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On Oct. 7 we will begin bargaining a successor agreement. What? Didn’t we just bargain? It sure seems that way.
We had begun bargaining our one-year agreement when the pandemic hit. We felt it was best, at that time, to focus on coronavirus and our work and our families and staying healthy than to keep bargaining. While we did get important MOUs during that time, we settled on this one-year agreement with wage increases (that were recently approved by the County) and which expires Dec. 31, 2020. By the way we should be seeing retroactive wage increases and back pay in October.
We have all the survey data from a year ago and know what your priorities are. We are gearing up for challenging contract bargaining because the County is crying poverty with the decrease in tax revenues related to COVID. We three RN members of our contract bargaining team will work hard on your behalf to get the best contract we can. But we can’t do that without your help.
Here are two ways you can help, with the most effective way first.
If you are not already a member, become a member of WSNA. By joining you will be supporting your colleagues and your bargaining team. Showing the County that we have a strong and united membership says volumes. It’s easy to join at www.wsna.org/membership
Make sure WSNA has your best contact info – personal email and cell phone for texting. Read the communications we send you! We will send updates from the bargaining sessions and we will likely need your support in tangible ways, so please pay attention when we email or text you.
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.