Nurses at the bedside know that staffing levels have reached crisis levels due to burnout, moral injury and hospitals’ failure to take action to retain nurses. But even before the pandemic, so many of us were stretched to the limit, forced to take too many patients and work long shifts without a break. We need more than a quick fix – we need action to ensure safe staffing now and in the future.
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On Oct. 19, 2021, your contract negotiation team met with hospital management for our fourth bargaining session. The team was disappointed with the lack of movement from the hospital on issues of importance to the nurses. Management did not move on its proposal of 2% wage increases in each year of the contract. Additionally, management:
is demanding that the acute care float pool be dismantled
is insisting that that RNs face possible discipline if they don’t report to work within 45 minutes of being called back
hasn’t addressed our incentive pay proposal
hasn’t adequately addressed our concerns with staffing and floating
agreed to maintain a 6 week schedule
withdrew their proposal to force relief RN’s to take mandatory call
We meet next with management on Oct. 27!
Please display the negotiation car signs in your car window while at work. Also, please remember to wear your WSNA badge holders, stickers and buttons to show your support for a fair contract.
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your negotiating team: Karla Fowler, Local Unit Chair – ICU; Sarah Rice, Member at Large – Cath Lab; Mike Rogen, Member at Large – ER; Jennifer Buckhalter, Grievance Officer – Oncology; Elena Brent – Clinics; Christine Mitchell – Float Pool; Leslie Royce – Labor and Delivery; Elizabeth Brassfield – Medical; Kathy Arnesen – Surgical; Laura Jensen – OR; Annie Johnson – Pre Op
Please contact Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Rep at telmore@WSNA.org or 206 – 575-7979 ext. 3117 with questions or to find out what you can do to get a fair contract!
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.