Union

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center


Bargaining update: Communication you can TRUST


Recently Management sent a “Bargaining Update” to all WSNA RNs. Reading this update, some nurses may have concluded that it was a joint communication from Management and WSNA. IT WAS NOT. WSNA had no role in preparing the “update” which was, instead, prepared solely by Management. WSNA does not produce joint communications with Management, as we prefer to provide accurate material for our members to read and consider.

Management’s “update” does not present a complete picture of what is happening at the negotiating table, as you will see below.

In a nutshell, Management has proposed drastic changes to your current paid-leave benefits that, if Management has its way, would begin to take effect in 2020.

Your WSNA bargaining team does not feel these changes are in our best interest, and we are fighting hard at the table to ensure that you have fully-paid time away from work for vacations and to care for ourself and our family members when they are ill. By being informed and knowing what is at stake, you can help our bargaining team accomplish its goal.

Management claim:
New paid-leave benefits: “SHMC has proposed a comprehensive leave package to provide income protection that is more equal and just for all nurses

WSNA – Management’s proposed Short-Term Disability (STD) plan would have serious negative consequences for our nurses by:

  • Requiring nurses, once EIT goes away, to use PTO (vacation time) for 7 days, before being able to utilize Short Term Disability (STD) benefits that pay only 65%. Currently, nurses have to use only 8 to 16 hours of PTO (depending upon FTE) before accessing EIT, which is paid at 100%.
  • Eliminating the accrual of EIT which currently can be used to care for sick family members and replace it with a STD plan which cannot be used to care for sick family members. You would have to use PTO (vacation) to care for sick family members.
  • Requiring nurses to have STD claims approved by a third-party administrator, unlike the current EIT program. We have heard from nurses working under a Providence STD plan that the approval process is cumbersome and intrusive, with many hoops to jump through. Not every claim is approved.
  • Reducing PTO accruals for many nurses.

Management claim: “Like medical insurance, our new paid-leave benefits are designed so that you never run out of coverage. All nurses will have protection”

WSNA – The proposed plan by Management does operate like medical insurance. In your opinion, how easily is a claim processed through medical insurance? Is it always covered? Guaranteed? We all know from our own experiences, medical insurance can be a cumbersome, frustrating process that leaves us in the dark when the final bill arrives. Your current contract, that includes your Extended Illness Time, protects your time off, and puts YOU in the driver’s seat. Not anyone else. Under the new STD plan, a third party would decide whether your claim is approved.

Management claim: “We have proposed a new employer paid short term disability plan that will provide 65% of pay for up to 25 weeks, starting after the seventh calendar day of time away due to an illness or injury”

WSNA – Not only will this “new” plan not cover your full wages, you will be required to apply for the coverage and await approval. Nothing is automatic. Right now, your current WSNA contract provides you predictability - not unknowns. Furthermore, you must wait a full 7 days before any coverage will kick in if approved. During the 7 days, you must use PTO or EIT, which will stop accruing after 2019 and will NOT be available to any nurse hired after 2019. The new STD plan will require you to use your valuable vacation time, once EIT goes away, to supplement the 35% that is not covered (If you qualify and are approved to use the STD) if you want to replace 100% of your wages while you are on STD. Your vacation bank will dwindle and leave you less time to take off to recuperate and spend time with your loved ones. Your current contract provides EIT which is paid at 100%.

Management claim: “The new proposed plan would cover all benefits-eligible nurses with the same competitive PTO program. Nurses can use PTO for vacation, holidays, personal days or incidental sick time.”

