiations


Your survey for negotiations is now online. Please complete this survey no later than midnight, Aug. 1.

Please take a few minutes to communicate what your issues are going into negotiations this year. It is important that we, as your negotiation team, understand your concerns for our new contract!

Your negotiating team: Martha Galvez, Jacob Garcia, Joan Guercia, Vanessa Douglas, Raquel Johnson, Marianne Sturtevant, Joyce McMurphy, Ryan McCauley, Kathy Peot and Meri Bukovinsky (to date).


Thank you to all who attended the Nurses Week Breakfast


Kadlec Rn 1 9

Thank you to all who helped and those who attended our special event honoring the nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center.

We had another successful Nurses Week Breakfast. Pictures are available here.

A special thanks to all who made this possible:

Martha Galvez, Kyleaha Collis, Marianne Sturtevant, Ryan Rosenkranz, Nancy Serna, Narda Leeming, Kathy Peot, and Kay Langevin


You are cordially invited to our annual breakfast honoring Kadlec nurses!


Come and join us in celebrating nurses, enjoy door prizes, time with coworkers and meet your new WSNA executive team.

When: Tuesday, May 8 from 6 to 10 a.m.

Where: Columbia I-III

Kadlec 2018 Annual Breakfast

Congrats to your new local unit officers!


Chair: Martha Galvez

Vice Chair: Kimberley Cole-Lowry

Secretary: Vanessa Douglas

Treasurer: Joan Guercia

Grievance officers

  • Kathy Peot
  • Megan Tanke

Membership at Large officers:

  • Raquel Johnson
  • Jacob Garcia
Welcome New Officers3

Come join your officers for a WSNA local unit meeting!


When: Monday, April 23 from 5 to 8 p.m.
Where: Kadlec - Chinook I & II

Drop in at any time!

We'll be talking about grievances, officer elections, negotiations and upcoming events.

Most of all, we want to hear from you.

Come Join Your Officers For A Wsna Local Unit Meeting

What's going on at Kadlec?


Some things to be aware of...

Elections

Elections are in full swing. The ballots were mailed out April 3. Please return them postmarked no later than April 17. Only members in good standing will receive a ballot. If you do not receive a ballot by April 9, please contact your WSNA nurse representative, Carmen Garrison, at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Local unit meeting

Join us in a local unit meeting on April 23 from 5 - 8 p.m. in Chinook 1 & 2. Drop in anytime. We want to hear from you as well as update you on upcoming events such as negotiations.

Nurses Day event

We’ll be having our Nurses Day Recognition Breakfast on May 8 from 6 - 10 a.m. in Columbia 1-3. We need help! Please contact your WSNA nurse representative, Carmen Garrison, at cgarrison@wsna.org if you can help in any way with this event.

Leadership Summit

Registration is now open for the WSNA Leadership Summit on September 8, at the Red Lion in Kennewick. All RNs are encouraged to attend. This is free to all RNs who are WSNA members in good standing. You will receive CNEs (Continuing Nursing Education) credit for attending this event.


Kadlec local unit news


The Nurse Practice Council wants to hear from you.

This is a great opportunity to be involved in your practice at Kadlec.

Dates for NPC at noon:

  • March 28, Red Mt Room
  • April 25, Chinook Room II
  • May 23, Columbia Room III
  • June 20, Columbia Room III
  • July 18, Columbia Room III
  • Aug. 15, Chinook Room I and II
  • Sept. 12, Chinook Room I and II
  • Oct. 10, Chinook Room I and II
  • Dec. 5, Chinook Room I and II

Nurses Day Breakfast — save the date!

Join us on May 8 from 6 to 11 a.m. in Columbia I-II-III.


Negotiations

We’ll be starting prep for negotiation in May. If you would like to be on the negotiating team, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


Elections

The nominations are in. We are currently getting consents to serve before we put the ballot out. Update to come soon.


Grievances

We currently have multiple grievances. We have a Payroll grievance that has been heard at Step 2 and we are waiting for a response. We agreed to an extension with your employer. Many of the grievances are disciplinary and therefore confidential. Joanie Guercia and Carmen Garrison have been working diligently to represent our members in multiple grievances. We currently have nothing at the arbitration level. We’ve been able to reach settlements for many nurses. Kathy Peot has volunteered to also be a grievance officer and is in training.


Local Unit Reps

If you want to be an LUR for your department, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org. If your department isn’t represented, be the first to volunteer!

View the current 2018 Local Unit Reps here.


Conference Committee

We meet monthly. All officers are standing members and all LURs are invited to join us. We set the date month to month. Our next meeting is scheduled for April 30 at p.m. in the Cascade Room, 3rd floor, Mountain Pavilion.


Staffing Committee

If you are interested in being on the staffing committee, contact Martha Galvez (martha.galvez@kadlec.org).

Red Mountain Room:

  • March 21 at 2 p.m.
  • May 15 at 3 p.m.
  • July 18 at 2 p.m.
  • Sept. 19 at 2 p.m.
  • Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 23, 2019 at 2 p.m.

Free Food


Local unit update

Come join us at Roundtable Pizza for a local unit meeting! Dinner will be provided.

Where: Round Table Pizza, George Washington Way

When: Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Agenda:

  • ADOs and WSNA member portal
  • Election of new officers
  • Negotiations
  • Update on payroll issues
  • Grievance updates
  • Open discussion and feedback

Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN at (206) 491-9424 or cgarrison@wsna.org


Upcoming events

Advocacy Camp and Legislative Reception
Thursday, Jan. 11 from 2 to 7:30 p.m. at The Heritage Room, Olympia, WA

Step up. Speak out. Lead.

Interested in learning more about the legislative process? WSNA’s legislative priorities? How you can make a difference? Join us for a fun and engaging three-hour session that will leave you ready to step up, speak out, and be a legislative lead at Nurse Legislative Day. Practice your new skills while networking with lawmakers at WSNA’s annual Legislative Reception.

Refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Receive complimentary admission to Nurse Legislative Day ($60 value) by attending Advocacy Camp. This event is capped at 150 participants, so register early.

Advocacy camp is from 2 to 5 p.m. and the legislative reception is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This event is free to WSNA members.

For more information, visit the WSNA calendar or register here.

Nurse Legislative Day
Monday, Jan. 22 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia, WA

Step up. Speak out. Influence.

Join hundreds of nurses and students from all across Washington state at your annual lobby day in Olympia. The governor is invited as our keynote speaker again this year and we look forward to honoring a bipartisan group of legislators as 2017 Nursing Champions. Morning sessions are followed by lunch (provided) and afternoon meetings with legislators on the hill. Help influence the state of nursing, health care and patient safety!

This event is $60 for pre-registered WSNA members or free for Advocacy Camp participants.


