Posted Mar 21, 2023
We met for our 13th negotiation session on Monday, March 20, 2023.
We have seen more movement from the county and reached several tentative agreements. But the county remains stuck at 4% and 4% for the annual wage increases, stating “that’s what has been budgeted.” We maintain that in order to recruit and retain staff, the wage increases need to be higher. The county acknowledged the need, but so far remains unwilling to increase its general wage increase offer. We will keep pushing them.
Some good news! The County’s last economic proposal included pay parity for the RN classification, both in CHS and JHS. Under that proposal, the wage increases would be phased in after ratification. The gap between the two classifications will be eliminated over the course of the contract. First, the wage will be increased so that 50% of the gap is eliminated. Then, in January 2024, RN rates will be increased so that the remaining gap is eliminated, bringing the RNs up to the same wage rate as the PHNs. A huge win! In addition, we reached a tentative agreement on Continuing Education to include improved proration of hours after the first year of employment, based on the FTE each January 1.
We read your compelling stories aloud to management at the bargaining table. They were powerful reminders for every one of the sacrifices you all have made and the commitment to public health you continue to demonstrate each day. Keep them coming! The county needs to know this contract matters to all the nurses.
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Our negotiating team will be meeting with Dr. Khan. Take a moment and sign the petition now. This shows management that we are UNITED! The response so far from nurses has been outstanding.
We continue to work on parking for KCCF dayshift, given that this shift's bus routes are not available for so many nurses. In addition to cost, parking remains a safety issue. We continue to hear reports of threats and safety incidents on the bus involving nurses. Do report such events to your Supervisor, but don't stop there. Take a couple of minutes to submit an online ADO for any safety and/or staffing concern. This is how we keep the issue top of mind with the county. It is legally discoverable, and is sent to your manager, officers and Nurse Rep. Nurses are to be free of ANY retaliation for submitting ADO's. It is the law! https://www.wsna.org/union/ado
We finished by improving the language for certification pay. More types of certification pay are now being recognized, such as:
We still have more articles to address and are working hard to bring you a contract we can all support; one that recognizes the nurses' valuable contribution to the community.
Your team applauds and invites the nurses to stay engaged with the actions. Every nurse is needed in the plan to win a fair contract. Our next negotiation session is April 13..
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During Michelle Moore’s leave, Tara Barnes, WSNA Nurse Representative, will be covering for her. Please contact her with any questions or concerns. email@example.com or 206-575-7979 x3027.
In Solidarity from your negotiating team,
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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.