WSNA – Hardly. Management is proposing to decrease PTO accrual rates for many nurses with more than 3 years of service:

Current WSNA contract language
PTO accrual rates

Managements proposed
New accrual system

200 (0-3 years of service)

200 (0-3 years of service)

240 (4-7 years of service)

224 (3-5 years of service)

248 (8-9 years of service)

240 (5-10 years of service)

288 (10+ years of service)

264 (10-15 years of service)

280 (15 or more years of service)

Moreover, Management has reported that managers will earn PTO at a higher level than what is being offered to WSNA. While Management has proposed to increase the cap to the maximum accumulation, the accrual rates are less for more tenured nurses, and it will be difficult for you to reach the max time if you are forced to use it for a sickness lasting less than 7 days. This is a far cry from what you currently have. WSNA has proposed to increase PTO accruals.

Management claim: “We have proposed that nurses would be able to use EIT hours for a period of time during a transition period to receive pay while out on an approved leave to care for a family member. If you exhaust your EIT, the new Washington state leave benefits will provide additional protection – including up to 12 weeks of partial income replacement while out on leave to care for … a family member.”

WSNA – Under Management’s proposal, nurses who are hired after 2019, are not eligible to participate in the EIT program at all. Current employees will not be allowed to accrue any more EIT after 2019 In its proposal, Management has not committed to allowing nurses to use their frozen EIT balances for time off after 2020. For those nurses who have more than 300 hours of EIT, you will be able to cash out any hours above this only upon termination after 20 years of service or more and will receive payout only at 20%.

What does this mean for paid time off to care for a family member? Once your EIT balance goes way, you cannot use the STD plan to receive paid time off to care for a family member because the STD plan covers only yourself, not your family members. That leaves you with the Washington’s Paid Family and Medical Leave (WPFML) benefits which is not a benefit created by Providence but rather a state law requirement. Management left out a several important facts about WPFML:

  • There is a 7-day waiting period, except for birth or placement of a child.
  • You must file a claim with Washington’s Employment Security Department (ESD), notify the employer of the request, and meet certain eligibility requirements. You receive benefits only if ESD approves your claim.
  • You will pay a premium for WPFML benefits which will be taken from your paycheck. You will pay about 63% of the total premium while Providence will pay 37% of the premium.
  • The amount that you receive for WPFML a is a percentage of your weekly wage. The maximum benefit that you can receive is $1,000 per week. It has been estimated that a nurse making $80,000 per year would hit the $1,000 limit.

Furthermore, while the rulemaking process for WPFML has not yet been completed, it appears that you will not be able to use PTO/EIT for the same period that you use WPFML. Therefore, you cannot “top up” your WPFML benefit with PTO/EIT to ensure that you receive 100% of your income while you are away from work. RCW 50A.04.045 (2) states: "An employer may allow an employee who has accrued vacation, sick, or other paid time off to choose whether: (a) To take such leave; or (b) not to take such leave and receive paid family or medical leave benefits, as provided in RCW 50A.04.020.” In other words, you cannot receive both at the same time.

More information about this can be found at paidleave.wa.gov.

Management claim: “To help nurses transition to the newly proposed plans, we are negotiating valuable support with your union”

WSNA – This is far from the truth. While WSNA negotiates always in good faith, we have made it clear to Management that sick time is valued amongst WSNA and the nurses, and that its proposed STD plan is not good for nurses or for patients.

Real life scenarios:
Scenarios based on current contract and Management’s proposed changes to PTO/EIT. These scenarios would apply to all nurses hired after 2019 and to all currently employed nurses whose EIT banks will be frozen after 2019 and who have exhausted their existing EIT balances.

#1 RN who works 24 hours per week (three 8-hour shifts) in a benefited position and has worked at SHMC for 4 years has a bad cold/fever and calls in sick all three of her shifts that week.

Current contract:
RN currently would have to use 8 hours of PTO at full rate of pay.
Then RN would use 16 hours of EIT at full rate of pay.
At step 5 of the pay scale rate of pay would be $36.23/hour.
RN would receive full pay of $869.52.
This nurse accrues 144 hours (18 days) of PTO per year.