Local unit update


Save the date!

We are having a local unit meeting! Dinner will be provided.

Where: Round Table Pizza, George Washington Way

When: Nov. 20 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. or 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Agenda:

  • ADOs and WSNA member portal
  • Election of new officers
  • Negotiations
  • Update on payroll issues
  • Grievance updates
  • Open discussion and feedback

Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN at (206) 491-9424 or cgarrison@wsna.org.


Pay issues and Local Unit Meeting


Pay issues

Are you still having payroll issues such as step increases, PTO accrual, pay associated to shift differentials when you are on a break or in call back, or any other issues regarding your pay? If so, we have an ongoing grievance and we need your story. Please email cgarrison@wsna.org and carbon copy kissthesnook@hotmail.com. Please use your personal email address. If you do not have email, please mail or fax your story to the WSNA office to the attention of Carmen Garrison, your Nurse Representative.

Save the date: Local Unit Meeting

Our next Local Unit Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 1. We will have 2 sessions. There will be a presentation regarding Drug Diversion. We are starting to prepare for negotiations for next year. Plan on attending this very important meeting:

Tuesday, August 1

5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
or
7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Round Table Pizza
1435 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99354
509-946-0667


Photos from the fourth annual Nurses Week Celebration breakfast


See more photos on our Facebook photo gallery!


You are cordially invited to Celebrate Nursing and National Nurses Week 2017


at a WSNA Hosted Red Carpet Breakfast & Program
Wednesday, May 10, 2017, 6:00am-11:00am with Program at 9:00am with
Kadlec nurses sharing their most memorable moments in nursing.
Columbia Rooms, KRMC


Important - We need to hear from you!


We understand that there are a lot of pay issues and identifying them will help in resolving the issues. Please take a few minutes and complete the survey by April 14, 2017.

Click here to take the survey!


Convention 2017


Don't miss the upcoming Washington State Nurses Convention May 3-5! At Convention, we’ll be diving deep into one the top issues for registered nurses today: Creating a Culture of Safety. Register today for early bird pricing and hotel discounts (through March 30). Some local units are sponsoring attendance at Convention. Check with your local unit officers.


We are having a very important Local Unit Meeting


Tuesday, February 7, 2017
1700-1830
1930-2030
Round Table Pizza
1435 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 946-0667

We are rolling out a survey regarding pay issues. There have been numerous issues with shift differential, call back and much more. We need to hear from you, so plan on attending one of these sessions. For a year we have been working with management over pay issues. Unfortunately, we are still hearing about issues. Please check your pay stubs and time cards.

Would you like to be a Local Unit Rep?
We need reps from every department where WSNA RNs work. Contact Kellen Klein, Membership officer (b60kklein@hotmail.com), or Carmen Garrison, your WSNA Nurse Rep (cgarrison@wsna.org).

ADO (Assignment Despite Objection) update:
We have had numerous ADOs from CDU and NICU. We are tracking ADOs for trends. If you are constantly working understaffed, missing breaks, and being forced to work overtime, please complete an ADO and provide copies to your manager, Martha Galvez, and Carmen Garrison. You should also maintain a copy for yourself. We are looking forward to being able to complete ADOs online.


January 1 pay increase


Your next pay check will reflect your 2017 annual pay increase. Here’s the language on Appendix A in your contract:

Pay increases effective the first full pay period beginning on or after this date.



Step increases will be effective the first full pay period beginning on or after your anniversary date.

Our next Local Unit meeting is scheduled for:

Tuesday, Feb. 7
1700-1830
1930-2030
Round Table Pizza
1435 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 946-0667


Local Unit Meeting - Nov 3rd


We are having a very important Local Unit Meeting.
Thursday, November 3
1700-1830
1930-2030
Round Table Pizza
1435 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99354
(509) 946-0667

Joanie Guercia, WSNA Grievance Officer, will be doing a presentation on Time Cards. You’ll want to hear what she has to say about how to make sure your entries are correct according to our current contract.

Grievance update:
In December of 2014, the hospital acquired Kadlec Clinic Hematology and Oncology. Nurses in the Outpatient Oncology Department were transferred to KCHO in February 2015. We filed a grievance on behalf of the nurses at KCHO. The hospital agreed to settle this grievance by recognizing the RNs at KCHO and to make them whole. This added 17 RNs to our Bargaining Unit. Welcome all RNs at KCHO. 10/20


Local Unit Meeting - August 2nd


Come join us for our quarterly Local Unit Meeting. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided.

Date:
August 2, 2016
Times:

5:00-6:45 PM
7:45-9:00 PM
Location:
Round Table Pizza
George Washington Way
Richland, WA
This is your opportunity to meet with your Local Unit Officers and Reps.
We will also have a guest speaker at both meetings.
Future meeting dates:
November 1, 2016
February 7, 2017
May 2017 (TBD) Nurses Week celebration

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of your Local Unit Officers or your Nurse Rep Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


Nurses' Week Breakfast - May 6th


Your WSNA Local Unit Officers cordially invite you to join us for a breakfast in honor of National Nurses' Week

Date & Time:
Friday, May 6,2016, 6:30am - 9:30am

Location:
Columbia 1 at KRMC

For more information about the event, please contact Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


Contract Update - Staffing Issues


We are continually having staffing issues in many departments. We need to hear about it from you, so please fill out ADOs (Assignment Despite Objection) forms.

Make copies for yourself, your manager/director, Local Unit Officer (Martha Galvez in Birth Center), and Carmen Garrison (WSNA Nurse Rep) cgarrison@wsna.org.

New language in your contract regarding staffing and ADOs

Article 15.4 Staffing and ADO Resolution/Collaborative Process. The Hospital will determine staffing levels consistent with RCW 70.41.410 and 420. The Employer recognizes the responsibility of nurses under the Nurse Practice Act and will promote working conditions that enable nurses to meet their responsibilities under the Act. Such commitment is in recognition of the mutual desire of the parties to maintain staffing consistent with quality and safe patient care as well as relieve the additional burdens placed on staff by under staffing.

Staffing and workload issues should be addressed promptly. A nurse who has a staffing concern may complete an Assignment Despite Objection (ADO). The nurse’s manager shall review and contact the nurse as soon as possible after receiving the ADO. The nurse and their supervisor shall discuss the ADO following the collaborative staffing process as discussed below.

If the nurse reasonably believes that the manager has not sufficiently addressed the staffing issue, the nurse may advance the staffing issue in writing to the Nurse Staffing Committee with notice to the manager.

