CHI Franciscan St. Clare Hospital


Contract negotiations update

The tone of session eight was better than it has been and, although we did not reach a tentative agreement, management appeared more receptive.

In an effort to address the concerns we heard from many nurses at our local unit meetings, we provided management a couple of new proposals:

  • One of our proposals was specifically for the OR and PACU, where several nurses on those units are incurring 200-300+ hours of low census in a rolling calendar year, to provide them a low census relief program. The program would allow them up to 12 education hours per pay period in lieu of mandatory low census.
  • Another proposal was that nurses that sign up to work an extra shift could choose not to be on placed on standby.
  • We also provided management with an economic counter proposal they are reviewing and assured us they will give us their response next session.

Our next session is next Monday, August 5, 2019.

Together we are strong, together we win!

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team: Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or 206-575-7979 ext. 3056.

Letters to and from St. Clare

Did you read the letter St. Clare's Vice President, Operations Chief Operating Officer sent to the St. Clare nurses?

Did you know she has not attended any of our negotiation sessions?

Our WSNA negotiating team nurses who have been at all seven sessions responded to that letter with the following heartfelt reply:

Please join us at one of the following meetings to learn more about where we are at and what you can do.

Date: July 9, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m.

Place: Holiday Inn Express

11751 Pacific Hwy SW,

Lakewood, WA


Together we are strong! Together we win!


Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsna.org or 206-575-7979 ext. 3056.

Meeting notice

Important WSNA Local Unit Meeting July 9

The WSNA negotiation team wants to meet with all WSNA St Clare nurses before they meet with management again.

Negotiations have been dreadfully slow. Our team has been to seven negotiation sessions fighting hard to get a good contract. It has become clear we need to turn up the heat.

Our contract is expired. That means we can take any action we choose to get a contract St Clare nurses deserve.

We are holding local unit meetings to talk about where we are at, what you want, and what you are willing to do. Please attend one of the following meetings and encourage your colleagues to come too:

Date: July 9, 2019

Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. and 8 – 9 p.m.

Place: Holiday Inn Express

11751 Pacific Hwy SW,

Lakewood, WA 98499

Now is when it is important to have a structure of Unit Reps to help with negotiations and communication. Our goal is to have at least one Unit Rep on every unit and every shift. Please contact your Local Unit Officers or Nurse Rep if you are interested or would like more information.

Together we are strong, together we win!

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Team: Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsna.org or 206-575-7979 ext. 3056.

Contract Negotiations Update: Session Seven - Time to talk

Our seventh session with management was a slow go again and did not produce any tentative agreements. Management has proposed reducing per diem and pay in lieu of premium to 10%, wages increase of 2% each year of the contract, no retro, no bonus.

It is time to talk. We are holding local unit meetings to talk about where we are at, what you want and what you are willing to do. Please attend one of the following meetings and encourage your colleagues to come too:

Date: July 9, 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. and 8– 9 p.m.
Place: Holiday Inn Express
11751 Pacific Hwy SW,
Lakewood, WA


Our next session of negotiations is June 27, 2019.

Now is when we could use a structure of Unit Reps to help the negotiation team with negotiations and communication. Our goal is to have at least one Unit Rep on every unit and every shift. Please contact your Local Unit Officers or Nurse Rep if you are interested or would like more information.

Together we are strong, together we win!

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team:
Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or 206-575-7979, ext.. 3056.

Session 6…slow moving...

Our sixth session with management was slow moving and did not produce any tentative agreements. We did receive management's insulting economic proposal, which was 2% increase in wages the first full pay period after ratification, 2% February 1, 2020 and 2% February 2021. No retro, no bonus.

Most of the day was spent discussing low census, new employee orientation, workplace violence and the workplace violence committee. Unfortunately, management still wants the committee to only be advisory. We do not agree. Nurses are on the front line and need to have a real voice about how to keep staff and patients safe!

We have scheduled two more days in June to negotiate. We are hopeful to achieve a tentative agreement during one of those sessions. The dates are as follows:

  • June 20
  • June 27

Would you like to help the negotiating team and get more involved in your WSNA local unit by becoming a Unit Rep? Our goal is to have at least one Unit Rep on every unit and every shift. It is fun, rewarding and important work! Please contact your Local Unit Officers or Nurse Rep if you are interested or would like more information.

Together we are strong, together we win!

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team: Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen, at bfriesen@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3056.

St. Joe’s Nurses invite you to join them to rally for a FAIR CONTRACT!

The Nurses and community unified our voices before. Now we must pump up the volume!

As we return to our negotiation session with a Federal Mediator, come and cheer on our team.