Management’s proposal:
RN currently would have to use 24 hours of PTO at full rate of pay.
At step 5 of the pay scale rate of pay would be $36.23/hour.
RN would receive full pay of $869.52 but all of it would be the RN’s accrued PTO.
This nurse accrues 134.4 hours (16.8 days) of PTO per year. (Accrues 9.6 hours less PTO and forced to use it when sick.)

In the above scenario, this nurse will be using 16 hours more of their PTO while earning 9.6 hours less PTO per year.

#2 RN who works 32 hours per week (four 8-hour shifts) in a benefited position and has worked at SHMC for 11 years has a bad cold/fever and calls in sick for two calendar weeks.

Current contract:
RN currently would have to use 12 hours of PTO at full rate of pay.
Then RN would use 52 hours of EIT at full rate of pay.
At step 12 of the pay scale rate of pay would be $44.42/hour.
RN would receive full pay of $2842.88.
This nurse accrues 230.4 hours (28 days) of PTO per year.

Management’s proposal:
RN currently would have to use 32 hours of PTO at full rate of pay.
At step 12 of the pay scale rate of pay would be $44.42/hour.
RN would use 32 hours of their PTO for first week of illness 32x $44.42 = $1421.44.
RN would receive 32 hours of short-term disability at 65% pay or $923.94 if they qualify for a total pay of $2345.38.
This nurse accrues 211.2 hours (26.4 days) of PTO per year which is 19.2 hours less than currently.

Using the above scenario, the RN will receive $497.50 less in their paycheck after 2021 and will be using 20 more hours of PTO while accruing 19 hours less PTO per year.

**Using the above scenarios if it were your child or spouse that was ill you would have to use PTO for all hours off unless you qualified for the state Family and Medical Leave Program.**

What we have to say…

Your fellow nurses on the WSNA bargaining team continue the fight at the table, and it’s up to all of us to stand together with one voice to secure an fair contract! If this is the first time you are hearing this information, it is because you have missed a WSNA local unit meeting. Come to the next local unit meeting. There is room on the CAT for more boots on the ground. Sacred Heart Nurses, you are strong and Management knows it! Tell Sacred Heart we will stand together and defend our contract from Management’s attack!



Find all this confusing? You’re not alone…
Come to the next local unit meeting. Your negotiating team and WSNA nurse reps will be available for one on one discussions of any questions you may have.

April 24, 2019
Spokane Regional Labor Council, AFL-CIO (New Location!)
510 S Elm St #1, Spokane, WA 99201
8-9 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 8-9 p.m.

Questions? Or want an honest answer? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN at jperkins@wsna.org or (800) 231-8482, ext. 3118.


Negotiations update: day eight


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Day eight of negotiations is complete. OUR energy and participation from the rally created a different day at the negotiating table. OUR efforts made a difference! We hit this event out of the park!

Management made very small movement on wages and has made no movement on important proposals such as the Supplemental Staff Schedule Option. Management has told us in a previous communication that they are proposing a “simplification of the Supplemental agreement.” What they are actually proposing is to significantly increase the work requirement of all supplemental nurses. Supplemental nurses will no longer have the option to select from different work options as they do now. Rather, all supplemental nurses must meet the following requirements:

  • Be available to work a minimum of 56 hours per 6 week schedule period two of which must be a weekend
  • Participate in mandatory call if you work in a unit with mandatory call
  • Be available to work at least 50% of shifts on Evenings and Nights
  • Participate in the unit’s holiday rotation for all of the following holidays:
    • Memorial Day
    • July 4
    • Labor Day
    • Thanksgiving
    • Christmas Eve
    • Christmas Day
    • New Year’s Eve
    • New Year’s Day
  • Meet mandatory requirements that are outlined in a governed Mandatory Employment Requirement policy
  • Be available to work a minimum of 56 hours per 6 week schedule period on your home unit BEFORE accepting shifts on another unit

Outstanding proposals on the table:

  • Short Term Disability proposal remains – this proposal is NOT in the best interest of you or your loved ones.
    There is an extended wait period for 7 days prior to being able to use the short term disability. This is only if you qualify and are approved for a claim. This will require you to use PTO during the waiting time period. In addition, you can’t use the short term disability for family members, only for yourself; and the plan only pays at 65%. Currently, you can use EIT for family members and receive your full wages and have a much shorter waiting period.
  • Management is proposing to reduce PTO accrual for many nurses.