Recurring/chronic staffing issues not satisfactorily resolved by the process outlined above may be brought by a union-designated nurse representative directly to the Chief Nursing Officer. The Chief Nursing Officer agrees to a standing monthly meeting with the nurse representative (meeting time to be compensated per Article 4.12) to address unresolved recurring/chronic staffing issue in good faith and to discuss the hospital’s plan of action/resolution. The nurse representative may also attend Conference Committee, meeting time to be paid per Article 4.12, so that he/she participates with senior leadership in discussions related to the allocation of resources for staffing initiatives.

Nurses will not be counseled, disciplined and/or discriminated against for appropriately raising patient-care issues including but not limited to questioning appropriateness of the assignment, filling out an ADO or participating in staffing committees. Nothing in this section shall limit or impact the statutory or contractual processes and obligations of the Staffing Committee or Conference Committee.

The contract should be available online very soon. We are in the process of obtaining signatures on the original contract. We will let you know when this is online.


Insurance Special Enrollment


Special Enrollment for the Kadlec WSNA caregivers is happening now for benefits effective April 1, 2016. The deadline to enroll is Friday, March 11. An enrollment guide with information on the new benefits was mailed to your home. You can also learn more about your benefits at Caregiver.eHR.com.

Benefit presentations

Date Time (Pacific) Call-in Number Click to add to Outlook calendar
Monday, March 07, 2016 8 – 9 a.m. add to calendar
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 9 – 10 a.m. add to calendar
Tuesday, March 08, 2016 3 – 4 p.m. add to calendar
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 8 – 9 a.m. add to calendar
Wednesday, March 09, 2016 4 – 5 p.m. add to calendar
Thursday, March 10, 2016 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. add to calendar

* please enter webcast as a guest.
** if you have trouble adding the meeting to your outlook, use this link to join the webcast at the appointed time - https://providencehealthandser...

Computer labs

Computer labs will also be available for you to use to enroll or listen to the above webcasts.

Date Location Time
March 7 Blue Mountain and Badger Mountain 7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
March 8 Lewis and Clark Rooms 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 9 Badger Mountain 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 10 Blue Mountain 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
March 11 Blue Mountain and Badger Mountain 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Additional resources

  • Call the HR Service Center at 888-687-3753 weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
  • Visit Caregiver.eHR.com for details on all your benefits.

Kronos Survey


Kronos Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete a briefsurvey regarding the current Kronos Time Keeping System. We need your help in identifying pay issues since the initiation of Kronos.

This is for RNs covered by our collective bargaining agreement.

The deadline for completing the survey is February 15 at midnight.


Update


We are working with management regarding back pay, insurance, and STD:

  • STD Coverage began 1/25/16.
    • Anyone on a leave currently that would qualify for STD will be mapped so that STD can apply.
  • Back pay for wages will occur the first full pay period after ratification which is 2/7/16-2/20/16. Nurses will see their 3% wage adjustment from 10/1/15 on their 2/26/16 paycheck.
  • EIB has stopped accruing as of 1/25/16.
  • Nurses have immediate access to EIB as of 1/25/16 (you do not need to use 16 hours of PTO if you are ill and have hours in your EIB).
  • PTO maximum accrual of 480 as of 1/25/16.

Kadlec is still working on the following:

  • Timing on the reimbursement for the excess premium costs,
  • Confirmation of the suppression of the February and March 2016 premiums to only reflect and pull the 2015 premiums,
  • Confirmation of Open Enrollment. This will include home mailers, onsite informational sessions, and a tentative goal of having Open Enrollment for WSNA RNs from 2/29/16 – 3/11/16 – normal 2 week period with new aligned benefits starting April 1st.
  • Specific, individual situations/circumstances are being looked in to.

Kronos issues:

We will be sending out a survey. We have discovered there have been several Kronos issues regarding pay. We will be meeting with management regarding these issues and seek a resolution.

We will update you when we have confirmation of these items. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your WSNA Nurse Representative, Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


Your Contract Has Been Ratified!


We had a record turnout for our contract vote. Thank you to all our members who came out to our events and showed your solidarity. You made a huge difference in the outcome of these very difficult negotiations.

You can expect to see the contract online at WSNA.org once the original ratified contract is signed. That may take a couple of months. In the meantime, if you have questions about any changes in your contract, please contact your nurse representative, Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or any member of your Negotiating Team: Martha Galvez, Tara Blair, Narda Leeming, Gary Cook, Josh Weston, Ryan McCauley, Kellen Klein, April Valdez, Christine Schoengarth, Jennie Spaulding, Kelsi Duncan, Raquel Johnson, Tim Daviscourt.

We will let you know when the open enrollment for the RNs’ insurance goes into effect. Your STD and LTD go into effect upon ratification and the hospital administration has assured us that they will make every effort to make this process go smoothly.

Your retroactive 3% annual raise should be in the paycheck following the first full pay period after ratification.


Contract Ratification Vote


Your Bargaining Team Recommends a “Yes” Vote

When:
Monday, January 25

Times:
7 to 10 a.m.
11 to 2 p.m.
3 to 9 p.m.

Location:
At KRMC - Chinook Rooms 1 and 2
Mountain Pavilion (@KRMC)

Contract Highlights - Summary

WSNA Staff: Carmen Garrison and Laura Anderson


Come and Vote for Your Contract - Jan 25th


Ratification Notice


Come and Vote for Your Contract
Monday, January 25, 2016


Chinook Rooms 1 and 2
Mountain Pavilion (@KRMC)
7AM — 10AM
11AM — 2PM
3PM — 9PM

A detailed summary of the changes will be mailed separately.
If you have any questions, please contact Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


We have a Tentative Agreement!


We have a tentative agreement pending a ratification vote on January 25, 2016.

Your negotiating team worked very hard over the past 9 months fighting off huge take-aways. It is because of their perseverance and your support that we were able to reach a tentative agreement in the face of going on strike. We believe we have an agreement that will be good for everyone with many wins.

A detailed summary will be going out within the next few days along with the details of vote times and location. In the meantime, Here are some huge wins:

  • Wage increases 3% each year (3 years) with retroactive pay to October 2015.
  • Insurance premiums will revert to what the rest of the hospital is paying and the hospital will subsidize anyone who is covering the huge premium costs. Kadlec administration has committed to working on that process, so please refer to them.
  • Your PTO remains intact with the current accrual rate and the maximum accrual will be 480 hours.
  • Your EIB bank will remain with you as long as you are in a bargaining unit position at Kadlec. You can use it as per our current contract language. There are no time limits to use it or lose it. (You can use for FMLA and to subsidize the balance of your STD). Upon ratification, you will no longer accrue EIB.
  • We worked very hard on staffing language and a venue to work on issues in a more timely manner.

This is a brief update. We’ll have a more complete update for you very soon.

Please remember to thank your negotiating team for all of their hard work.


