As of Feb. 2, 2021, day #4 of negoti­a­tions is complete. Your negoti­a­tion team, Kat Clancy BSN, RN & Karen Winchell BSN, RN are working hard discussing meaningful issues at the negoti­a­tion table, taking into consid­er­a­tion the needs of all the nurses in the WSNA bargaining unit. Issues currently being discussed include but are not limited to:

  • Afford­able Health­care: There have been diffi­cul­ties with recruit­ment and reten­tion of nurses with depen­dents because the costs of adding health, vision, and dental benefits is substan­tial. Your bargaining team is working to ensure that nurses with depen­dents have access to afford­able plans by requiring the District to pay a greater share of their premiums than it does now. We have also proposed that the District does not reduce the amount that it pays towards premiums for those without dependents.
  • Wages – Currently, we are proposing fair wages in addition to other increases in longevity pay, and premium pay. In response to this, Manage­ment is stressing they are in finan­cially pressing times and we remain in disagree­ment on economics and will continue to press for fair wages.
  • RN and PHN classi­fi­ca­tion – the team has been working hard to advocate to bring RNs with BSN degrees into a PHN role. We are also proposing more equitable step placement.

Future dates to bargain have been set for Feb. 17 and Mar. 1, as both parties remain motivated to come to the table. There will be a Unity Meeting on Friday, Feb. 12 at noon. Check your email for the link to join in!

Support your negoti­a­tion team by becoming a WSNA member. Only members can vote on the contract. Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Bret Percival at bpercival@wsna.org.