Martha Strike

Strike Vote in the news! #

The commu­nity cares about their nurses. Yesterday, we announced your strike autho­riza­tion vote to the media and have already had several news stories:

TRI-CITY HERALD — Kadlec hospital nurses to vote on strike #

KEPR TV — Kadlec nurses could vote on strike after year without contracts #

KVEW TV — Hundreds of Kadlec nurses may vote to go on strike #

Univision KUNW — Más de 900 enfermeras se preparan para un voto de huelga #

Your strike questions answered #

Our goal is a contract that addresses our staffing concerns, protects our earned benefits and demon­strates respect for our profes­sion­alism and dedica­tion. We are also protesting management’s unfair labor practices. We don’t want to go on strike, but we will strike if we have to.

With the upcoming strike autho­riza­tion vote, we know there are many questions. Here are the answers to the top questions we have heard thus far: 

  1. Does manage­ment have a plan to staff and deliver care during a strike? What will happen to my patients?

    Make no mistake about it — if we go on strike it will be FOR our patients.

    If a strike is called, we will give Kadlec the required 10-day notice so that admin­is­tra­tion can plan for patient care. In addition, WSNA’s strike prepa­ra­tion includes estab­lishing an RN Emergency Standby Team Committee that would solicit volun­teers to work in the case of an emergency. You can sign up for this and other strike commit­tees by submit­ting this form.

    The ANA Nursing Code of Ethics states that the nurse, through individual and collec­tive effort, estab­lishes, maintains, and improves the ethical environ­ment of the work setting and condi­tions of employ­ment that are conducive to safe, quality health care.” By demanding that Kadlec Regional Medical Center address nursing staffing and patient safety issues, we are doing nothing less than making an ethical stand on behalf of the patients we serve.

  2. How long will the strike last?

    The vote on October 29 and 30 is to autho­rize a strike. Duration of the strike will be deter­mined at a later time by the WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare when a strike is called, based on multiple factors including consul­ta­tion with our negoti­ating team.

  3. Who is eligible to vote on October 29 & 30 at the Strike Autho­riza­tion vote?

    Only WSNA members in good standing have the right to vote in a strike autho­riza­tion vote in their bargaining unit. If a bargaining unit nurse is not a WSNA member but wants to join WSNA in order to vote, they may do so by completing a WSNA member appli­ca­tion and signing 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.

  4. Can I mail in my vote?

    No, votes must be made in person during the provided voting times.

Other questions? #

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

Your Bargaining team:
Jacob Garcia (CDU), Martha Galvez (Birth Center), Vanessa Douglas (ICU), Kathy Peot (Resource), Marianne Sturte­vant (OR), Meri Bukovinsky (CDU), Joyce McMurphy (NICU)

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