Important Benefits Survey


This is an important request from your Negotiation Team. If you have applied for benefits (such as FMLA, WMLA, leaves of absence, PTO, EIB, disability insurance, etc.) from benefit administrator Sedgwick and received a denial – we need to know.

Please complete this simple, short, survey. This information is critical for the next negotiation session.

This survey will be posted online until the end of business day on Jan. 8th. A RN feedback is helpful and extremely important.

Thank you for your participation!


Candlelight Vigil - Jan 11th


The flame of the candlelight has long been a symbol for nursing since the days of Florence Nightingale. WSNA and your Negotiating Team invite you to step forward now and join us for a candle light vigil to support the nurses of Kadlec with a common flame.

A flame that represents unity.
Therefore, you are cordially invited to attend the WSNA Candle Light Vigil.

When? January 11, 2016 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm
Where? On Stevens Drive (in front of Kadlec)

Your attendance and participation will send Kadlec a solid but “silent” message of the proud tradition in the nursing profession and will show Kadlec You Are United.

Questions? Contract Jaclyn Perkins WSNA Nurse Organizer 1-800-231-8482 ext: 3118 or jperkins@wsna.org.


Updated Important message to all WSNA Represented Registered Nurses at Kadlec:


The hospital has agreed to sign a memorandum of understanding with WSNA allowing Kadlec to provide the lump sum year-end bonus to WSNA represented registered nurses. WSNA expects the bonus to arrive to you in the same or similar process as the rest of the Kadlec employees.

Please don’t forget! WSNA is having a Candlelight vigil on January 11, 2016 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Part of Stevens Drive (in front of Kadlec) will be blocked off for this event. We’ll send out more information on this event very soon. In the meantime, please plan on attending this event.

Christine Himmelsbach, MN, RN
Assistant Executive Director of Labor Relations


Important message to all WSNA Represented Registered Nurses at Kadlec:


The hospital contacted WSNA on Friday informing us that an announcement would be sent to all employees stating that all non-represented employees would get a bonus. Kadlec’s communication to WSNA was as follows: “It will soon be announced that Kadlec is providing a lump sum year-end bonus to all non-represented caregivers equivalent to $750.00 for full-time caregivers, pro-rated based on FTE for less than full-time and per diem caregivers”. Kadlec hopes and expects that the WSNA-represented nurses will also receive this bonus as part of the final agreement negotiated by the parties, subject to ratification. Kadlec plans to include this bonus as part of its economic package. It is unfortunate that we can't meet again until January 13 to discuss this matter and the other open issues. Please let me know if meeting earlier becomes a possibility.”

While administration can unilaterally give out bonuses to employees who are not covered by a contract, any such “bonuses” would have to be negotiated with the Union. WSNA sent a communication to Kadlec offering to sign a memorandum of understanding allowing Kadlec to provide the same bonuses to the registered nurses outside of the negotiation process. As of the time of this communication, we have not received a response to our offer.

We have scheduled our next day of negotiations on January 13, 2016.

We are having a Candle light vigil on January 11, 2016 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. Part of Stevens Drive (in front of Kadlec) will be blocked off for this event. We’ll send out more information on this event very soon. In the meantime, please plan on attending this event.

Christine Himmelsbach, MN, RN
Assistant Executive Director of Labor Relations


Important Updates


  • Advisory Vote
  • Strike Manuals
  • Negotiation Dates
  • Futures Plans
  • Negotiating Team

Advisory Vote:
Thank you to all of you who came to the presentation and advisory vote on December 7th. We heard loud and clear from you; and your negotiating team appreciates your overwhelming support.

Strike Manuals:
Here is a pdf copy of the WSNA Strike Manual. A copy is also available on the Kadlec RNs Care For Us Facebook page. Hard copies will be in your departments this week.

Negotiation Dates:
We have confirmed January 13, 2016, and are actively working on other dates with Kadlec administration.

Future Plans:
We are planning a candlelight vigil for January 11, 2016. More information will be available soon as we continue to plan this event.

Negotiating Team:
Thank you for supporting your team members: Martha Galvez, Tara Blair, Narda Leeming, Gary Cook, Josh Weston, Ryan McCauley, Kellen Klein, April Valdez, Christine Schoengarth, Jennie Spaulding, Kelsi Duncan, Raquel Johnson, Tim Daviscourt
WSNA Staff: Carmen Garrison and Laura Anderson.


Reminder: Advisory Vote Monday


This is a reminder that we are having an advisory vote on

Monday, December 7th
5:00pm-6:30pm
8:00pm-9:30pm

You must be a member in good standing to vote. You must have a valid ID when you sign in.

Thank you


Advisory Vote - Dec 7th


We will be holding an Advisory Vote:
December 7
5:00-6:30PM or 8:00-9:30PM
Red Lion Hotel
802 George Washington Way, Richland
Detailed Information


Negotiations Update - Critical Meetings Dec 7th


Your negotiating team met again today with Kadlec’s administration in an attempt to reach an Agreement.

For almost 6 months, we have heard that a reduction in PTO and EIB is not something you will stand for. Administration has tried multiple tactics to get us to take this massive loss. They started with insanely inflated “punishment premiums.” Charging a full time RN more than $900 per month to cover their family with insurance is wrong, insulting, and completely retaliatory! Kadlec RNs, We Will Not Stand For This.

Their latest tactic involves bribery. No doubt, administration is sending communication to you showing you what an “amazing” offer they’ve made to us. These offers are nothing more than smoke and mirrors. While they distract you over here with a shiny raise, they are kicking you in the knees by permanently eliminating EIB and making massive cuts to your PTO.

Our team continues to negotiate in good faith and has requested further information from Kadlec’s consultant, Towers Watson, in order to communicate to our bargaining unit. The math just does not add up. Kadlec insists on making RNs cover nearly 1 million dollars annually of their cost by permanently giving up EIB and reducing PTO. We have never been able to understand how they can couple health insurance with PTO/EIB. The value, per Kadlec, of EIB/PTO is equal to $966,073. Your team offered to come up with that same value elsewhere. It was adamantly rejected and the team was told our offer was “unacceptable and not moving in the right direction” and “does not meet their objectives.”

So what exactly is their objective?! Kadlec’s bribe involved a 5% raise in year 1, a 3% raise in year 2, and a 3% raise in year 3. WSNA countered with 2.3%, 3%, & 3% and No Loss in PTO/EIB. Going from the 5% they offered, to 2.3% makes up the $966 thousand. But still, we were told loud and clear: No!

We are disgusted. While we continue to negotiate in good faith, administration has tried to corner us into believing that we have only 2 options left: 1) agree to their take-aways or 2) pay an absurd amount of money in “punishment premiums.” They are severely underestimating our third option and power in numbers. It is imperative that you attend one of our meetings on December 7 at the Red Lion in Richland. We will be holding an advisory vote at these meetings. Please come at either 5 p.m. or 8 p.m.


