Union

Spokane Veterans Home


WSNA nurse representative change


Dear WSNA nurses,

WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN will be the WSNA/Spokane Veterans Home Representative beginning Nov. 1. Debi comes with experience and years of practice. We know you will all welcome her and together, you will continue to make positive changes for Spokane Veterans Home nurses!

I look forward to continuing the unity at other WSNA facilities, and I stand with you in solidarity – always.

Debi can be reached at dbessmer@wsna.org or at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112.

Go team,

Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep


Your 2019-2021 Coalition CBA has been ratified!


The 2019-2021 Coalition Contract has been ratified by your bargaining units and the rest of the Coalition.

The Association would like to thank everyone who attended the vote. The Governor now has the 2019-2021 Coalition Contract for his review. After his review, the Governor will then present your Contract to the Legislature and the decision to implement will be decided during the 2019 Legislative Session. Any updates and Association asks will be sent through WSNA electronic or USPS mailings and posted on your local unit webpage. So please keep current and be prepared to act.

Are you not receiving Association communications? Please contact the Association at membership@wsna.org or call 1 (800) 231-8482 to add or update your contact information.

Your local unit has also elected WSNA Officers to serve another three year term!

Geoffrey Fanning, Local Unit Chair
Hardish Khinda, Local Unit Co-Chair

    Thanks to those who voted! Congratulations to all!

    WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN, 1 800 231-8482, ext. 3118, jperkins@wsna.org


    It’s time to vote!


    We have a Tentative Contract Agreement and a Tentative Benefits Agreement!

    The Coalition Negotiating Teams has succeeded in getting a Tentative Contract Agreement and Tentative Benefits Agreement with the State of Washington. The coalition negotiating team worked extremely hard in negotiating these Tentative Agreements and are recommending a YES vote on both the Contract and the Benefits Agreements. Please come and vote. The extended/redline version of the WSNA/State of Washington Tentative Agreements will be available for you to review during voting hours.

    When: Sept. 24, 2018
    Time: 1:30 – 3 p.m.
    Where: Admin Conf Room

    Only members in good standing are eligible to vote.

    Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.


    Contract and healthcare negotiations update


    On Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, our Coalition met with the State for contract negotiations and we reached some additional noneconomic tentative agreements. Regarding economics, the State has made some economic-related proposals but is not ready to respond to all which is extremely frustrating. We have told the State that since we only have two scheduled negotiating sessions left that they need to give us their total package at our next contract negotiations on Sept. 5.

    For healthcare negotiations, the Coalition of Unions and the State met on Aug. 3 and we gave them our proposal. We reached one tentative agreement, but the State was not prepared to address our premium cost share proposal. The next healthcare benefits negotiating session was to be on Aug. 10, but the State canceled at the last minute. Our next healthcare negotiation is on Sept.7. Stay tuned!

    Please frequent this page for possible updated communications.

    If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.


    News alert: WSNA has been busy in Spokane!


    Quote of the quarter

    ​“To be free, the workers must have choice. To have choice they must retain in their own hands the right to determine under what conditions they will work.”
    – Samuel Gompers, "The Worker and the Eight-hour Workday," American Federationist: Official Magazine of the American Federation of Labor
    In this issue:
    1. Officer of the Quarter
    2. Spokane Leadership Summit
    3. Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane you are a member of the Spokane Alliance?
    4. Negotiation updates
    5. We are on Facebook! Upcoming events

    Officer of the Quarter: Stevie Krone, RN, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Local Unit Co-Chair

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    “My name is Stevie Lynne Krone. I am a Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center and the current WSNA Co-Chair representing the nurses in the SHMC/WSNA bargaining unit. I have been a member of WSNA for over five years and have been an energetic participant in my local unit activities including pickets, walks and petitions. I am now serving my first term in office as we head into contract negotiations for 2018, utilizing both voice and action from my experience working alongside a powerful and strong brigade of nurses. I have practiced on nearly all the units of my hospital as a Float Pool nurse and now I can dedicate more time in supporting my occupational brothers and sisters as a supplemental on the Cardiac Medical Unit.

    I have also utilized my skills as a music artist to benefit and promote a sense of unity, especially with the release of my song “We Are the People.”


    It is my passion to serve my community with wholesome medical care as well as focus my allegiance to protect and promote the safety of the nurses that serve beside me.”

    If you are a local unit rep or a local unit officer, please contact jperkins@wsna.org to be featured in the next regional newsletter. We are constantly looking for leaders to feature!


    Spokane Leadership Summit, success!

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    Thanks to those of you who attended the Spokane Leadership Summit on April 14, 2018, at the Red Lion. Not only was it a great opportunity to network with fellow nurses in your area, all nurses walked away with 6 CNEs. Nurses from Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane Regional Health District and St. Luke’s Rehab were all there. Topics that were covered: Janus vs AFSME, workplace violence and the new Staffing Law.

    Thank you for your participation!

