Union

Overlake Hospital & Medical Center


You spoke. Overlake listened


Mandatory standby/call is a huge dissatisfier. The WSNA officers discussed this issue at length at nurse conference committee, and Overlake agreed to remove the requirement to sign up for mandatory standby shifts in L&D. On March 24, Peggy and Overlake administration instituted voluntary sign-up for standby shifts. As such, if nurses do not sign up for voluntary shifts, the previous mandatory sign up requirement for standby might be reinstated.

Please consider signing up for voluntary standby.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James at 206-575-7979, ext. 3004 or SJames@wsna.org


New online ADO forms


Not getting all of your breaks? Working short staffed or staying late? Feel like you are taking an unsafe patient assignment? Denied earned PTO?

Yes, there is something you can do about this. Fill out a Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection form today.

  • Nurses are standing together for safe staffing and completing a Staffing Complaint/ADO form is the first step.
  • These forms can help make things better NOW and can help gather needed data as we prepare for contract negotiations.
  • This new online form can be accessed through your phone making it simple and quick.
  • Copies of the submitted online form will automatically be sent to you, your local unit chair, co/vice chair, staffing committee co-chairs, WSNA nurse rep and manager (if you designate).

You can find the online form at wsna.org/ADO. For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James, BSN, RN at sjames@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3004.


Welcome to our newly elected WSNA officers


Treasurer:

Brenda Elliott
Labor & Delivery

Membership officer:

Andrew Meeks
South 4

Questions? Contact a local unit officer or WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James at sjames@wsna.org.


Overlake Labor & Delivery nurses, concerned about mandatory OT and mandatory standby?


Your WSNA local unit officers want to discuss these issues with you. Attend a drop-in meeting to voice your concerns.

WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James and WSNA Resource Nurse Specialist Hanna Welander will also be in attendance.

Location: Insight Conference Room, PACCAR
Date:
Jan. 11, 2019
Times
: 6-8 a.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James at sjames@wsna.org or a local unit officer.


Member news: 2018 December newsletter


Introducing the new WSNA nurse representative, Sydne James, BSN, RN

Sydne James

I have been an RN since 2008. My background is in Step Down, outpatient dialysis and hospice and palliative care. I started at WSNA as a nurse organizer and love being an advocate for nurses. I am excited to represent the nurses at Overlake and look forward to hearing from each and every one of you as to what your work issues are and your ideas of how things could be better. I am also excited to speak to nurses who are interested in learning more about WSNA at Overlake and who may want to get involved. There are many ways to participate and contribute and grow the nurses’ power at Overlake. This is how nurses will get the best contract in 2020.

Contact info: 206-575-7979, ext. 3004 and sjames@wsna.org.


Cafeteria time

Find WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James in the hospital cafeteria the last Wednesday of every month from noon-2 p.m. It’s a great opportunity for me to hear from you on issues and concerns.


Some union history

Nurses at Overlake formed a union and got their first contract more than 38 years ago. They wanted to have a voice in things related to their wages, hours and working conditions. They wanted shift differential. They wanted to earn seniority, a guarantee of overtime pay and sick leave. They wanted a guarantee of medical insurance benefits.

Since that contract was signed in 1980, nurses have gained a lot more benefits and continue to make gains every time the contract is negotiated. Those gains are not a gift from the employer. They are hard fought and only achieved by the majority of members standing together and showing unwavering support for the nurse negotiation team. If you wonder why the contract isn’t better, why the nurses don’t get all the proposals they ask for, ask yourself what you have done to help. The nurse negotiation team is only as strong as the union membership at Overlake.


Get involved with WSNA at Overlake

We have vacancies in the union leadership at Overlake. We’re asking for officer nominations.

Secretary – Duties of secretary include unit rep responsibilities, participating in contract negotiations, and performing secretarial duties at monthly conference committee meetings with management.

Treasurer – Duties of the treasurer include unit rep responsibilities, participating in contract negotiations and attending monthly conference committee meetings with management.

Grievance officer (multiple) – The grievance officer is trained as a liaison between the union nurses and WSNA to advise and assist in WSNA’s dealing with the employer concerning contract issues and grievances.

We encourage self-nominations and nominations of others. To nominate yourself or someone else, notify one of the WSNA officers at Overlake or WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James at sjames@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3004. Please include the nurse name, unit and the position.

All nominees must be members in good standing and must agree to be on the ballot. Ballots will be mailed in January or February 2019.

There are other ways to get involved besides running for a union leadership position. We are seeking multiple unit representatives for most units, membership officers (training provided), folks to manage an Overlake RN Facebook group, volunteers to sit on a committee (staffing, contract negotiations, safety or conference committees), volunteers to help write newsletters, etc. For more information on union activism, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James.


Membership matters

Why be active in WSNA? WSNA at Overlake is a grassroots union led by members. The nurses negotiate our own contracts and we are empowered to be leaders, serve on committees and participate in labor-management problem solving.

We would not have a contract if we did not have a union. Our union contract empowers us to act on important issues like safe staffing, ending mandatory overtime, addressing safety issues and receiving appropriate training.

What’s at stake is our patients’ quality of care, as well as our pay and our working conditions. Our patients will never say to us, “Nurse, I need you to be an active member of your union so that I get the care I deserve.” But it is the strength of our union that affects our patients’ care and their future.

If you are not yet a member, join today at wsna.org/membership.