Negotiations Update


We met with management for the 11th day of Negotiations. We continue to bargain and the next day of negotiations is scheduled for November 30, 2015.

We will provide you with a more comprehensive update after that session. Your negotiating team appreciates your continued
support.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Carmen Garrison, your Nurse Representative at WSNA / cgarrison@wsna.org.


Open Letter to the WSNA Bargaining Unit


Negotiations for your next contract have been challenging because Kadlec, with participation of Providence, has come to the bargaining table with unjustified and disrespectful HUGE takeaways. You have asked for more information and we are anxious to provide you with more.

Benefits
Finally on November 11th, the Management Team led by your Chief Nursing Officer Kirk Harper have finally admitted to the following.

The value of the PTO takeaways and EIB elimination is over $1 MILLION per year from you the Registered Nurses. This is a $3 Million dollar loss over the life of the contract to you who give so much every single day. We invite you to take that loss out to 5 years, 10 years and more. This is why you and your team are fighting back! You deserve respect not disrespect.

When your Team stood together and said this is UNFAIR – CNO Harper and his team then said if you don’t take the $1 Million per year in losses then we’ll get that money out of you in another way. Harper’s alternative proposal is that if you don’t let us take your PTO and EIB we’ll put you into an insurance pool by yourself and jack up your insurance rates. WSNA has filed an Unfair Labor Practice with the National Labor Relations Board over this draconian, disrespectful, and unfair bargaining posture.

This hospital is self-insured. Premium rates are set by Kadlec. They don’t have to negotiate rates with a third party. All the money in rates goes to Kadlec.

The hospital Team has argued that Short Term Disability Insurance makes up for loss of EIB. Your Team disagree for the following reasons.

  1. You qualify for STD benefits only if you are seriously ill or injured. EIB covers you and family during illnesses. Sadly, many of your colleagues have used and relied on their EIB for long-term illnesses because of personal illness. Many have used EIB to care for a close member of their family such a spouse or child who became critically ill and disabled and needed their mother or father home caring for them. Because of EIB they had that ability while getting paid. With STD they would not have had this ability. Federal and state legislation protects your job; EIB protects your financial needs.
  2. STD can be purchased by you at very reasonable rates by outside providers. When you pay for your own STD, payments made to you under the plan are not taxable. When the insurance is provided by Kadlec, all payments are taxable as income and pays only 60% of your income.
  3. Kadlec wants a company called Sedgwick to administer this STD plan. We urge you to research Sedgwick on the internet. See the consumer reviews about Sedgwick’s reputation. Watch the YouTube videos. When benefits are wrongly denied – your income is critical to you and your family’s well-being. Using your PTO and EIB are yours and you should not ever be forced to ask for a third party approval.

Finally with regard to benefits, please know that your team has reviewed the medical benefit plan and we have told CNO Harper and his team that we’ll take the new medical benefit plan. It is substantially the same as the current plan. We told them we are prepared to agree to the benefits plan offered - the same plan as the rest of the hospital using the same rates, etc. We have told them to decouple the benefits with the PTO and EIB million dollar takeaways to enable you to get these benefits and rates. They have refused to do this. Still we are encouraging everyone to sign-up for benefits as you and your family need. Medical insurance coverage is essential for everyone. Negotiations will continue until this and other issues are resolved.

Maintenance of benefits: Because more people are insured and across the country health care costs are stabilizing (raising a fraction of what they were prior to the Affordable Health Care Act), your team proposed maintenance of benefits for a three year period; meaning that all your costs and benefits would remain the same for the duration of the contract. Kadlec said absolutely not – until they came up with their alternate benefit proposal with substantial increases to your premiums. Still their 7% “maintenance of benefits” proposal is far from meaningful and is rife with possible increases to you as it is based on a “blended average” meaning one portion of your costs, say premiums, could go up substantially greater than 7% if other costs remained neutral. A proposal cloaked in ambiguity and uncertainty. You can bet that this ambiguity puts your pocket book at risk.

Staffing – meal and rest breaks
We know many of you do not get your rest breaks or meal breaks. Ninety-five percent of you asked for us to fight for better and safer staffing at Kadlec. And we are doing as you said. As you know, adequate staffing means safe patient care, time to take care of yourself if you or a family member becomes sick, and time to take a vacation with your family.

You should be aware over 450 requests for PTO have been denied Registered Nurses over the life of the current contract. As admitted by management, MANY PTO requests have been denied because of INSUFFICIENT STAFFING. Astonishingly, according to the Chief Financial Officer Julie Meek “THERE IS NO STAFFING PROBLEM AT KADLEC.” This statement stunned everyone on the WSNA negotiation team and had to have equally stunned management. Nurse Managers at the table have to be fully aware of this, but understandably are not in a position to disagree with Meek.

Initially Kadlec’s approach was to attempt to shove the staffing problem to the nurses: You the nurses figure it out! Management gets to staff (or not) as they want and you registered nurses figure out a way to get your breaks. Your meal and rest breaks are management’s responsibility by law. Your Team has said we need staffing sufficient to assure we get our needed and legally mandated rest and meal breaks. Your WSNA team has proposed minimum staffing ratios (nurse to patient ratios). The hospital has summarily rejected staffing ratios that assure safe staffing all of the time for patient safety and nurse well-being.

Other Important Issues

Overtime after 36 hours for 12 hour shift nurses: 12 hour shifts are important for nurses and Kadlec. Why should these nurses have to wait until they complete 40 hours per week to get overtime? Your Team says they shouldn’t! Kadlec says they should. Equally, these nurses should not have to work over 13 hours before getting paid overtime wages. If your shift is 12 hours, anything past 12 hours should be compensated. Kadlec disagrees.

Successorship: WSNA has proposed that should Kadlec be sold to another entity, as a condition of sale, any purchaser shall honor your contract. This proposal costs nothing to Kadlec. They say “no” rather than protecting you in a transition such as change of ownership and giving you the peace of mind of a smooth transition where the terms and conditions of your contract would not change. Kadlec would rather subject you to the whims of the purchaser.

Why is this so important to you right now? This quote from Providence CEO Dr. Rod Hochman “There will never be more physicians and nurses than there are today, and healthcare professionals will never be paid more than they are today.” “You better figure out how to design healthcare for people other than physicians and nurses.” If Providence continues to seek more control of Kadlec, what will your future be?

EIB donation for needy co-workers: WSNA has proposed that employees be able to donate EIB to fellow employees in need who have exhausted their PTO and EIB. Kadlec says “no” to helping your fellow workers and by the way adds, we want to eliminate your EIB all together.