Despite having had eight bargaining sessions, management has not moved from the initial across-the-board wage proposal and is proposing an insulting 0.5% guaranteed wage for each year of the contract.

Come to the next local unit meeting to hear more

Teamsters Hall
1912 N Division.

March 13, 2019

8-9 a.m.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
8-9 p.m.

Please park at least a block away from the Teamsters building. The turnout has been so high, surrounding businesses are having a hard time with customer parking.

Questions? Contact a negotiation team member, a local unit officer or WSNA Nurse Rep Jaclyn Perkins at jperkins@wsna.org.


Negotiation update: day six


We have had another disappointing negotiation day with very minimal movement at the table. We did successfully fight off management’s proposal to subject more nurses to mandatory shift rotation.

We have our work set out for us to fight off:

  • Losing sick (EIT) time and having it replaced with inadequate short-term disability
  • Reduction of PTO for some nurses
  • Unpredictability with health insurance
  • Trying to weaken us as a union with open shop
  • Increasing supplemental requirements
  • Increasing mandatory call for unexpected vacancies on call units
  • Eliminating the part-time nurse salary option
  • An insulting 0.5% across the board wage increases for each year

We are working hard to improve staffing and language on workplace violence to keep nurses and patients safe. Our next negotiation dates are Feb. 21 and Feb. 27.

Save the date!

Feb. 25, 2019

Rally at Riverfront Park
Meet at the Rotary Fountain

2-4 p.m.

Come on Providence, keep your promise: “Know me, care for me, ease my way.”

Share the file below of the sign with family and friends so they can print and post it from home!

In solidarity,

Your WSNA Negotiation Team

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Jaclyn Perkins at jperkins@wsna.org.


January 2019 newsletter


Negotiation update

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Day five of negotiations is complete. Management has made a number of very aggressive proposals that will negatively affect our collective voice, our working conditions, our life away from work and our paycheck! Below are some of management's troubling proposals:

  • Getting rid of the union security clause so as to weaken our union voice
  • Eliminating the Part Time nurse salary option
  • Decreasing Supplemental Nurse Premium to 10%
  • Phasing out EIT (Extended Illness Time) and proposing an unsatisfactory Short-Term Disability plan
  • Reducing PTO for many nurses
  • Health Benefit uncertainties
  • An insulting 0.5% across-the-board wage increase each year of the contract
  • Pay for performance, tying other wage increases to patient satisfaction/safety scores
  • Allowing management to hire nurses lower on the step scale than allowed under the current contract
  • Forcing more nurses to be subject to mandatory shift rotation

Come to the next local unit meeting

It’s time to put nurse and patient safety first. We know it can be difficult to attend these meetings before or after a long day at work, but it is important to attend so we know how much support we have, we can hear your concerns and we can answer your questions. PLEASE make it a priority to come to the next local unit meeting and show our negotiating team that you are supporting their efforts for a fair RN contract.

Feb. 7, 2019

Teamsters Hall: 1912 N Division St

8-9 a.m., 1:30-2:30 p.m., 4-5 p.m., 8-9 p.m.

Updates on what is happening at the table will be discussed, as well as future actions.

*Please park on the side of the building away from the front door. The attendance of nurses has been so high to these meetings, it has become cumbersome for surrounding businesses. Thank you!