Contract spotlight on certification pay

1) Are you receiving your rightful certification pay?

      Article 5.12 Certification (abbreviated)

      Registered nurses will be eligible to receive a nursing certification premium under this Agreement as follows:

      1. A list of approved certification programs will be available on the intranet and kept in the Staffing Office.
      2. The Hospital will determine if the certification in question is directly relevant to that individual nurse's practice setting or area of employment.
      3. The nurse must document to the Hospital's satisfaction certification achievement and maintenance.
      4. Only one (1) certification premium rate can be credited per nurse, regardless of other certifications a nurse may have.

      Do you have a certification that is not currently on the list of approved certification programs and want it to be added? According to the contract, new certification programs may be considered for addition to the list. Please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James to speak more about this.

      2) Did you know that you are eligible to receive a certification stipend for continuing education and certification (or recertification) exam costs?

        This certification stipend is limited to a maximum of $325 annually for full- and part-time RNs and $175 annually for on-call RNs who meet the minimum work requirements. Read more about this in article 12.6 of the contract.

        Current list of approved RN Specialty Certifications:

        CCRN, PCCN, CNRN, SCRN, CPAN, RN-BC, AFN-BC, NE-C, CPSN, CEN, CGRN, CGN, CPTC, CEPS, IBCLC, CRNI, CMSRN, CDE, CPN, CNOR, CRNFA, RNC, C-EFM, ONC, CRRN, CWOCN, CWCN, COCN, CCCN, CWON

        If you have a specialty certification that is not on this list and you would like it to be considered as an approved certification for specialty pay, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James.


        Grievance corner

        When does a problem become a grievance? Problems are grievances when they relate to a provision of the collective bargaining agreement (contract). A formal grievance filed by a nurse (or by WSNA on behalf of a nurse) must refer to the article or section of the contract that has been violated.

        WSNA will always work with the employer to settle problems or contract violations at the lowest level. This often means we can avoid filing a grievance. Let’s consider a recent issue at Overlake.

        Per the contract, the schedule for Thanksgiving week through Jan. 2 shall be posted by June 30. This was a win by nurses during the last contract negotiations to allow nurses to better plan for the holidays. In one unit at Overlake, a manager altered this schedule after June 30, after some nurses had already made travel plans. The manager indicated that the schedule posted on June 30 was merely a draft. A nurse spoke to her unit rep about this. The unit rep consulted the contract, then she and the nurse who brought it to the unit rep’s attention met with the manager who agreed to go back to the original schedule.

        Easy, right? In this instance, it was easy. Other times, it’s not so easy, as the employer and the union disagree on the contract language or that a contract violation has occurred. At such times, a grievance may be filed. But the first step in settling a problem is always the same, nurses take note that that a someone is not following the contract and speak up about it. Nurses at Overlake are all stewards of the contract. Membership in WSNA includes a responsibility to protect and enforce the contract.


        Upcoming WSNA events

        Mark your calendars for upcoming WSNA events that may interest you. Find out more about all these events (including how to register), click on the Calendar tab in the top menu banner.

        Jan. 28, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. is Advocacy Camp. The goal of WSNA’s 2019 Advocacy Camp is to educate nurses, nursing faculty and nursing students about the legislative process and about how to effectively advocate for nurses and patients when meeting with legislators. This year’s event will take place at the Red Lion Hotel in Tumwater.

        Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. is Nurse Lobby Day. The goal of WSNA’s Lobby Day is to advance our legislative priorities that support nurses and patient safety. This event will include a morning briefing session to help participants get up-to-speed on key issues before the legislature. Time will also be spent role-playing to prepare for afternoon appointments with your legislators. After lunch, you will head up to the hill to attend meetings with your legislators. This is a great opportunity for nurses to talk with their lawmakers about key issues, such as the need for uninterrupted rest breaks, as well as funding for school nurses, nursing education faculty and public health.

        May 1-3 is the Washington State Nurses Convention. This bi-annual convention is at Tulalip Casino. You have the opportunity to earn 24 CNE credits and members may get registration and hotel fees covered with local unit funds. If you are interested in taking advantage of this, contact any WSNA officer at Overlake as funds are limited.

        Keep abreast of what’s happening with your union at Overlake by keeping up with this page.


        Second meal break waiver form


        Overlake RNs have been asked by the medical center to sign a “Second Meal Period Waiver Form.”

        In our last contract negotiations, WSNA agreed with this plan and the form the hospital would use.

        10.7 Meal/Rest Periods A nurse shall receive an unpaid meal period of one-half (1/2) hour when scheduled to work more than five (5) hours. Consistent with the Hospital's practice over the years, nurses electing to work twelve-hour shifts shall have the choice of working a twelve-hour that includes one or two unpaid meal period(s). Nurses electing to work a twelve-hour shift with one unpaid meal period must waive their right to a second unpaid meal period on a form provided by the Hospital…

        All RNs are required to make your selection and sign the form. If you sign to waive your second unpaid meal period, you can occasionally take your second meal period on a particular day by 1) notifying your supervisor to ensure adequate coverage; 2) code in timekeeping system that you took a second unpaid meal period. You can also revoke your waiver at any time. If you do, you will then work a total of 13 hours (for a 12-hour shift) and receive two 30-minute unpaid meal periods.

        If you have any questions about this, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James at SJames@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3004.


