We were sad to have to cancel the Nurses Week dinner. However, we did the prize drawing. Congratulations to the winners and all who participated!
SueAnne Brent (KCCF)- Salish Lodge and Spa Stay
Mike Zdevcky (MRJC)- Fit Bit Versa 3
Lauren Greenfield (Childcare Chinook) Daniel's Broiler $50 Gift card
Lora VanderWeil (KCCF) Spa Finder $50 gift card
Shannie Chai (Auburn Vax) Tutta Bella $50 gift card
Evelyn Oen (KCCF) Molly Moon $15 gift card
Alissa White (Chinook) Chipotle $15 gift card
Julie Shaup (KCCF) Chipotle $15 gift card
We plan to kick off negotiations on Sept. 10 with a picnic. The place and time are yet to be determined. Watch for more information and save the date.
WSNA has been advocating and negotiating for you to add two holidays, Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples Day, and the wage increase of 1.25% and recognition bonus that the Coalition of Unions got. We finally heard back from the county on May 20 after almost six months of bargaining. The county was clearly in no hurry. We declined because the county demanded too many takeaways to provide the wage increase. We will address these items in full negotiations at the end of the year. The county will be required to add Juneteenth and Indigenous Peoples Day without any other takeaways or changes to your holiday language at this time.
WSNA met with Megan Pedersen (King County Office of Labor Relations Director) and Whitney Abrams (Chief People Officer) from the King County Executive’s office about safety in the downtown area and parking. The Executive’s office is very engaged and has made this a high-priority project. Their goal is to make the central campus a welcoming space where every person can thrive with no violent crimes or injuries. The county has added staff to patrol and service this area. They will be hiring a project manager to oversee and collect data.
- Resources and projects that have been started
We provided feedback that there are still concerns, even with these measures, around bus routes and security escorts to your car or bus stop. We welcome your feedback. Please complete this form so that we can provide more feedback to the county. https://forms.office.com/r/3ByV6CFxGJ
Effective 1/1/22, all employee groups completed the move to a biweekly payroll schedule with this transition complete, King County plans to move the deferred compensation payroll deduction frequency from 24 paychecks to 26 paychecks, consistent with PERS deductions.
An issue arose in JHS regarding how continuing education hours were being calculated. The jail’s method was not consistent with the current contract language. To ensure that the contract is followed, for 1.0 FTEs, JHS will award the full number of hours. Anyone working less than a 1.0 FTE will be prorated by hours worked the previous year. This language will be further discussed and negotiated in the next full contract negotiations.
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The WSNA Cabinet on Economic and General Welfare is proud to announce the Local Unit Awards to be presented during the 2022 Union Leadership Conference on April 24 — 26, 2022 at the Campbell’s Resort in Chelan, Washington. Please nominate someone that you feel has done an outstanding job as a local unit leader by the Feb. 25 deadline.
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.