Calling all floor reps

Now is the time to get organized so that all 1800 RNs in the bargaining unit are informed and involved. Organization, communication and unity will help us stay strong and fight management's negative proposals. We need reps from every unit posting information on your unit WSNA boards, sending updates via text or email and spreading the word about what we are fighting for in our contract. We would like to update our floor rep list and have a meeting to start organizing and streamlining our message. Please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Jaclyn at Jperkins@wsna.org if you are a floor rep, what unit you are from and your contact information or if you would like to be a floor rep.

CAT (Contract Action Team)

Your bargaining unit has formed a CAT team consisting of a group of nurses aside from the negotiating team, solely for the purposes of ACTION. These nurses are working hard to support the negotiating team and are planning public campaigns and dispatch! If you want to join them on the CAT team, please email WSNA Nurse Rep Debi at dbessmer@wsna.org.

NAME

UNIT

Chantel LaTurner

Ortho

Emily Sattler

Oncology

Jennifer Britton

IV Therapy

Jennifer Haines

NICU

Johanna Rothstrom

ICU

Karyn Woodard

Endo (CAT Team Chair)

Katie Martes

AGPU

Malia Listella

Peds ER

Pernille Mayhew

Surgical Floor

Misty Gardner

Endo

Sandra Roda

ICU

Vickie Pearce

Endo

Rian Williams

NICU

Wendy McNairy

AGPU

Sena Herlevi

CICU

Margit Walker

Medical Respiratory

Leann Cunningham

ACU

Donavan Garner

CARA

Dianna Miller

PCCA

Mary Patterson

AGPU

Patricia Nichols

AGPU

Jessica Lewellen

AGPU

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T-shirts, yard signs and car signs

Volunteers are creating t-shirts to wear to future actions and on our days off. We are also creating yard signs and car signs and will notify everyone when they are ready.

Show your support and get involved

  1. WEAR your buttons every day!
  2. COMMENT and LIKE posts on Facebook Sacred Heart RNs - Nurses at the Heart and The Nurse Brigade.
  3. WEAR blue on Tuesdays to support our team and show unity to administration.
  4. TALK, TALK, TALK - Spread the word about negotiations to fellow RNs. Get involved!
  5. CHECK YOUR PERSONAL EMAIL for updates. If you are not getting email updates from WSNA, send your email address to Jperkins@wsna.org.
  6. VISIT this page often for local unit updates.
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Day #4 of negotiations is complete


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We received the remainder of the employer's proposals and there is a lot to be concerned about. They are proposing to tie wages to performance and undo your union security clause which you fought hard for and it will weaken your collective voice. They are seeking drastic changes to your leave provisions including eliminating EIT (Extended Illness Time) and replacing it with a Short Term Disability plan.

Come to the next Local Unit meeting to hear more and find out what you can do!

Jan. 7, 2019
Teamsters Hall, Basement Meeting Room
1912 N Division St. Suite 200

8-9 a.m.
1:30-2:30 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
8-9 p.m.

See you there!

In unity,

Your WSNA Negotiation Team

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN at jperkins@wsna.org.


Negotiations update


Day #3 of negotiations is complete. WSNA has introduced proposals for competitive wage and benefit packages to attract and retain nurses, for staffing that will ensure the safety of nurses and their patients and that will allow nurses to take meal and rest periods and much-needed vacations. We have also made proposals to increase various premiums and to enhance health insurance benefits and to protect nurses from increased health insurance costs in addition to proposals we made regarding floating. We also have submitted a comprehensive proposal to address workplace violence.

We are disappointed that we have had three days of bargaining and management has not yet given us a wage or benefit proposal and has “reserved” several important areas of contract for future proposals. Management has promised to give us their complete proposal during the next bargaining session. Some of management’s initial proposals are troubling. For example, management is proposing that it be allowed to give new hires less credit for experience than they currently receive, which would negatively impact recruiting for nurses with experience, and to reduce the supplemental premium while imposing new, onerous scheduling requirements for supplemental nurses, which will make Sacred Heart a much less attractive place for supplemental nurses. They are also proposing to subject more nurses to mandatory shift rotation.

