Hello Public Health Seattle King County Staff Nurses,

Your WSNA elected officers are hosting a virtual local unit meeting on Microsoft Teams and encourage you to attend on Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. We can discuss items that may affect your workplace condi­tions and want to hear from you.

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Meet your Local Unit Officers… #

Since we were not able to have in person intro­duc­tions for our new officers, we have included a picture and quick intro. Please feel free to reach out and ask us questions; If we do not know the answer, we will get it for you! We appre­ciate being kept up to date with every depart­ment, good and bad (but we definitely like to hear about all of the good stuff happening!).

Tyler

Hello WSNA members! My name is Tyler, and I am excited to serve as your Local Unit Chair. I became a nurse in 2017 and worked for SCCA/​UWMCs blood and bone marrow trans­plant unit for a year before relocating to Denver, CO where I also worked as a BMT nurse. While I loved my time in Colorado, I quickly came to under­stand the value and impor­tance of having nursing union repre­sen­ta­tion as there were none at the time in the state of Colorado.

After moving back to Seattle to start my graduate work at the UW I decided to finally move into the Public Health sector, which is where I knew I wanted to be eventu­ally. Currently, I work for the Child Care Health Program within the CHS depart­ment, and I am excited to be serving our commu­nity. I am also a Doctor of Nursing student with a focus in Popula­tion Health and Systems Leader­ship. I am partic­u­larly inter­ested in the inter­sec­tion of public health and public health policy. I chose to run for this position because I believe that I have the vision and drive to help move PHSKC forward in their recog­ni­tion of the value and impor­tance of nursing. I also want to make sure that the nurses who work for PHSKC feel supported in all aspects of their jobs. I believe the current COVID-19 pandemic has provided us with an oppor­tu­nity to reeval­uate our prior­i­ties and my hope is that, together, we can push for the prior­i­ti­za­tion of the essen­tial services that we all provide. 

Tami

Hello,

My name is Tami Nesler. I am honored to be re-elected as a union repre­sen­ta­tive, griev­ance officer. I am passionate that every nurse has a voice to bring their concerns and ideas to the forefront.

I have been a nurse 27 years. The last 21+ years I have experi­enced first-hand the evolu­tion of Jail Health, which gave me the confi­dence to partic­i­pate in challenging contract negotiations.

I found the process very rewarding and hope to make positive contri­bu­tions moving forward.

At home, I have my 3 cats and a very large loving Rottweiler. My family is every­thing to me and I cherish every moment with them. I enjoy decorating my home, shopping for antiques, crafting, collecting recipes and of course TRAVELING!

Yolanda

My name is Yolanda Morris and I am the treasurer for our WSNA bargaining unit. I devel­oped a passion for public health while working as a school nurse. I then went on to get my DNP in Popula­tion Health. I now work on the Child Care Health team.

I chose to become an officer because I have seen how enthu­si­astic public health nurses are about their work and the great things that they accom­plish for the many people and commu­ni­ties of King County. In order for nurses to do their best, they need to feel comfort­able and confi­dent with their job and the condi­tions in which they work. My goal is to help ensure that nurses can continue to do their work with dignity and compassion.

Carolyn

Hello WSNA Members!

My name is Carolyn Clark and I am grateful to be serving at the Griev­ance Officer at King County Correc­tional Facility (KCCF). I have been a nurse for a little over 12 years, coming to nursing after other careers such as social work and restau­rant and apart­ment manage­ment. When I’m not working, I enjoy spending time with my husband Brad (and our kitty Doris) and other family and friends and some of my passions are reading, hiking, traveling, and all social justice issues, but especially those having to do with animals and the environment.

I was first intro­duced to the power of unions during my child­hood when my maternal grand­par­ents were part of one at the furni­ture factory they worked at in our Midwestern city. Through their experi­ences, I noticed that their union gave them a voice in a profes­sion where the worker often did not get listened to.

Up until I became a nurse, I wasn’t part of a union at other jobs or careers because it wasn’t offered. I have lived all over the country, working many jobs and looking back, the jobs where I was paid the worse and did not have great (or sometimes any!) medical insur­ance or retire­ment benefits was in the states that were not union-friendly. When I became a nurse, I instinc­tively knew that I wanted to be part of the union because I was going to part of something bigger than just myself and my story.

Since becoming a member of WSNA, I have seen my voice and the voices of other nurses in action; this has become extremely apparent during the COVID pandemic. In late 2019 to early 2020, when my colleague Brenda who was the former Griev­ance Officer at KCCF resigned to actually go work for WSNA, I saw this as my oppor­tu­nity to continue my life-long passion for service and volun­teering and to expand my service with the union. I requested to volun­teer to be the Griev­ance Officer at KCCF and was definitely appre­cia­tive when the other WSNA officers appointed me to this role.

Since begin­ning my role at Griev­ance Officer in early 2020, I have witnessed the power of a shared voice and collec­tive bargaining. Much about the process is frustrating because it can be so slow and tedious at times, but it’s also very empow­ering and exciting to see the cooper­a­tive effort of many coming together for the greater good.

I look forward to contin­uing to serve as your Griev­ance Officer and ask that you not hesitate to reach out to me or any of the other officers and/​or WSNA Nursing Repre­sen­ta­tive Michelle if you have any questions or concerns.


Questions? Please contact our WSNA Nurse Rep Michelle Moore mmoore@wsna.org.

If you don’t have your current email address, phone number or mailing address provided to WSNA, please update it so you can receive impor­tant commu­ni­ca­tions. Send notifi­ca­tion to: Membership@wsna.org.

If you are not already, become a member. Our union at Public Health Seattle King County is as strong as the members make it. https://​www​.wsna​.org/​m​e​m​b​e​r​s​h​i​p​/​a​p​p​l​i​c​a​tion/union

Your WSNA Officers,
Tyler Breier, Carolyn Clark, Tami Nesler and Yolanda Morris