    In case you missed it, there are more Summits to come! Go to www.wsna.org/union/leadership to find out more. Registration incentives are being offered by the WSNA cabinet including a $50 reimbursement credit for one night’s stay. The next Summit is at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Registration is open now

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    Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane, you’re a member of the Spokane Alliance?

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    Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find them working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.

    For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. They are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. The Alliance is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

    At Spokane Alliance, they believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. And they do more than just sign petitions and protest; together, they take action. If you’re interested in helping with the Spokane Alliance as a WSNA nurse, please contact jperkins@wsna.org. WSNA is actively partnering to create opportunities to help improve the community through access to medical care for patients. Visit iafnw.org/spokanealliance to find out more about what is currently being worked on. We can direct you on how you can help!


    Negotiation updates

    Lots of work is being done by your WSNA staff and officers in the region. Get the bigger scoop:

    • St. Luke’s Rehab – 7 sessions complete. Lots of issues still on the table and we are disappointed at the amount of progress. There are still a lot of items to work through including wages, benefits, staffing, rest breaks and layoff language. Next day to bargain is Sept. 7. The negotiating team of nurses is: Fran Castillo (CVA), Linda Spurgeon (CVA) and Jonelle Polley (Infection Control RN).
    • Spokane Regional Health District – currently gathering a team of nurses and prepping the contract. Surveys are complete. First day of negotiations is Sept. 6. Negotiating team of nurses is: Jan Yoder, RN, Melissa Charbonneau, RN, Amy Cross, RN and Deborah Taylor, RN.
    • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center – preparations and bargaining will begin fall of 2018. The negotiating team members are: Stevie Lynn Krone (9N), KT Raley-Jones (CICU), Clint Wallace (ICU), LaDonna Reel (MB), Nonie Kingma (AGPU), Debbie Cameron (5S), Linda Clanton (IV Therapy), David Emerson (7N), Darryl Johnson (Cath Lab), Lee Ayres (PACU), Abigail Berry (OR), Vicki Benson (Radiology) and Inga Matheson (CICU).
    • Providence Holy Family Hospital – recent grievance settlement for vacation/sick accrual for FT 12-hour nurses.
    • Pullman Regional Health District – organizing local unit reps for each unit.
    • Providence Visiting Nurses Association – a Tentative Agreement has been reached. Vote is upcoming.

    Have you found us on Facebook?

    Some of the WSNA local units in Spokane have Facebook pages which are kept up to date on happenings in labor, or within the local unit. Please take the time to “like” them and check them out! This is a great way to show solidarity for your labor brothers and sisters within your region.


    Upcoming events

    WSNA Coug Football Night – save the date!

    The Washington State University Cougars take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sept. 15! WSNA nurses will receive a discounted rate on tickets, don’t miss out.

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    2019 Washington State Nurses Convention

    Come join us on May 1-3, 2019 for Washington’s only statewide convention dedicated to nurses and the issues we face. We are focused on transforming health care through the power of nursing.

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    Contract negotiations and health benefits bargaining updates


    Contract negotiations

    The State and the Coalition have met four more times for contract negotiations and we have made progress in reaching some tentative agreements. At our last meeting on July 25, each coalition group met individually with the State’s lead negotiator, each Agency’s management representative and representatives from the Office of Financial Management to discuss individual economic proposals. Hopefully at our next scheduled contract negotiations on Aug. 22, the State will be ready with their response to these economic proposals. Stay tuned!

    For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

    Health benefits bargaining to begin

    The State and the Coalition of Unions Health Benefits bargaining is to begin on Aug. 3. This session will be at the South Sound Manor (455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501). The Coalition of Unions will pre-meet in the McElroy room from 8:30 – 11 a.m. and bargaining with the State will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the same room.

    The second bargaining session will be Aug. 10, 2018. Location is still to be determined.

    Please frequent the local unit webpage for updates and meeting locations.

    Your voice is needed at this bargaining table. If you are interested in being part of this bargaining, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.


    Contract negotiations update


    The May 23, 2018 contract negotiations were cancelled due to the State needing more time to ready their proposals. Our next contract negotiations date is June 20 and 21. Stay tuned!

    Please frequent the WSNA/Spokane Veterans Home Local Unit webpage for possible updated communications.

    If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482 ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.


    Contract negotiations update


    The first day of the 2019-2021 contract negotiations is complete! On May 9, 2018, we presented and explained our coalition contract proposals to management.  

    Our next contract negotiation date is: May 23, 2018. 

    Stay tuned!

    Please frequent the WSNA/Spokane Veterans Home Local Unit webpage for possible updated communications. If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or jperkins@wsna.org.


    VEBA MOU signed!


    In the Contracts & Documents section you will find a copy of the most recently ratified MOU in regards to VEBA. This MOU was voted in, by you, the bargaining unit, in Dec. 2017. Please file this MOU, along with your contract, for safe keeping and referencing in the future.

    Congratulations!

    In solidarity,

    Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN

    WSNA Nurse Representative/Organizer

    jperkins@wsna.org, 1-800-231-8482