Why Kadlec’s proposals are disrespectful and not based on any need of the Hospital.

  1. There is a well-documented nursing shortage that is expected to get worse. It makes no sense to position the hospital to be less competitive as a prospective employer to experienced or new nurses. Our current nurses and patients already have staffing issues; we cannot afford negatively impact our ability to compete for nurses.
  2. Kadlec with the Providence affiliation has never been more financially wealthy. According to CEO Rand Wortman:

a. Kadlec should have $459 million in revenue in 2015.
b. Providence committed over $100 Million to Kadlec “right away “as follows:

  • $72 million for tower construction
  • $13 million for parking garage
  • $4 million for rural offices
  • $18 million to WSU
  • $3 million to CBC
  • $3-4 million towards the residency program
  • $20 million for “other” projects

Providence also paid off a $200 million dollar bond Kadlec owed.

3. The most important reason is you: The Registered Nurses at Kadlec have been working harder than ever. We have more patients than ever. We have higher acuity patients than ever. We are expanding more than ever. Why does Kadlec want to make money off of us? With all the money they have been given, why in the world does Kadlec need or even want to take from you who give so much?

Members, the unity and solidarity you show going forward will be the factor that protects you, our patients, and our community from the overreaching antics of Kadlec. We all love our Community and we are fighting to make Kadlec focus on employees, our patients, and the Tri-cities Community. What they take from you, they take from the Community.

Thank you for your activism (400 at the rally and well over 2,000 signatures on the petition) and your determination to stand up for what you deserve! There is however, more for you to do. Be there for our next call to action to remind Kadlec management that you demand the respect that you deserve. We are WSNA strong and WSNA united!

Your Negotiating Team:
April Valdez- Cath Lab
Christine Schoengarth - OR
Gary Cook - ICU
Jenny Spaulding – 6RP
Josh Weston - Resource
Kellen Klein – 3OP
Kelsi Duncan - NICU
Martha Galvez – Birth Center
Narda Leeming - ICU
Raquel Johnson - PAU
Ryan McCauley - ICU
Tara Blair – Birth Center

Carmen Garrison, WSNA Nurse Rep
Laura Anderson, WSNA General Counsel


Negotiations Update


Great Job! Hundreds of supporters for the bargaining unit showed up for your WSNA rally. Over 2,000 petition signatures already.

ON STAFFING: “We don't have a staffing issue here at Kadlec,” stated one of the highest level administrators at the negotiation table. “Yes we do!” said your WSNA bargaining team. WSNA wants concrete solutions to our staffing problems, not to pretend they don’t exist. You need and deserve rest breaks and meal breaks and our patients deserve safe staffing all the time.

ON BENEFITS: Kadlec continues to couple benefits with permanent/huge decreases in PTO and EIB. WSNA has filed an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for failure to bargain in good faith. Your Team continues to fight for you on this topic and is incredibly disappointed in Kadlec’s decision to financially harm WSNA RNs and their families.

What should you do regarding open enrollment?

  1. Determine what coverage is right for you and your family.
  2. Research coverage options with Kadlec or elsewhere.
  3. Open enrollment with Kadlec ends Dec. 1st; your action is required before then!

These, as well as many other issues remain on the negotiation table. Negotiations resume on 11/17 for the 11th session. Continue to stand united. Together we will get a fair contract.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiation Team



Join Our Rally Nov 9th!


It’s Go Time! Rally the troops for a very special community event! Come join our rally for a showing of Solidarity, Strength, and Resolve!

Monday, November 9, 2015
4-6pm
John Dam Plaza
815 George Washington Way, Richland, WA

Invite your friends, family, neighbors, and co-workers to show their community support of the hardworking and dedicated nurses at Kadlec Regional Medical Center!


Negotiations Update


Your WSNA negotiating team met with members of KRMCs negotiating team yesterday, October 26, 2015. This was our 9th session. We did not have the mediator present and have agreed to continue bargaining, at this point, without the assistance of the FMCS (Federal Mediator Conciliation Service).

We continue to work through major issues as we move forward with the goal of resolution. While we have some TAs (Tentative Agreements), we remain far apart on the employer’s firm benefits package which would require every single one of you on the wage scale at steps three through 30 to give up thousands of hours of paid time off and permanently lose your extended illness bank over time. In essence, a short term medical plan for a lifetime loss of PTO and EIB hours. We also had very lengthy discussions on staffing.

We were informed by KRMC that a communication from administration will be sent later this week to all RNs explaining open enrollment and how it will work for those of us in the bargaining unit. We were extremely disappointed to learn that Kadlec is indeed planning to keep RNs in a separate health insurance package "pool" and they intend to hike up the premiums. In accordance with your current contract protections, Kadlec will have to pay 60% of this increase with the member paying 40%. Open enrollment will take place for RNs Nov 9th-Dec 1st with premium increases effective January 1, 2016.

This move is disrespectful to you and completely disregards the commitment you provide to your patients and community every single day - twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. You work so hard and you deserve every minute of your PTO and EIB. This is profoundly disappointing for your team. We continue to work very hard to reach an agreement without subjecting nurses to egregiously inflated Health Insurance rates or being forced to give up PTO and EIB.

KRMC is sending a loud and unwavering "NO" in response to our repeated requests to uncouple insurance benefits and PTO/EIB; two subjects that have no business being contingent on each other.

We continue our strong resolve and will keep you informed as we go along.

We are scheduled to meet again on November 11, 2015. If you have any questions, contact Carmen Garrison (cgarrison@wsna.org) or any of your team members.

Meet us on Wednesday (Oct. 28) at 12 Noon or Thursday (Oct. 29) at 7:30AM to get community petitions signed. We will meet at the Red Lion on George Washington Way and go from there to selected businesses in our community.

Continue to get the community surveys completed and turn them in to your negotiating team or your Local Unit Rep in your department. You can also encourage community members to sign the survey online.

Contact Jaclyn Perkins (JPerkins@wsna.org) for more information about the petition.

Stay tuned for more information regarding other events in the coming days from WSNA and your negotiating team.

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team

Kadlec RNs Stand United


Local Unit Meeting - Oct 21st


WSNA did give the hospital 60 days’ notice. The current contract will expire December 1, 2015. In the meantime, we have scheduled more negotiation dates: October 26, November 11, 17, and 30.

We know nurses have a lot of questions so we are planning another Local Unit meeting. Plan on attending to meet with your negotiating team. We’ll have more T-shirts and yard signs for pick up during or after the meeting.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015
4:30PM-6:30PM
7:00PM-8:00PM
Chinook Rooms at KRMC

Continue to wear your buttons and WSNA T-shirts.


