Many of you have seen the FAQ Regarding Strikes” commu­ni­ca­tions from manage­ment. It raised as many questions as it answered. Here are WSNA’s answers to some of the concerns we’ve received.

What if I can’t afford to strike for a long period of time?
We have heard concerns about a long strike. We look forward to more conver­sa­tions and want to hear your input on the length of the strike at the upcoming vote. The vote on October 29 and 30 is to autho­rize a strike. The WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare will deter­mine the duration of the strike when a strike is called based on multiple factors including consul­ta­tion with our negoti­ating team. Your voice will help inform this decision so please attend the upcoming vote and make your voice heard.

Will I get fined if I cross the picket line?
WSNA is not going to fine you — we’re going to support each other. It’s not in WSNA’s Bylaws and Local Unit Rules, and WSNA has NEVER imposed fines against nurses who choose to work during a strike. If it comes to a strike, we certainly hope every Kadlec nurse will join us on the picket line to make the strike as effec­tive as possible as we work to achieve our goals at the bargaining table. Crossing a picket line erodes camaraderie in the workplace, prolongs the strike and negatively impacts our efforts to work as a team once the strike is settled. But, no, we will not fine you if you choose to go to work.

Do I have to be a member of WSNA?
If you want to vote on strike autho­riza­tion, you must be a WSNA member in good standing. We are proud that so many Kadlec nurse are members of WSNA — our unity makes us strong! If you are not a member and want to join (and vote in the upcoming strike autho­riza­tion), you can complete a WSNA member appli­ca­tion. If you choose to have your dues deducted from payroll for the next year, you don’t have to pay anything up front. If payroll deduc­tion is not selected, three months advance payment will be required. Nonmem­bers are welcome to attend the vote to hear the infor­ma­tion and to ask questions.

Will I be harassed at work if I don’t support the strike?
WSNA does not support harass­ment of any kind. We don’t want to harass anyone – we want to talk to each other about the very impor­tant decision on whether to autho­rize a strike.

WSNA is committed to providing accurate infor­ma­tion and answers to your questions and concerns.

Media­tion update

On Friday, Oct. 25, we met for our 15th session, our fifth with a Federal Mediator. Today, we presented a package proposal in the morning focused on preserving our earned benefits. Although manage­ment responded, sadly we are still far apart. We spent a signif­i­cant part of our day preparing for and inter­viewing Provi­dence’s benefits specialist. We are in the process of sched­uling another media­tion date in hopes of reaching an agree­ment we can recom­mend. Please come to the strike vote to learn more.

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