St. Clare nurses can help show CHI administration that the St. Joe's nurses are united and we mean business!

Wear your WSNA T-shirts, bring your friends, family and pets.

Each of us is a ripple, but together we create the Blue Wave!

We all bring the power and energy of our presence! We’ll have coffee, donuts and team spirit to fuel our fire.

Let's show management what unity and Nursing Strong really looks like!

Where: Holiday Inn Express, 2102 S C St, Tacoma, WA 98402
When: Friday, May 31, 2019, arrival between 7 and 8 a.m., stay until 10 a.m. (Carpooling encouraged)

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barb Friesen at bfriesen@wsna.org.

WSNA Contract Negotiations Update: Session 5…better, but still a long way to go

Our fifth session with management was more collaborative than the fourth. We exchanged proposals and reached a few minor tentative agreements. Most of the day was spent discussing staffing and workplace violence, but we still have not come to agreement on either of these important issues. We believe nurses should be staffed in a manner that ensures nurse and patient safety as well as nurses getting their rest and meal breaks. In addition, we believe nurses should be and feel safe in their workplace, and that nurses should have a voice regarding their workplace safety that is more than just advisory.

We still did not receive any economic proposals from management. However, at the end of the day management assured us they will bring their economic proposal to our next session.

We have scheduled three more days in June to negotiate. We are hopeful to achieve a tentative agreement during one of those sessions. The dates are as follows:

  • June 10
  • June 20
  • June 27

Stay tuned, there could be a call to action after any or all of the upcoming sessions.

Together we are strong, together we win!

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Team: Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3056.

WSNA Contract Negotiations Update: Session 4 - underwhelming responses from management

Our WSNA negotiating team went to the table excited about the new workplace violence legislation our state recently passed. We spent the morning explaining the intent of our proposal, which is to embrace the law and create a Workplace Violence Committee composed of management, nurses, security, affected staff and WSNA to assess and address prevention, education, training and post-workplace violence victims at St Claire. Every member on our team shared stories about what they have experienced, giving credit for improvements that have been made since our last contract negotiations and noting areas that still need work. Management listened, asked questions and seemed to understand our concerns and that we hope to work together towards improved safety.

Unfortunately, the counter-proposal management came back with was underwhelming.

Their proposal added one RN to the current safety committee, said they were committed to a non-violent workplace, they would post signage, and the Safety Committee may provide input to management regarding implementation and impact of a plan.

We also urged management to provide their economics proposal, which they have not provided yet and continue to refuse to provide.

At the end of the day, we were disappointed with so little movement. Stay tuned there may be actions ahead!

Don’t forget about our drop-in breakfast Tuesday, May 14, 2019 from 6 - 9 a.m. in conference room A&B. Meet your negotiating team and learn more about what is happening, or perhaps we should say not happening, at the table, and what you can do to help!

In Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team:
Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3056.

Sessions 2 and 3 completed

St Claire management has presented their language proposals, however, nothing yet regarding economics.

Their proposals contain takeaways that include:

Reducing the Per Diem in lieu of benefits premium

Reducing recall period when on a layoff recall roster

Eliminating free health tests

Most of both days were spent discussing WSNA’s proposals regarding:

Staffing

Rest break and meal periods

Workplace Violence

Would you like to help the negotiating team and get more involved in your WSNA local unit by becoming a Unit Rep? It is fun, rewarding and important work! Please contact your local unit officers or nurse rep if you are interested or would like more information.

In Solidarity!

Your Negotiating Team: Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

Questions?

Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org

or 206-575-7979 ext. 3056.

Contract negotiations are underway

Our St. Claire WSNA negotiating team members are:

Kimberly Russell - Ortho/Surg
Tony Endrizzi - PACU
Clairissa Korrell - ICU
Jocelyn Rogers - Ortho/Surg
Rachel Ross - PCU
Patrick Rutledge - ED
Patrick Williams - ICU
Tessa Zuidhoff - ED

We completed our first day of contract negotiation on Thursday, March 28, 2019. WSNA presented the majority of our proposals, which included proposals regarding staffing and workplace violence.

Management is supposed to provide us their proposals at our next session on April 8, 2019.

Would you like to help the negotiating team and get more involved in your WSNA local unit by becoming a unit rep? It is fun, rewarding and important work! Please contact our local unit officers or nurse rep if you are interested or would like more information.

In Solidarity,

Your Negotiating Team

Questions? Please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or (206) 575-7979, ext. 3056

Convention 2019 sponsorship opportunity

Your St. Claire Hospital WSNA Local Unit leaders are sponsoring three nurses to attend the Washington State Nurses Convention, May 1-3, 2019 at the Tulalip Resort Casino.