        Announcing changes in WSNA Nurse Representative and WSNA Organizer


        I want to welcome WSNA Nurse Representative Sydne James. She will be taking over all incoming, new issues. I will finish up any outstanding matters to their conclusion and assist Sydne to make this transition seamless for you. Sydne can be reached at sjames@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3004.

        I also want to welcome WSNA Organizer Ione Fullerton. Ione will be rounding on all of the units, just like WSNA Nurse Organizer Tara Barnes did previously. Ione is assigned to Overlake full-time. If you see her, please be sure to say hello. Ione can be reached at ifullerton@wsna.org or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3060.

        It has been a pleasure working with all of the Overlake RNs for the past several months. I have recently accepted a position as WSNA Resource Nurse Specialist. In this position, I will work with all of the nurse representatives, providing resources and support in all of our Local Units, including Overlake.

        All my best to you,

        Hanna Welander
        WSNA Resource Nurse Specialist
        206-575-7979, ext. 3035
        hwelander@wsna.org


        Modification to residency requirement for 12-hour nurses


        It came to the attention of your WSNA local unit officers, WSNA nurse representative and OHMC management that a modification was needed regarding the nurse residency agreement. For 12-hour residents, the only option was to work 0.9 FTE. For 8-hour nurses, the minimum FTE was 0.8. To make this equitable, the residency agreement was modified by a mutually agreed side letter. Going forward from July 1, 2018, the minimum requirement for 12-hour nurse residents will be to work a minimum of 0.75 FTE.

        To view this side letter, please go to the Contracts & Documents tab.

        If you have any questions, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at (206) 575-7979, ext. 3035 or hwelander@wsna.org.


        Nursing strong at Advocacy Camp!


        Chris Birchem
        Ingrid Anderson

        Your new WSNA contract is now available online!


        After an overwhelming “yes” vote on your new contract, we have a fully signed agreement that is now available online.

        Visit the Contract & Documents tab to locate your contract.

        If you have specific questions, please contact one of your local unit officers:

        Additionally, new local unit officer election ballots have been sent out. Be sure to complete and return today!


        It’s not too late to sign up!


        WSNA Annual Leadership Conference in Chelan is next week and your LU leadership has elected to sponsor RNs at Overlake to attend this.
        Your registration, hotel and mileage will be reimbursed.
        You will hear nationally recognized speakers and have an array of educational opportunities.
        There are still spots available on a first come first serve basis.

        Call WSNA Representative Ed Zercher today in order to find out how at 206-575-7979, ext. 3022.
        See ya in Chelan!


        Your Contract has been ratified!


        The long hours, dedication and commitment of your WSNA Team of Registered Nurse Colleagues has paid off.

        We conducted a vote on July 12 that yielded a fantastic turnout and a resounding YES vote.

        Thanks to a most dedicated Team of your RN colleagues, we were able to secure a fantastic contract for the next 3 years. The full contract will be available online later this month.

        Contract Summary

        Understand that as your WSNA Bargaining Team, most of our time spent working hard on your behalf is not compensated. We ask one last time that you please consider donating one or more hours of your PTO to the Team so that we don’t have to burn through all of our PTO to get our FTE hours. Thank you to all the nurses who have donated PTO time. We greatly appreciate your generosity.

        Find the donation form here, print it, fill it out, then scan and email it to ezercher@wsna.org or you can fax it to the “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        We are thankful to be your colleagues and proud to have represented you in these negotiations.

        Questions? Contact your WSNA Nurse Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3022.


        Your WSNA RN Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement!


        We are so excited to let our colleagues know that we are happy to have reached the finish line and are proud of what we accomplished!

        Along the way, we had to fight off harmful proposals by management including:

        • A house wide floating proposal by the employer that raised serious patient safety concerns
        • An effort to cut your PTO accrual bank cap in half
        • An effort to force Per Diem RNs to take 12 hour shifts instead of 8 hour shifts disregarding their life outside of work, and
        • Anti-union language proposals.

        Here is what we gained:

        • Secured wage increases equaling 9.75% over the next 3 years as follows: Year 1, 4%; Year 2, 3%; Year 3, 2.75%,
        • Improved Low Census language,
        • Improved Winter Holiday Scheduling,
        • Increased premiums for relief Charge RN,
        • Just Cause Provision for Per Diem RNs,
        • Increased New Hire Orientation time for WSNA Representative,
        • New Step 30,
        • Improved Safety Committee Language,
        • Limited Successorship language and much more!

        Your WSNA Team of Registered Nurses have spent in excess of 72 hours each in these negotiations and Overlake is only paying them 32 hours each. We are relying on the generous PTO donations of our colleagues to help bridge this gap. You can find the PTO donation form here. Please consider giving at least one hour of PTO towards this cause today! Your team appreciates all the donations received so far but we are way short of being able to get paid for all the hours invested.

        A vote of the membership on the contract is coming!
        When: Wednesday, July, 12th.
        Times: 0700-0830 Clinical Ed Classroom PACCAR
        1500-1630 Inspiration Room PACCAR
        1900-2030 Insight Room PACCAR

        A big “thank you” goes out from your Bargaining Team in all of the efforts that you did that made a difference. Your posters and messages hit home with management. Your attendance at the Overpass Action showed solidarity and that we mean business. We are proud to have secured such an amazing contract and thank all the RNs who assisted in making this happen.

