The nurses at Kadlec stood united, voted to autho­rize a strike and were deep into strike prepa­ra­tions,” said Vanessa Douglas, nurse in the ICU at Kadlec and a member of the negoti­ating team. Without that unity we would never have been able to fight off the harsh takeaways Provi­dence Kadlec had proposed.”

There is no doubt in my mind that our solidarity across unions made this tenta­tive agree­ment possible,” said Martha Galvez, labor and delivery nurse at Kadlec and chair of the WSNA Kadlec local unit. Four years ago, Provi­dence sat across the bargaining table and made a promise on paid time off and illness banks. It took all of us standing together to make them keep that promise.

We heard the Kadlec nurses loud and clear during the past 14 months that your top prior­i­ties are protecting PTO snd EIB. Our tenta­tive agree­ment does both:

  • Maintains current total PTO accruals and total PTO caps for ALL nurses covered by the collec­tive bargaining agree­ment (including 0.45FTE).
  • Maintains all existing EIB accruals and allows them to be used for all purposes currently allowed, as well as for topping off to 100% of regular wages for short term disability or Washington Paid Family and Medical Leave benefit.

In addition, tenta­tive agree­ment also includes enhanced staffing and workplace violence language to help keep nurses and patients safe. Total wage increases are 10% over the life of this contract, include an increase of 3% upon ratifi­ca­tion and 2.5% on January first, and full-time nurses will receive a bonus of $1,500 upon ratifi­ca­tion of the contract, with the bonus prorated for part-time nurses.

We know you have more questions. Please attend the upcoming local unit meeting:

Dec. 4, 2019
Columbia I, II and II
5:30 — 7 p.m.
7:30 — 9 p.m.

Contract Ratifi­ca­tion Vote

Dec. 9, 2019
Chinook I

8 — 10 a.m.
noon — 2 p.m.
4 — 6 p.m.
8 — 10 p.m.