We reached a Tentative Agreement on our contract! #

Our unity and willingness to strike if necessary made this possible #

Your bargaining team is thrilled to announce that we have reached a tenta­tive agree­ment, after 13 hours at the table today with Provi­dence Kadlec, that saves our current PTO and secures stronger staffing language and safety against workplace violence.

Fourteen months ago, when Provi­dence Kadlec came to the table with proposals to slash PTO, we wouldn’t have thought this TA was possible. Our Kadlec nurses made this happen. Our rallies and picketing, our vote to autho­rize a strike, our work with Provi­dence health care employee unions across the state — they all made the difference.

Here are some of the key wins in this tenta­tive contract agreement: 

  • Maintains current total PTO accruals and total PTO caps for ALL current WSNA nurses (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.
  • Secures Short-Term Disability benefit to be maintained at a minimum of 65% and allows employee’s choice to use PTO or EIB to top off 100% of regular wages for STD.
  • Enhanced staffing language mandates that changes to the staffing plan be discussed with the staffing committee before imple­men­ta­tion and allows a WSNA staff repre­sen­ta­tive to attend staffing committee meetings.
  • Recog­nizes nurses’ discre­tion to remove themselves from a patient who they believe presents an immediate risk of violence and work with manager to develop a plan to assure nurse safety and appro­priate safe patient care.
  • Total wage increase of 10% over the life of this contract – 3% effec­tive 12/27/2019, 2.5% Jan 1, 2020, 2% Jan 1, 2021, 2.5% Jan 1, 2022 with expira­tion on Oct. 31, 2022.
  • Ratifi­ca­tion bonus of $1500 for 0.9 – 1.0FTE, prorated below 0.9FTE and $250 for per diems.

Additional TAs:

  • Medical plan increases up to 10% blended rate for 2019, 2020, 2021.
  • Maintain same low census language as previous contracts.
  • Nurses hired at 0.5FTE or above following ratifi­ca­tion would move to the new proposed PTO plan.
  • Nurses employed at ratifi­ca­tion may choose to migrate to the new proposed PTO plan within 45 days of ratification

We will have more infor­ma­tion for you in the coming days, including dates for contract ratifi­ca­tion voting.

Thank you from your bargaining team for all of the energy, support and action you have put into this contract campaign.

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)