WSNA Oct 2 response to Kadlec


Dear Fellow Registered Nurses,

You deserve to know the facts. Click here to find your WSNA Negotiation Team’s response to Kirk Harper’s, CNO “Negotiations Update”.


Negotiations Update


September 25, 2015

Dear WSNA members:

Last Monday night you attended two local unit meetings hosted by your WSNA Negotiation Team. We are happy that you got to meet and hear your Negotiation Team.

Your Negotiation Team heard from you – a resounding, universal message to stand up to preserve your PTO, stand up to preserve your EIB, stand up for sufficient staffing so you can have meal and lunch breaks, and stand up for sufficient staffing so you can take your much needed and much deserved time off! You were stunned that management will not even consider successorship language that would protect you in the event of a change in ownership or operations. They would rather protect the desire of some future purchaser that could force you to negotiate an all new contract rather than look out for the peace and security of you - their employees.

Here is what we heard from you!

Management Uncouple Your Benefits Package. Negotiate the benefits package without including permanent reductions in PTO and elimination OF EIB. Nurses are working harder than ever, caring for more patients, caring for patients with higher acuity, caring and moving patients without enough equipment such as lifting devices, and working often with insufficient staffing levels. Nurses deserve the best benefit plans available. Don’t pay for it with our PTO and EIB. Kadlec can afford to do this for employees.

Nurses Can’t Afford PTO Reductions at all. Management is attempting to take from 1 to 9 days of PTO from Nurses. Costing that out on an hourly basis, this will cost us THOUSANDS not only the first year but for each of our working years to come. For example: If a nurse has an hourly base rate of $40.00 per hour. That one day of PTO reduction will cost the nurse (8 hour day) over $320 per year. Not calculating cost of living raises, by year 5 that is a loss of over $1600. Most staff would lose 4 days of PTO under management’s plan. Using the same formula but looking at a loss of 4 days of PTO at a $40 per hour rate pay (8 hour day) that is $1280 per year (not including cost of living wages). At five years a nurse loosing 4 PTO days a year would lose over $6400. Now let’s look at the nurses losing 9 days of PTO under management’s proposal. Those nurses would lose over $2880 the first year and over $14,400 after five years.

Nurses Can’t Afford to Loose EIB. You stood up last night and shared with your colleagues that you were able stay home with your husband during his cancer treatments because of EIB. You stood up last night and said you were able to stay home with your injured son because of your EIB. You stood up and said that you stayed home with your sick parent because of your EIB. You can’t stay home with your loved ones with pay under short term disability (STD) and long term disability (LTD). YOU have to be sick or disabled to get paid when you stay home. Under STD you STILL have to use PTO for a week before your STD kicks in. If you are scheduled 5 twelve-hour shifts that week, which is almost 2 weeks of PTO you would have to use.

Nurses Need and Deserve a Great Benefits Plan with Maintenance of Benefits Provision in the Contract. Nurses work hard in a challenging environment where they are exposed to sickness and possible workplace injuries. Nurses deserve the guarantee of no benefits changes for the duration of this contract. “No” you said to a one year benefits plan with no guarantee against higher costs and lesser benefits.

Nurses Can Not Afford to Put Their Financial Lives in the Hands of a Third Party Administrator. Management’s proposal takes approval of any remaining EIB usage and disability applications to a third party administrator who does not necessarily have KADLEC or a nurse’s interests in mind. Take the advice of your colleagues and watch the videos about Sedgwick on YOU-tube to see how they work. You’ll need an attorney to get your benefits if you are improperly denied. Management has agreed to maintain a contact person at the hospital. But who will be their employer? We don’t know.

You want management to agree to provide sufficient staffing so you can take your meal and rest breaks.

You want management to agree to provide sufficient staffing so you can take your much needed time off with pay.

You want fair and respectful wage increases that reflect your hard work.

KADLEC RNs stand united!

Wear your T-shirts, WSNA buttons, put out car signs, and yard signs. Show your support.

In Solidarity,

Your WSNA Negotiation Team

Powerpoint Presentation


Negotiations Update / Important Event / Yard Signs


September 15, 2015, we had a full day of mediated negotiations. We are still far apart on benefits and other issues.

Come join us for a very important presentation by our Chief Negotiator:

Monday, September 21, 2015
5:30PM-6:30PM
And
7:30PM-8:30PM

Red Lion Hotel Richland Hanford House
Ball Room
802 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99352

We will be handing yard signs out for everyone to place in your yard, your neighbor’s yard, your friends, and family’s yards. It’s time to start getting community support for us through these very tough negotiations.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your team members.


Negotiations Update


Day 6 of negotiations

We met with management on September 9, 2015. We are scheduled to go back to the table on Tuesday, September 15. Your team is working very hard to negotiate a FAIR contract. We heard loud and clear from you, our members, that you do not want to erode your PTO nor eliminate your EIB. Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. A benefits presentation was given by Keegan Fisher, Senior Director of Benefits.

We are working on several key issues regarding:

  • Benefits (Insurance, PTO, EIB, etc.)
  • Staffing language
  • Float Clusters
  • Membership
  • Wages

Show your support by wearing the T-shirts and buttons. We will be sending out communications to you following our next day of negotiations so watch your email, Kadlec RNs Facebook page, and the mail.


Update - Aug 24th


Thank you for making our dinner a huge success! It was great seeing all of you. Stay tuned for future activities.

Benefits Survey: We have had a good response to our benefits survey. If you have not completed the survey, please complete the it today. We will be closing the survey August 31, 2015.

Negotiations: We will be going back to the table with management on September 9, 2015. Unfortunately, we had to cancel the session on September 10, 2015 due to a scheduling conflict. We are also scheduled to meet on September 15th and 30th. If we are unable to reach a settlement by September 30th, we will schedule more dates. We are committed to this process and appreciate your continued support.

Facebook: If you are on Facebook, please go to our Facebook page “Kadlec RNs Care for Us” and like it. You can also check there for updates.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your officers or your nurse representative, Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or 206-491-9424.

Your Negotiating team members:
April Valdez- Cath Lab
Christine Schoengarth - OR
Gary Cook - ICU
Jenny Spaulding – 6RP
Josh Weston - Resource
Katie Nicholls - Resource
Kellen Klein – 3OP
Kelsi Duncan - NICU
Martha Galvez – Birth Center
Narda Leeming - ICU
Raquel Johnson - PAU
Ryan McCauley - ICU
Tara Blair – Birth Center


Upcoming Event!


We are inviting you to dinner!
(Vegetarian options will be available.)
Come join your local leaders for dinner on:
August 21, 2015
5:00pm-6:45pm and 7:30pm-9:00pm
Richland Community Center
500 Amon Park Dr., Richland, WA 99352

Facebook: Did you know we are on Facebook? Go to Kadlec RNs Care For Us and “like” the page. Invite your family, friends and neighbors to do the same. Stay tuned for more updates.