        If you are a current member of WSNA, thanks for your support. If you are not a current member of WSNA, it is not too late to join and help make a difference. You can find a membership application here. It will allow you to have full voting rights for our upcoming contract ratification vote. It’s not too late to join today and help make a difference. You can’t vote if you’re not a member.


        WSNA Negotiation Update


        More than 100 RNs, friends and family members braved the rain at our Rally over I-405 on June 15th. You showed up and we want you to know that this made a difference.

        Your WSNA team of RNs met with administration on Monday, June 19th, for our 8th bargaining session. It was a 13.5 hour day with a lot of back and forth. Unfortunately, we were unable to reach an agreement as there are several outstanding issues.

        One issue is rest and meal breaks. We work hard and we deserve our breaks. These are supposed to be guaranteed by WA state law. Overlake offered to post 8 additional 0.9 FTE float positions "to help support rest and meal breaks". This is not good enough; we want DEDICATED rest break RNs. Peri-operative services and ED RNs have them and it works. We ALL deserve our breaks.

        Overlake agreed to withdrawal their proposal to cut the maximum accumulation of PTO and to improved floating language, but with a high price to pay ... to get these wins, the cost is as follows:

        • No retroactive wage increases,
        • WSNA representatives would not be allowed to speak to Overlake RNs on hospital property without prior approval from administration at their discretion,
        • A new step 30 that is only 1% above step 28 (or $0.57),
        • Wage increases of 3.75% in year one, 2.5% in years two and three (other area hospitals are getting more) and
        • Withdrawing our proposal that gives the staffing committee teeth to try to solve the staffing issues of some units always working short-staffed.

        No one wants to reach an agreement more than we do, but we are not willing to settle. Nurses spend the most time with the patients. We are the center of the healthcare team. We are essential to the success of Overlake Hospital. We will keep fighting for a contract worthy of the Overlake RNs.

        In Solidarity,

        Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team: Sharon Sim - South 4, Julie Strate - South 5, Sara Hardin - CCU, Kelly Twiggs - CCU, Matt Atkins - ED, Gemma Aranda - PACU, Denise Langeland - South 4, Leigh Harris - CCU, Chris Birchem - East 3, Cherise Horn - South 4, Brenda Elliot- L&D.

        If you have not yet done so, please donate one or more hours of PTO to us as we are working hard on your behalf and are not currently compensated for this time. Find the donation form here. Print it, fill it out, then email it to ezercher@wsna.org or fax it to “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.


        WSNA Negotiation Update


        Your WSNA team of Registered Nurses met with Overlake Administration on Monday June 5th for our 7th bargaining session.

        We had a poster action in which we placed more than 25 posters around the room with messages from RNs throughout the hospital conveying your priorities and insisting on the support of management and CNO Julie Clayton. Our WSNA team stepped out of the room while administration and management read your messages. It was a powerful action that expressed the issues and priorities of Overlake RNs.

        Another powerful message to management …
        We also had 5 of our RN colleagues from around the hospital come and speak to the Overlake hospital bargaining team about the issues of floating, fair share membership, PTO cap reduction, break relief, successorship language, staffing, missed breaks and more. Thanks to these RNs who took the time out of their day to come and participate!

        WSNA introduced the first comprehensive proposal addressing ALL of the outstanding issues in a central package. WSNA asked to bring the proposal for fair share membership to a vote by ALL of the RNs, including non-members. The proposal states that all new hire RNs at Overlake would have the choice to join WSNA as a full dues-paying member in good standing or pay a lesser dues amount, their “fair share.” Current non-members would not be forced to join WSNA. Administration’s response was to flat out refuse allowing the nurses to vote on this important issue.

        Overlake hospital maintained an amended house-wide floating proposal in which RNs could still be forced to take a full patient assignment.

        No additional tentative agreements were reached yesterday. Administration ended negotiations at 5pm claiming that our room reservation had timed out, while WSNA was invested in persevering. As such, WSNA offered to move negotiations to any venue desired by administration, including the hospital, to continue negotiating as late in the day as it would take to reach an agreement, but administration refused. Administration apparently did not want to work past 5pm. Our next bargaining session is set for Monday June 19th.

        Your participation is needed!
        “Rally Over 405”
        *** June 15th from 1530-1730 ***

        Overlake Hospital needs to see that we want a fair contract NOW, one that ensures safe staffing and that puts patient safety first! Thousands of commuters will see our message. Overlake will too!

        The Plan:
        1. Schedule yourself to attend; invite colleagues, friends and family to join you; wear a scrubs top.
        2. Check in at the “staging area” on the corner of 116th Ave NE & NE 10th for instructions and supplies.
        3. Join us on NE 10th over I-405 with banners voicing our messages to Overlake hospital!

        Keep updated on this action and more by following our Facebook page:
        Nursing Strong Overlake
        Questions? Call WSNA at 206-575-7979 x3004


        Negotiations Update (setting the record straight)


        Overlake has failed to tell you about several key issues at stake in negotiations that will affect us all tremendously. Most importantly, WSNA is fighting for safe staffing that allows you to take your meal and rest breaks, and is working hard to defeat management’s dangerous proposal that would require nurses to float house-wide. Management refuses to budge on these and other key issues and while we have made a few small agreements, we continue to be far apart on many items. Here are some of the issues WSNA is fighting for:

        Staffing & Rest Break Relief: WSNA has proposed language that would require the Hospital to improve its staffing and ensure you are able to get your breaks by using a break relief nurse on each unit. A few units already use break nurses and other hospitals across the state have also begun to adopt it as well. Unsurprisingly, when nurses are actually relieved of duty to take a break, and when units are not chronically working short, nurses are able to get their breaks. But Overlake has refused to step up and offer to do anything about the staffing problem, instead insisting that it take only the minimal steps it is already required to take under state law. WSNA will continue to fight for your right to safe staffing and to be able to take the meal and rest breaks!