As you can see, we have our work cut out for us – but we are energized and up for the challenge! A special thanks to all of our colleagues who prepared snacks and treats for us during our long days of negotiations. It is much appreciated!

Our next day to bargain is Dec. 18.

Questions? We got answers. We, your negotiating team, will provide more detailed information on what is happening at the table during the next series of local unit meetings.

Dec. 5
Teamsters Hall

1912 N Division St. Suite 200

8-9 a.m.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
8-9 p.m.

You can contact a negotiation team member or WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN at jperkins@wsna.org for more information.


Negotiation update


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Day two of negotiations is complete. Management brought forth some of their proposals but nothing yet on wages or benefits. We did present a proposal on workplace violence. There are some very significant proposals on the table.

We have seen managements intranet negotiation update site, please realize this is just management's perspective. We are not endorsing this site. To get negotiation information, please watch for our updates and come to the local unit meeting.

Next day to bargain is Nov. 28. Management has canceled negotiations for Dec. 4 due to a family related issue.

Reminder: Tuesdays are “Blues days.” Wear blue while at work every Tuesday to show your solidarity and continue wearing those buttons!

SAVE THE DATE!

Local Unit Meetings will be held Dec. 5 at the Teamsters Hall.
1912 N Division St. Suite 200.

Verbal updates and discussion will be held during these meetings.

8-9 a.m.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
4-5 p.m.
8-9 p.m.

Questions? Contact a negotiating team member:

Stevie Lynne Krone - 9N, KT Raley Jones - CICU, Clint Wallace - ICU, LaDonna Reel - Mother Baby, Darryl Johnson - CICU, Nonie Kingma - AGPU, Vicki Benson - Radiology, Linda Clanton - IV Therapy, David Emerson - 7N, Lee Ayers - PACU, Inga Matheson - CICU, Abigail Berry - OR or WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112 or jperkins@wsna.org.


Day one of contract negotiations is complete


WSNA, along with our team of nurses, presented our comprehensive proposal to management. We plan to hear a response to our proposals during the next session as well as what they plan to propose. Our next day to bargain is Nov. 16.

Come to the Local Unit Rep meeting on Nov. 15 from 5 -7 p.m at Frankie Doodles. “Nurses at the Heart” buttons will be available for buttoning up.

    Don’t forget! Please wear WSNA blue as a show of solidarity on our negotiation days: Nov. 16, Nov. 28, Dec. 4 and Dec. 18.

    Questions? Contact a negotiating team member:

    • Stevie-Lynne Krone - 9N
    • KT Raley-Jones - CICU
    • Clint Wallace - ICU
    • LaDonna Reel - MB
    • Darryl Johnson - CICU
    • Nonie Kingma - AGPU
    • Vicki Benson - Radiology
    • Linda Clanton - IV therapy
    • David Emerson - 7N
    • Lee Ayers - PACU
    • Inga Matheson - CICU
    • Abigail Berry - OR

    Or our WSNA nurse representative, Jaclyn Perkins BSN, RN, at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.


    Join us at the next local unit meeting


    Come to the next local unit rep meeting and pick up your WSNA buttons to hand out on your unit.

    Date: Nov. 15, 2018
    Time: 5-7 p.m.
    Where: FrankieDoodle Restaurant (30 E. 3rdAve., Spokane, WA)
    RSVP: Jaclyn Perkins, RN, WSNA Nurse Rep
    1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118
    jperkins@wsna.org

      Please wear WSNA BLUE as a show of solidarity on our negotiation days: Nov. 5, Nov. 16, Nov. 28, Dec. 4 and Dec. 16.


      WSNA nurse representative change


      Dear WSNA nurses,

      WSNA Nurse Rep Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN will be WSNA/Sacred Heart Medical Center's representative beginning Nov. 1. Jaclyn comes with experience and years of practice. I know you will all welcome her and together, you will continue to make positive changes for Sacred Heart nurses!