Don’t miss amazing speakers, great professional development and a full year of CNEs!

We’ll cover your registration fee of $450 so you can attend this fun and educational event. If you’re interested in this great opportunity, reach out to us today.

The scholarship also includes reimbursement for a 2-night stay, mileage and meals.

You can find more information, including the full convention agenda, at rnconvention.org.

Please note:

• The Thursday evening banquet is included in the registration fee.

• The scholarship does not include the $150 optional Suicide Prevention training.

Contact WSNA Local Officers Kimberly Russell at kimberkayrussell@comcast.net or Tony Endrizzi at aendrizzi@comcast.net to reserve your spot.

WSNA grievance officer training

When: Friday, Feb. 22 from 9-11 a.m.
Where: Pierce County Nurses Assoc. office (223 Tacoma Ave S, 98402)

This event is for you if:

  1. You are a WSNA elected officer or grievance officer who has not yet had this training (officers learn how to attend investigatory meetings).
  2. You have already had grievance officer training and would like a refresher.
  3. You have lots of experience with the grievance process and are willing to share your knowledge and experience with those new to the role.
  4. You have an interest in advocating for your colleagues in investigations and would like to learn more.

Your colleagues need your advocacy and support!

RNs from various Tacoma-area facilities will be attending and space is limited. You must pre-register for this training.

Register today with WSNA Nurse Rep Sydne James at SJames@wsna.org. Include your name, contact info and where you work.

Please be on time!

Your new WSNA nurse representative

Please welcome your new WSNA nurse representative, Barbara Friesen, MS, BSN, RN.

Beginning Jan. 4, 2019, Barbara Friesen will take over all new issues as they arise at St. Clare Hospital. Barbara can be reached at bfriesen@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3056. I will assist Barbara with this transition in the coming months as needed.

For those of you who have matters that I have been assisting you with, I will continue working with you until resolution.

Although I will no longer be the WSNA nurse representative for you at St. Clare Hospital, my work continues as a WSNA nurse representative.

It has been both an honor and a pleasure working with all of you and I wish you the best. I know you will be in good hands with Barbara.

Sincerely,

Michele Rose, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative
mrose@wsna.org

If you have not done so, here’s another chance to take the survey!

The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires Jan. 31, 2019, so it is time for the negotiation survey. This survey will assist the team in preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical in determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. Take a moment to complete the 2018 Contract Negotiation Survey. It is vital that WSNA and the team know your issues and concerns prior to starting negotiations, so please complete this survey by Dec. 10, 2018.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering to be a member of the negotiation team, please contact one of us.

Chair: Kimberley Russell – OSS, kimberkayrussell@comcast.net / 253-212-3742
Treasurer: Anthony Endrizzi – PACU, aendrizzi@comcast.net / 253-292-1803

It’s contract negotiation survey time!

The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires January 31, 2019, so it is time for the negotiation survey. This survey will assist the team in preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical in determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. Take a moment to complete the 2018 contract negotiation survey. It is vital that WSNA and the team know your issues and concerns prior to starting negotiations, so please complete this survey by Nov. 1, 2018.

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering to be a member of the negotiating team please contact one of us:

Got contract questions or concerns?

I will be in the St Clare Cafeteria.

When: Monday, April 16 and Tuesday, April 24

Times: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Please come and speak with me.

Michele Rose, WSNA nurse representative
1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3012
mrose@wsna.org

We thank you for your vigilance!

It was brought to our attention that there was a recent poster posted by CHI at St Clare regarding a PCA Survey that offered a reward of an extra nurse for breaks for one week if 96-100% of us took this survey. It also referenced that we could take this before work, after work or during a 15 minute escape. This is very upsetting because what we need is an extra nurse all of the time and when in a shift, would we even have the time to look at this survey?

One of our own notified St Clare management right away asking for it to be removed and then quickly notified our WSNA nurse representative who in turn contacted and had a conversation with our Human Resource manager. It was found that management had quickly removed the offensive poster shortly after the complaint by one of our own! Management also performed a dept. by dept. search and no other PCA Survey posters were found. Our WSNA nurse representative told us that management did see our point as to why we found this poster upsetting. Please continue to watch, report and respectfully challenge. We can achieve much!

In Solidarity,

Kim Russell - LU Co-Chair, Michael Long - LU Co-Chair, Tony Endrizzi - LU Treasurer, Katie Bracken - LU Grievance Officer and Michele Rose - WSNA Nurse Representative (mrose@wsna.org or 1 (206) 575-7979, ext. 3012.