        House-wide Floating: Management has proposed radically changing the floating language by requiring nurses to float house-wide, reflecting the mistaken belief that “a nurse is a nurse”. Any nurse would be required to go to any unit at any time and could be forced to take an assignment. This is not safe. Even worse, the language could leave nurses open to discipline for mistakes in caring for patients that they are not properly trained for if the nurse had not notified the charge nurse, shifting all the risks and responsibilities of management’s dangerous house-wide floating proposal onto YOU.

        Cutting Your PTO in Half: Management is insisting on cutting your PTO bank maximum in half, from two to one year of accumulated PTO. What does this mean to you? If you currently earn 200 hours per year, you can currently bank 400 hours but management’s proposal would mean you can only bank 200 hours. That is only 5 weeks! What if you are out caring for a loved one, or have a baby, or need surgery requiring time off of up to 12 weeks and you only have 5 weeks of PTO to keep money rolling in? WSNA is fighting hard against this huge takeaway.

        Fair Share Union Membership: Management knows that when we speak with a strong, united voice, we win. That’s why they have adamantly refused to consider WSNA’s proposal that all newly hired nurses be given the choice to either join as a full-fledged voting member or pay a reduced “fair share” fee. This would not affect nurses already at Overlake and would not cost a penny, but it would create a more active and engaged membership, strengthening our collective voice. Most every other hospital in the state already has “fair share membership” but Overlake has adamantly maintained its extreme anti-union stance.

        Fairness for Per Diems: Management continues to take a hardline on two key issue for per diems. First, it refuses to extend “just cause” protection to per diems, insisting on retaining the right to fire an on-call nurse at any time and for any reason without any justification at all. That’s not fair and WSNA continues to fight for per diem nurses to be treated fairly. Second, management wants to restrict per diem RNs to scheduling themselves only for “posted shifts”, which in many cases will mean 12-hour shifts only, leaving many per diems who can only work 8-hour shifts with no options.

        Call to Action! We are asking all RNs join us on June 15th from 3:30-5:30pm on the I-405 overpass behind the Hospital. We will be holding banners to inform the public about the necessity of safe staffing and asking for support of our RNs during negotiations. There may be additional actions planned in the event we do not reach an agreement at our next bargaining session on June 5th so stay tuned. Log on to our Facebook page at to stay informed. We must remain united to fight for a fair contract!


        Important Message to All Overlake RNs...


        You need to understand details of current contract proposals that will impact our working conditions and our work/life balance.


        As such, we need you to show up to a one-hour meeting at one of these 3 time slots:

        Tuesday, May 23rd

        • 0715-0815 PACCAR Inspiration Room
        • 1515-1615 PACCAR Inspiration Room
        • 1915-2015 Cafeteria

        Learn details about Overlake's proposals to:

        • Float RNs hospital-wide and take a full patient assignment,
        • Cut your PTO maximum accrual rate in half,
        • Weaken the nurses' voices, and
        • Others that may negatively impact you!

        Learn about WSNA proposals to:

        • Ensure better staffing for breaks and scheduling PTO,
        • Get union security so all Overlake RNs have a stronger voice,
        • Secure successor language in the event Overlake is sold, and
        • Get the nurses a fair economic package.

        Join us, get informed and help us get the best contract!


        Who wants pizza?


        Monday, May 1st
        2pm to 4pm
        PACCAR Center Insight Conference Room

        Grab some grub and get up-to-date on what is happening with contract negotiations. Overlake bargaining team members and WSNA staff will be on hand answer your questions and explain where we are and how to get where we want to be.

        Overlake has 814 RN on staff. Your team has 11 volunteers. We can’t get a great contract without your help and support. Show up and bring a nurse colleague.

        We are WSNA and united we will prevail!

        In Solidarity,
        Your WSNA Bargaining Team


        Negotiations Update


        Your WSNA RN bargaining team met for our 6th session with Overlake administration on Friday, April 21st. We exchanged a number of proposals and were able to reach a tentative agreement on a few minor issues. Most notably, administration REJECTED the following WSNA proposals:

        • Extending the rights of “just cause” to on-call/Per Diem RNs – Administration said “NO,” claiming these RNs do not deserve the same rights and securities as RNs working an FTE.
        • Contract language preserving our working conditions in the event of a buyout or merger. Admin said “NO”
        • Fair Share WSNA membership language that will strengthen our collective voice and bargaining power. “NO”
        • Add Martin Luther King, Jr. as a paid holiday. “NO”
        • Hire dedicated Rest-Break Relief RNs … “NO”

        Overlake still insists on RNs floating to any unit and be subject to take a full patient assignment. Your WSNA Negotiations Team believes this is very dangerous for your license and creates a threat to patient safety!

        Overlake still wishes to cut the amount of PTO RNs can accumulate in Half! Your WSNA Negotiations Team believes this severely limits your ability to earn and utilize your PTO in a manner that works best for you!