      I look forward to continuing the unity at other WSNA facilities, and I stand with you in solidarity – always.

      Jaclyn can be reached at jperkins@wsna.org or at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118.

      You can also contact your officers by calling the voice-tel number at 1-866-305-5612.

      In solidarity,

      Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN
      WSNA Nurse Rep


      It’s that time again!


      Our negotiation team is in place and ready to meet with the employer. The team has spent many hours preparing. Our priorities have been set by your responses to the negotiations survey and ongoing feedback regarding issues and concerns about our current contract. We will work for wages, benefits and conditions that allow RNs to deliver safe and effective patient care.

      We have the following dates confirmed for negotiations: Nov. 5, Nov. 16, Nov. 28, Dec. 4, and Dec. 18. Stay tuned for updates as each session continues. The following is a list of our fellow RNs who have volunteered to represent us all on the negotiation team:

      • Stevie-Lynne Krone - 9N
      • KT Raley-Jones - CICU
      • Clint Wallace - ICU
      • LaDonna Reel - MB
      • Darryl Johnson -CICU
      • Nonie Kingma - AGPU
      • Vicki Benson - Radiology
      • Linda Clanton - IV therapy
      • David Emerson - 7N
      • Lee Ayers - PACU
      • Inga Matheson - CICU
      • Abigail Berry - OR

      Introducing your new WSNA grievance officer!


      My name is Darryl Johnson. I have a BA in political science and economics from the University of Washington and I have a BSN from Washington State University. I have worked for PSHMC as an RN for a little over 10 years; one year on 8 South, nine years CICU and one year in Cath Lab. The further I have gone through my career, I have come aware of how important a union is needed to protect fellow employees from overreaching management. I have stepped forward to be grievance officer so fellow union members won't have to go through what I went through. I will help you in every which way I can.

      Thank you,

      Darryl Johnson

      Contact officers by calling: 1-866-305-5612


      Join us for a local unit rep meeting


      Come join us for a local unit rep meeting. We need to hear from you as we prepare for negotiations.

      When: Sept. 12, 2018

      Time: 5 to 7 p.m.

      Where: FrankieDoodle Restaurant (30 E. 3rd Ave, Spokane WA)

      RSVP to WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer, RN at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112 or at dbessmer@wsna.org.

      We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Local Unit Rep for their floor to join us. See you there!


      News alert: WSNA has been busy in Spokane!


      Quote of the quarter

      ​“To be free, the workers must have choice. To have choice they must retain in their own hands the right to determine under what conditions they will work.”
      – Samuel Gompers, "The Worker and the Eight-hour Workday," American Federationist: Official Magazine of the American Federation of Labor
      In this issue:
      1. Officer of the Quarter
      2. Spokane Leadership Summit
      3. Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane you are a member of the Spokane Alliance?
      4. Negotiation updates
      5. We are on Facebook! Upcoming events

      Officer of the Quarter: Stevie Krone, RN, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Local Unit Co-Chair

      “My name is Stevie Lynne Krone. I am a Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center and the current WSNA Co-Chair representing the nurses in the SHMC/WSNA bargaining unit. I have been a member of WSNA for over five years and have been an energetic participant in my local unit activities including pickets, walks and petitions. I am now serving my first term in office as we head into contract negotiations for 2018, utilizing both voice and action from my experience working alongside a powerful and strong brigade of nurses. I have practiced on nearly all the units of my hospital as a Float Pool nurse and now I can dedicate more time in supporting my occupational brothers and sisters as a supplemental on the Cardiac Medical Unit.

      I have also utilized my skills as a music artist to benefit and promote a sense of unity, especially with the release of my song “We Are the People.”


      It is my passion to serve my community with wholesome medical care as well as focus my allegiance to protect and promote the safety of the nurses that serve beside me.”

      If you are a local unit rep or a local unit officer, please contact jperkins@wsna.org to be featured in the next regional newsletter. We are constantly looking for leaders to feature!


