Important information about health benefits and new emergency childcare benefit #
WSNA and other unions representing workers in King County have reached a tentative agreement!
This year’s pandemic has created huge challenges for working parents with school-age children who are learning remotely. JLMIC Unions won a $9 million fund to cover childcare expenses for County employees for the 2020 – 2021 school year. These benefits will become available this autumn; we are currently working on the process.
We are looking to the next school year and the uncertainty that lies ahead. It was agreed that any funds that are not spent this school year could be considered for the following school year.
Protecting Health Coverage and Reducing Layoffs
In addition to childcare, JLMIC bargaining also protected employee health coverage with no benefit cuts, and found money to reduce layoffs.
Every two years, the Unions negotiate how much King County contributes toward health care benefits. Any unspent money goes into a Protected Fund Reserve (PFR). Because of successful past negotiations, the PFR has grown to over $75 million by 2020. With those healthy reserves, we temporarily reduced King County’s contributions to health care premiums, saving the County millions of dollars that are dedicated to reducing layoffs. There will be no impact to workers and health coverage will continue as before.
If any layoffs occur, we bargained an agreement that the fund would cover three months of COBRA premiums for the employee.
Questions? Contact your WSNA Nurse Representative — Michelle Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org for Staff and Sydne James at email@example.com for Supervisors.
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.