        What you need to know: Administration gave us data noting more than 13,000 missed breaks in 2015 and 2016; yet denies the current system of break-relief is broken. They stated there are currently 114 open RN positions and yet they continue to deny we have a staffing problem.

        Our next bargaining session is set for Tuesday, May 9th. RNs at Overlake are dedicated to providing the best patient care possible. We deserve a contract that’s the best! Stay tuned for actions that we will be taking in the next couple of weeks to let management know that they can’t just turn their head to these major problems and dissatisfiers.

        What can you do? Solidarity matters! Swap out your badge holder for our new ‘TEAM WSNA’ badge reel and wear blue every Friday. Join WSNA today if you are not already a member! (Contact any member of the negotiation team or any officer or unit rep about joining). Like and follow the WSNA Overlake Facebook page, “Nursing Strong Overlake”. Doing all of these things will help us get the best contract!

        A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has generously donated PTO to us. As your WSNA bargaining team, we have completed the 32 hours for which Overlake pay us for our time. If you have not yet done so, please donate one or more hours of PTO to us as we are working hard on your behalf. Thank you!!! Find the donation form online here. Print it, fill it out, then email it to ezercher@wsna.org or fax it to “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team: Sharon Sim, Julie Strate, Sara Hardin, Kelly Twiggs, Matt Atkins, Gemma Aranda, Denise Langeland, Chris Birchem, Cherise Horn, Brenda Elliot, Leigh Harris


        Negotiations Update


        Your WSNA RN bargaining team met for our 5th session with Overlake administration on Friday, April 14th. Both sides exchanged proposals on staffing, On-Call (per diem) RN requirements, a New Nurse Residency Agreement, low census and more. As part of addressing a larger staffing problem, WSNA proposed the introduction of dedicated Rest Break Relief RNs that would be assigned only that duty and will ensure that RNs get our much-needed breaks and lunches.

        What you need to know: Administration has not backed off of their egregious proposal to require RNs to float anywhere in the hospital and take a full patient assignment at the unit manager’s discretion. We believe this is dangerous for the patients and the nurses.

        Our next bargaining session is set for Friday, April 21st. We will look at additional dates for negotiations as needed. Know that we are committed to making sure that your priorities are our driving force.

        What can you do? Solidarity matters! Swap out your badge holder for our new ‘TEAM WSNA’ badge reel and wear blue every Friday. Join WSNA today if you are not already a member. (Contact any member of the negotiation team or any officer or unit rep about joining). Like and follow the WSNA Overlake facebook page. Doing all of these things will help us get the best contract!

        A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has generously donated PTO to us. As your WSNA bargaining team, we have completed the 32 hours for which Overlake compensates us for our time. If you have not yet done so, please donate one or more hours of PTO to us as we are working hard on your behalf. Thank you!!!

        Find the donation form here. Print it, fill it out, then scan and email it to ezercher@wsna.org or you can fax it to the “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        United we bargain; divided we beg.

        Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team: Sharon Sim - South 4, Julie Strate - South 5, Sara Hardin - CCU, Kelly Twiggs - CCU, Matt Atkins - ED, Gemma Aranda - PACU, Denise Langeland - South 4, Leigh Harris - CCU, Chris Birchem - East 3, Cherise Horn - South 4, Brenda Elliot - L&D



        Meet your WSNA RN Bargaining Team and WSNA Staff this week in the Cafeteria


        Attention all Overlake Registered Nurses,

        Select Negotiation Team members and WSNA staff will be available to answer your questions and address your concerns this week in the cafeteria. We will have a table set up with a WSNA banner on it for the following times:

        • Wednesday, April 5, 1100-1300
        • Thursday, April 6, 1200-1400
        • Friday, April 7, 0700-0900

        Stop by during your break or lunch and get informed!

        Your input is appreciated and necessary throughout this negotiations process.

        In Unity,
        Ed Zercher BSN, RN
        WSNA Nurse Representative\\


        Negotiations Update


        Your WSNA RN bargaining team met for our 4th session with Overlake administration on Friday, March 31st. Administration finally put forth their initial economic package and it did not address a large portion of WSNA’s concerns. We want all Overlake RNs to receive wages that we deserve, wages that will recruit and retain the best and brightest RNs to work at Overlake. What you need to know:

        1. The hospital has offered several very anti-union proposals, including prolonged “opt-out” periods and stopping automatic dues deduction if our contract were to expire.
        2. We are still waiting to hear back from them on what we have identified as significant staffing issues. We shared with them compelling personal stories of RNs from around the hospital experiencing missed breaks and lunches, working short-staffed, and not having time to get all of your work done. This is not acceptable. Also outstanding are the employer’s proposals that assert to have you float anywhere in house and take a full patient assignment solely at their discretion and the other to cut your PTO accrual bank maximum in half!!

        Our next bargaining session is set for Friday, April 14th. What can you do? Solidarity matters! Swap out your badge holder for our new ‘TEAM WSNA’ badge reel and wear blue every Friday. Join WSNA today if you are not already a member. (Contact any member of the negotiation team or any officer or unit rep about joining). Like and follow the WSNA Overlake Facebook page, “Nursing Strong Overlake”. Doing all of these things will help us get the best contract!