      Spokane Leadership Summit, success!

      Thanks to those of you who attended the Spokane Leadership Summit on April 14, 2018, at the Red Lion. Not only was it a great opportunity to network with fellow nurses in your area, all nurses walked away with 6 CNEs. Nurses from Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane Regional Health District and St. Luke’s Rehab were all there. Topics that were covered: Janus vs AFSME, workplace violence and the new Staffing Law.

      Thank you for your participation!

      In case you missed it, there are more Summits to come! Go to www.wsna.org/union/leadership to find out more. Registration incentives are being offered by the WSNA cabinet including a $50 reimbursement credit for one night’s stay. The next Summit is at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Registration is open now


      Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane, you’re a member of the Spokane Alliance?

      Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find them working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.

      For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. They are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. The Alliance is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

      At Spokane Alliance, they believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. And they do more than just sign petitions and protest; together, they take action. If you’re interested in helping with the Spokane Alliance as a WSNA nurse, please contact jperkins@wsna.org. WSNA is actively partnering to create opportunities to help improve the community through access to medical care for patients. Visit iafnw.org/spokanealliance to find out more about what is currently being worked on. We can direct you on how you can help!


      Negotiation updates

      Lots of work is being done by your WSNA staff and officers in the region. Get the bigger scoop:

      • St. Luke’s Rehab – 7 sessions complete. Lots of issues still on the table and we are disappointed at the amount of progress. There are still a lot of items to work through including wages, benefits, staffing, rest breaks and layoff language. Next day to bargain is Sept. 7. The negotiating team of nurses is: Fran Castillo (CVA), Linda Spurgeon (CVA) and Jonelle Polley (Infection Control RN).
      • Spokane Regional Health District – currently gathering a team of nurses and prepping the contract. Surveys are complete. First day of negotiations is Sept. 6. Negotiating team of nurses is: Jan Yoder, RN, Melissa Charbonneau, RN, Amy Cross, RN and Deborah Taylor, RN.
      • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center – preparations and bargaining will begin fall of 2018. The negotiating team members are: Stevie Lynn Krone (9N), KT Raley-Jones (CICU), Clint Wallace (ICU), LaDonna Reel (MB), Nonie Kingma (AGPU), Debbie Cameron (5S), Linda Clanton (IV Therapy), David Emerson (7N), Darryl Johnson (Cath Lab), Lee Ayres (PACU), Abigail Berry (OR), Vicki Benson (Radiology) and Inga Matheson (CICU).
      • Providence Holy Family Hospital – recent grievance settlement for vacation/sick accrual for FT 12-hour nurses.
      • Pullman Regional Health District – organizing local unit reps for each unit.
      • Providence Visiting Nurses Association – a Tentative Agreement has been reached. Vote is upcoming.

      Have you found us on Facebook?

      Some of the WSNA local units in Spokane have Facebook pages which are kept up to date on happenings in labor, or within the local unit. Please take the time to “like” them and check them out! This is a great way to show solidarity for your labor brothers and sisters within your region.


      Upcoming events

      WSNA Coug Football Night – save the date!

      The Washington State University Cougars take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sept. 15! WSNA nurses will receive a discounted rate on tickets, don’t miss out.

      2019 Washington State Nurses Convention

      Come join us on May 1-3, 2019 for Washington’s only statewide convention dedicated to nurses and the issues we face. We are focused on transforming health care through the power of nursing.


      Join us for a local unit rep meeting


      Come join us for a local unit rep meeting as we start preparing for our negotiations.

      When: June 27, 2018

      Time: 5-7 p.m.

      Where: FrankieDoodle Restaurant (30 E. 3rd Ave, Spokane WA)

      RSVP to WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer, RN at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112 or at dbessmer@wsna.org.

      We encourage anyone interested in becoming a Local Unit Rep for their floor to join us.