September 28, 2022 - After a grueling 14-hour session yesterday, the negotiation team is on the verge of finalizing a deal that would bring historic wage increases to both campuses. The negotiation team and the employer exchanged nearly a half-dozen proposals, focused on economic issues and addressing the UWMC’s nurse shortage. The team is committed to reaching a tentative agreement with the best possible wages and benefits for members of the bargaining units. We are continuing our work today so that we may respond to a late-night proposal we received from UWMC. We were encouraged by the movement the employer made at the table and believe we are close to a wage and benefit package that will make us more competitive with other area hospitals.
WSNA last proposed a wage scale containing a 5% increase on January 1, 2023, a 10% increase on July 1, 2023, and 3% on July 1, 2024. When combined with the 5% increase we received August 1, 2022, for recruitment and retention, this would total 23% in a twenty-three month period. The employer has countered with 4% January 1, 2023, 9% July 1, 2023, and 3% July 1, 2024, this combined with the 5% from August 1, 2022, is a total of 21% across the board increases. UWMC has proposed an additional increase for nurses in Steps 1 through 5.
The current MOU for the lump sum premium will expire on September 30, 2022. The employer has elected not to renew, despite the WSNA bargaining team’s repeated objections. In its place they have proposed a more restrictive Incentive Shift MOU version that our team is still working to modify in order for it to be effective.
The team fought long and hard for several different premiums including but not limited to, extra steps for the pay scale, night shift differential and stand by pay. We expect the final Tentative Agreement will contain several improvements, though not as many as we want to see. Given the unprecedented size of the wage increases, UWMC resisted investing in certain premiums.
WSNA proposed 2 additional steps to top of the wage scale, but this was rejected by the employer.
The team is committed to bringing the best possible contract to the nurses at the UWMC and are bargaining in good faith with management. In the spirit of this we will be meeting as a team today, September 28, 2022, at 1600 to discuss the employer’s last proposal. We have seen what was accomplished at both Children’s and Swedish and want to carry that momentum to the UWMC as well.
When we fight, we win!
Your contract bargaining team,
UWMC Northwest team of registered nurses:
Liz Tassani – Emergency Department
Kari Christianson – Outpatient Surgery Center
Josef Mansour – Emergency Department
Grace Jones – Intensive Care Unit
Heidi Glendenning – Childbirth Center
Jerrome Sicat - Outpatient Surgery Center
UWMC Montlake team of registered nurses:
Teresa Wren- Labor and Delivery
Chris Jakubowski- Cardiovascular Procedures
Jan Bower- Operating Room
Doug Harper- Neonatal Intensive Care
Erika Speckhardt- 5SA
Lizzy Ryden- Emergency Dept