        A huge ‘Thank You’ to everyone who has generously donated PTO to us. As your WSNA bargaining team, we have completed the 32 hours for which Overlake compensates us for our time. If you have not yet done so, please donate one or more hours of PTO to us as we are working hard on your behalf. Thank you!!!

        Find the donation form online here. Print it, fill it out, then scan and email it to ezercher@wsna.org or you can fax it to the “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        United we bargain; divided we beg. Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team


        Negotiations Update


        Your WSNA RN bargaining team met for our 3rd session with Overlake administration on Monday, March 27th. Both sides exchanged additional proposals. Administration has yet to respond to what we feel is a fair wage proposal. They said they will present their economic proposal at our next bargaining session.

        What you need to know: The hospital’s proposals include their desire to have RNs float almost anywhere in house and take a full patient assignment at management’s sole discretion. Does this sound safe to you? They also proposed to cut the amount of PTO you are allowed to accrue in half. You will stop accruing PTO when you have banked hours equaling one time your annual accrual rate. Per diem RNs: they want to restrict our work shifts we may schedule. Example: If you normally work 8-hr shifts, you may be required to work 12.

        Our next bargaining session is set for Friday, March 31st.


        What can you do? Join WSNA today if you are not already a member. (Contact any member of the negotiations team, any officer or unit rep about joining). Wear blue every Friday in a show of solidarity. Like and follow the WSNA Overlake facebook page, “Nursing Strong Overlake”.

        Understand that as your WSNA bargaining team, most of our time spent working hard on your behalf is not compensated. We ask that you please donate one or more hours of your PTO to the team so that we don’t have to burn through all of our PTO to get our FTE hours. Thank you!!!

        Find the donation form here, print it, fill it out, then scan and email it to ezercher@wsna.org or you can fax it to the “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        United we bargain; divided we beg.
        Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team


        Negotiations Update


        Your WSNA RN bargaining team met for our second session with Overlake administration on Thursday, March 23rd. Administration began with a PowerPoint presentation on staffing and recruitment. Both sides then discussed at length proposals presented by both sides. We have presented what we feel is a fair wage proposal; administration has not yet presented their wage proposal.

        What you need to know: We believe that several of the hospital’s proposals would have a significant negative impact on our working conditions and benefits. Think floating and PTO. But fear not! We will continue to help administration understand the value of our skills and expertise, what we do, and why we do it.

        Our next bargaining session is set for Monday, March 27th.

        What can you do? Like and follow the WSNA Overlake facebook page, “Nursing Strong Overlake”. Wear blue every Friday in a show of solidarity. Join WSNA today if you are not already a member. (Contact any member of the negotiation team or any officer or unit rep about joining).

        Understand that as your WSNA bargaining team, most of our time spent working hard on your behalf is not compensated. We ask that you please donate one or more hours of your PTO to the team so we don’t have to burn through all of our PTO to get our FTE hours. Thank you!!!

        Find the donation form here, print it, fill it out, then scan and email it to ezercher@wsna.org or you can fax it to the “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        Sincerely,
        Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team


        Negotiations Update


        Your WSNA RN bargaining team met for our first session with Overlake administration on Thursday, March 16th. Both parties exchanged opening proposals. We will respond to each other’s proposals at our next meeting. Know that we are committed to making your priorities the driver of these negotiations.

        Who is representing you, the Overlake RNs? We are:

        Leigh Harris - CCU, Sara Hardin - CCU, Kelly Twiggs - CCU, Brenda Elliot- L&D, Gemma Aranda - PACU, Matt Atkins - ED, Cherise Horn - South 4, Sharon Sim - South 4, Denise Langeland - South 4, Chris Birchem - East 3, and Julie Strate- South 5.

        Our next bargaining session is set for Thursday, March 23rd.

        What can you do? Wear blue every Friday in a show of solidarity. Join WSNA today if you are not already a member. (Contact any member of the Negotiation Team or any Officer or Unit Rep about joining).

        Please understand that as your WSNA bargaining team, most of our time spent working hard on your behalf is not compensated. We ask that you please donate one or more hours of PTO to us so that we don’t have to burn through all of our PTO to get our FTE hours. Thank you!!!

        Find the donation form here. Print it, fill it out, then scan and email it to ezercher@wsna.org or you can fax it to “Attn: Ed” at 206-575-1908.

        Sincerely,
        Your WSNA RN Negotiating Team


        Convention 2017


        Don't miss the upcoming Washington State Nurses Convention May 3-5! At Convention, we’ll be diving deep into one the top issues for registered nurses today: Creating a Culture of Safety. Register today for early bird pricing and hotel discounts (through March 30). Some local units are sponsoring attendance at Convention. Check with your local unit officers.


        Negotiation Preparation has begun!


        Your WSNA Negotiations team has now met twice in preparation of upcoming negotiations.

        We are utilizing all of the personal feedback and survey responses to drive our priorities for these negotiations.

        Your team is comprised of approximately 11 RNs from a variety of units so that we can represent the needs of all RNs throughout Overlake.

        We are planning to meet again soon with our WSNA Attorney to finalize our strategy and bargaining dates taking place in March and April.

        These RNs are spending countless hours of their own time preparing for these negotiations and WSNA will soon be asking folks to consider donating PTO hours to offset their time and commitment.

        A great big thanks is in order for every RN that took the time to fill out the survey and offer their expertise and experience in an effort to make Overlake Hospital a great place to work!

