We don’t want to go on strike. We want a fair contract. Sometimes, though, withholding our labor is the only way left to stand up for our patients and ourselves.

If you haven’t already, read WSNA’s blog post Sometimes walking is the last, best option.”

Standing together in solidarity on the strike line is the biggest no” our profes­sion has to offer. No more margin­al­iza­tion of patient care, no more slashing of the benefits that allow us to take care of our families and our patients, no more treat­ment of staff that leads too many to walk away.”

Sometimes, allowing a hospital to continue along its current path is more harmful than any negative conse­quences resulting from a strike. In such instances, and when all other alter­na­tives have been exhausted, we are called to act collec­tively on behalf of our patients.”

A strike is partic­u­larly critical when the employer engages in bad faith bargaining and commits other unfair labor practices. Nurses must be free from illegal coercion and intim­i­da­tion so they can effec­tively advocate for their patients’ needs. Such unlawful manage­ment tactics cannot stand unanswered…”

Vote on October 29 & 30 #

We have sched­uled vote times throughout the day on two consec­u­tive days to give as many nurses as possible the oppor­tu­nity to vote. Please note that vote times will be strictly enforced and limited to the voting times listed below.

October 29 and 30 unfair labor practice strike autho­riza­tion vote
location and times:

Red Lion Hotel
802 George Washington Way
Richland, WA 99352

Times are the same for both days
8 – 10 a.m.
noon‑2 p.m.
4 – 6 p.m.
8 – 10 p.m.

Please note that you must be a WSNA member in good standing to vote on strike autho­riza­tion. If you are not a member, you can still join and cast your ballot. Complete a WSNA member appli­ca­tion and sign the dues autho­riza­tion that includes incur­ring an oblig­a­tion to pay WSNA dues for at least a year. If payroll deduc­tion is not selected, three months advance payment will be required.

Questions? #

Please submit your questions and poten­tial concerns so we can be prepared to respond at the strike vote coming up.

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