Benefits Survey: If you have not completed the survey yet, please do so here. Your input is valuable to your negotiating team. It only takes a few minutes to complete.

ADOs: Are you having safety issues on your unit? We want to know. ADOs are available here and are easily downloaded and printable. There are many scenarios in which to use this form from safety issues, missed breaks, equipment issues, staffing issues, etc.

Have you been a victim of workplace violence? Your manager needs to know as well. QRRs and ADOs need be completed to help both the employer and WSNA follow up on these issues.

Negotiations: We are set to go back to the table September 9th and 10th. Show your support by attending the dinner and learning more about what YOU can do to help us negotiate a fair contract. If you have more questions, feel free to contact one of your officers, Local Unit Reps, or your WSNA Nurse Rep, Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Kadlec RNs Stand United!


Update 7/24/2015


  • Complete the survey and win a T-shirt!
  • August 21, 2015 -- Save the date! Local Unit Dinner
  • “Like” our Facebook Page


We had a great turnout to the benefits package meetings. Thank you for attending and for the poignant questions many of you asked. As discussed at the meetings, your negotiating team needs your feedback regarding managements’ benefits package. We appreciated the feedback we received at those meetings. The next step is completing the survey regarding the proposed package. We need everyone to fill out the survey.

This is also a great resource for information regarding upcoming events, news regarding WSNA/Kadlec, and Statewide information.

Plan on attending a Local Unit dinner on August 21, 2015. We are having the dinner at the Richland Community Center. We’ll be sending out more reminders but in the meantime, please put this date on your calendar. We’ll have the center from 5pm-9pm to cover day and night shifters.

Have you gone to our Facebook page? Kadlec RNs Care For Us. If you have not “liked” the page yet, please do so and ask your friends and family to do the same! We’ll also post updates on our Facebook page.

If you have any questions, please contact one of your officers or Local Unit Reps. You can also contact your Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Kadlec RNs Stand United!


Calling All RNs in Central Washington: Join us for Free Continuing Education!


Advocating for a Healthy Lifestyle: Stress Management for Nurses on the Go!
3 Free Contact Hours
Karen Bowman, LHT MN, RN, COHN-S
WSNA Occupational and Environmental Health Specialist

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4-7 pm
St. Elizabeth’s Auditorium @ Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center
110 S 9th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902


Right to Work
What does that mean in my job?
2 Free Contact Hours
John Boyle
Labor Educator - WA State Labor Education & Research Center

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5-7 PM
Yakima Fire Department #95, 807 Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima WA, 98901

RSVP Today!
Light dinner will be provided.
Call WSNA at 1.800.231.8482 Ext 0
Or Email wsna@wsna.org

Please give your Name, Home Email Address and tell us which class you’d like to attend: Stress Management, Right to Work or Both!


Local Unit Meetings - July 8th


WSNA and KRMC continue to negotiate the terms of your collective bargaining agreement. However, we are far apart on benefits. WSNA needs to hear from you – this is YOUR CONTRACT.

Therefore we have scheduled 5 meetings on July 8, 2015 at the hospital (see below) to provide you with the opportunity to learn about the employer’s proposed benefit plan and then give your WSNA Bargaining Team your thoughts.

The first part of each meeting will include Kristen Fox, HR and Providence Benefits Specialists. You will have an opportunity to hear what the hospital is proposing in their benefits package and ask them any questions you have at that time.

The second portion of each meeting will be an opportunity for you and your WSNA Bargaining Team to discuss what you heard and hear your thoughts. This is a WSNA exclusive meeting and management will not be present for this discussion.

It is imperative that you plan to attend one of these very important meetings on July 8. Your negotiating team needs to hear from you.

  • 7:30AM-9:15AM
  • 9:30AM-11:30AM
  • 3:30PM-5:15PM
  • 5:30PM-7:00PM
  • 7:30PM-9:00PM

All meetings will be held in the Chinook Room at KRMC.

If you have any questions regarding these meetings, feel free to contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or 509-945-5224.


Negotiations Update


Five days of negotiations between Kadlec Regional Medical Center (KRMC) and the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) concluded June 15, 2015 without a final agreement. Tentative agreement has been reached on several provisions, but more work needs to be done on some other key issues. Negotiations will resume in September as the summer vacation season is near and both sides want to make sure all representatives are available to participate.

Our WSNA team members are:

Martha Galvez, Tara Blair, April Valdez, Raquel Johnson, Christine Schoengarth, Gary Cook, Narda Leeming, Ryan McCauley, Josh Weston, Kellen Klein, Jennie Spaulding, Katie Nicholls, Kelsi Duncan, and Carmen Garrison (Nurse Rep with WSNA).

WSNA will be scheduling local unit meetings in July. Watch for communications regarding dates and times for these very important meetings.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of our team members or Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.


Negotiations Update


Negotiating team members from Kadlec Regional Medical Center (KRMC) and the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) have concluded their first 2 days of negotiations. The groups are using the Interest Based Bargaining process to reach a new agreement.

The next round of negotiations is scheduled for June 8 and 9.

Members of the WSNA bargaining team include:

WSNA Leadership Team:

Team Members – Gary Cook, Jennie Spaulding, Katie Nicholls, April Valdez, Narda Leeming, Christine Schoengarth, Kelsi Duncan, Martha Galvez, Tara Blair, Ryan McCauley, Josh Weston, Kellen Klein, Raquel Johnson

WSNA Representatives – Carmen Garrison, Laura Anderson

Kadlec Leadership team:

Spokespersons – Kirk Harper

Members – Kirk Harper, Lane Savitch, Julie Meek, Kristen Fox, Jenee Bottineau, Loris Cook, Kathy Christensen, Christina Mackey, Kelly Harper, Nancy Dahlberg, Melanie O’Brien, Carla May

Kadlec Representatives – Mark Hutcheson, Dennis Westlind


Your Local Unit Officers


We are pleased to announce, effective immediately, the following members are your Local Unit Officers:

Chair:
Martha Galvez

Vice Chair:
Tara Blair

Secretary:
Heidi Harvey

Treasurer:
Kelsi Duncan

Grievance:
Josh Weston

Membership at Large:
Katie Nicholls
Jennie Spaulding

Congratulations to the new Officers and on behalf of our WSNA membership at Kadlec Regional Medical Center, we want to thank you for volunteering your service.

A special thanks to all of the out-going and past Officers: Narda Leeming, Gary Cook, Deanna Diulio, Raquel Johnson, and Gina Conrath, for your service since October, 2011.