        For questions contact WSNA Nurse Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org.

        In Solidarity…
        Ed Zercher and your entire RN Bargaining Committee



        2016 Negotiation Survey


        2016 Negotiation Survey

        Contract negotiations start soon. Please take five minutes to complete the online survey that will be the driver for our priorities in negotiations next spring.

        Also, if you have any interest in being on the negotiations team, please indicate this in the survey.

        Your opinion, your voice and your expertise matter, so take the survey today!
        WSNA emailed the survey link to your personal email on Tuesday, Nov. 11. If you did not get the email, contact WSNA nurse organizer Sydne James at sjames@wsna.org.

        You can also find a link to the survey at the Nursing Strong Overlake” Facebook page.

        The survey closes on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2016 so fill it out today and encourage your fellow RNs to do so as well.
        Let’s make this round of negotiations the best ever!


        Get out the vote!


        Get out the vote!


        Show up and get involved!


        Overlake RNs recently took a break and got together for some good food and WSNA presentation on upcoming contract negotiations. WSNA Nurse Representative Ed Zercher spoke about what we can expect Overlake hospital administration to propose, and WSNA Nurse Organizer Sydne Brewer talked about how the Overlake RNs can be active to help get the best contract. Nearly every RN attending signed up to get involved in some way, including meeting regularly to talk about increasing our member strength!

        If you are a WSNA member, You Are WSNA.
        Join us to help make Overlake Nursing Strong!

        August 3, 5-6:30pm, PACCAR Vision room
        Light dinner provided for all attendees. RSVP to Sydne Brewer, 206-575-7979 x3004 or sbrewer@wsna.org

        If you are unable to attend this meeting in person, we are setting up a video conferencing link to allow you to log in remotely, using GoToMeeting. If this works for you, contact Sydne Brewer for log in info, sbrewer@wsna.org

        If you have something to say about what you want changed at Overlake, and you probably do, show up and speak up. This is your chance to make things better


        Schedule your time off now!


        The 2016 WSNA Union Leadership Conference in beautiful Lake Chelan is scheduled for Sept 25-27. Nurses from across the state will convene to get an update on the national and state labor scenes, to learn how to be more effective leaders in our own workplaces, to celebrate our successes and to strategize for what’s coming next. Last year, attendees received up to 7 CEUs for attending workshops and presentations.

        Your Local Unit Officers are sponsoring 10 nurses who are WSNA members with registration and reimbursement of hotel costs and mileage reimbursement. Contact one of your Local Unit Officers or your WSNA Nurse Rep Ed Zercher (ezercher@wsna.org) for more information or to reserve your spot at this event.

        The town of Chelan is located near the center of Washington State, 180 miles east of Seattle and 160 miles west of Spokane.


        Overlake RNs – Dinner or breakfast? You choose!


        Overlake RNs—Our WSNA contract expires in April.

        Join us, your WSNA elected nurse leaders and our RN colleagues, for FREE food & info on what we like to call …

        “Negotiations: What Administration Will NOT Tell You”

        Choose between Dinner at Maggiano's or Breakfast at the Coast Hotel.

        Both events are open to all RNs at Overlake, not just WSNA members; because we all deserve a break and we all need to get hip to upcoming negotiations!

        Please RSVP! (We need to have plenty of food!)

        To reserve your seat, call 206-575-7979, ext. 0 or email wsna@wsna.org.

        If you have questions or would like to volunteer at the dinner or the breakfast, contact WSNA nurse organizer Sydne Brewer. 206-575-7979, ext. 3004 or sbrewer@wsna.org.


        Thank you WSNA Members


        WSNA and your Local Unit Leaders want to say Thank You to WSNA Members!

        Show up and claim your one of a kind “Nursing Strong” water bottle! These are one-liter, BPA-free water bottles that you can use at work or at home.

        When/Where: Noon to 2pm on Friday May 27th in the Cafeteria.

        Your WSNA Local Unit Leadership team wanted to say thank you as part of our 2016 Nurses Week in addition to wanting to acknowledge the strength of nurses at OHMC.
        (These water bottles are only for RNs who are WSNA members.)

        You may have already seen these in use today because WSNA staff and LU leaders rounded all inpatient units late into the evening of Wednesday May 25th to hand these out to RNs working that night and the following morning.

        Thanks for all you do for your colleagues, the profession and most importantly, your patients!

        Overlake RNs are
        Nursing Strong WSNA!



        Nurse Representative Change


        After more than 6 years of representing the wonderful WSNA nursing staff at Overlake, I am stepping into a new role at WSNA as the Nursing Practice and Policy Specialist. Please watch for further updates about this new role in the Washington Nurse.

        Ed Zercher will be assuming the role of your Nurse Representative. Ed has been with WSNA for more than six years as a Nurse Representative.

        I’d like to extend a big thank you to your officers, Pam Depolo and Chris Birchem, Co-Chairs, Sara Hardin, Secretary/Treasurer and Kelly Ashton, Grievance Officer for their hard work in working with me to represent you at your facility. I know that together with Ed, they will continue to do a great job representing you. As always, WSNA is your resource for any questions related to your contract as well as any topic covered under wages, hours and working conditions.

        Sincerely,
        — Sara Frey sfrey@wsna.org (206) 575-7979, ext. 3039

        Contact information for Ed Zercher
        ezercher@wsna.org (206) 575-7979, ext. 3022