CHI Franciscan St. Clare Hospital


Our contract is ratified!

We had a great turnout to our ratification vote. More than half of the St. Clare nurses showed up and cast their ballots resulting in an overwhelming “Yes” vote. Hurray, our contract is ratified!!

Our Negotiating Team spent 11 days at the bargaining table. They also spent numerous hours in prep, planning, and time with St. Clare nurses listening and sharing information. I was so impressed as I watched this team push hard on proposals that would most benefit the nurses they were representing, regardless of how a specific proposal impacted themselves.

WSNA Negotiating Team members:

  • Kimberley Russell
  • Tony Endrezzi
  • Jocelyn Rogers
  • Clair Korrell
  • Patrick Williams
  • Tessa Zuidhoff
SC Rati 2019 6

Please give back to this team that fought so hard for you! We have a provision in our contract that allows nurses to donate vacation hours to the negotiating team. Simply submit a PAR to HR specifying the number of vacation hours you would like to donate to the WSNA negotiating team. You have 21-days from the date of ratification to do this.

Want to give back but either do not have vacation hours or want to keep the ones you have? There is also the option of donating money to the team. Just give either cash, or a check, to any negotiating team member; or mail a check to WSNA. For checks please make them payable to WSNA and on the memo line write St Clare negotiating team.

SC Rati 2019 5
SC Rati 2019 7

Please show your appreciation to this awesome team.

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

Contract proposal highlights

After more than a year of negotiations, our Negotiating Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with St. Clare which provides the same across the board wage increases as achieved at St. Joes Tacoma. The Tentative Agreement includes many significant improvements, including a big wage increase, retroactive pay, safe staffing protections, and other significant improvements as outlined below. Of equal importance, the Tentative Agreement excludes management’s proposed takeaway including cuts to current per diem’s premium, health tests and others.

These improvements were achieved because of all of us – the proud, strong RNs St. Clare nurses who joined together to let management hear our united voice. Our Negotiating Team recommends a Yes Vote.

Highlights include:

Wages

  • Six and a Half (6½) Percent Across the Board: Across the board wage increase effective first pay Period After Ratification.
  • Three and a Half (3½) Percent Across the Board Wage Increase: Effective first pay period after January 1, 2021.

  • Ratification Bonus: All current nurses employed on the date of payment, which will be within two pay periods of ratification will receive a 3% retroactive wage payment from the Agreements expiration date, February 1, 2019 to November 2, 2019.
  • Incentive Bonus Plan: A structured Incentive Plan which allows management to offer at least five dollars ($5.00 per hour) on an equitable basis to address staffing needs.
  • Wellness Conversion: Allows conversion of limited sick leave to annual leave.
  • Per Diem Nurses: Current per diem nurses will retain a 15% premium. Although future Per Diems will Receive 12%. We fought to the end to protect current per diem nurses.
  • Charge Nurse Premium: $2.25 to $2.50
  • SWAT Nurse Premium: $2.25 to $2.50


Language Proposals

  • Staffing Committee: Improvements to Staffing Committee strength requiring changes in staffing to be addressed by Staffing Committee before they go into effect and provides for the WSNA Nurse Representative to attend.
  • Staffing Commitments: Enforceable commitment to staff adequately to assure rest and meal breaks plus vacation time.
  • Workplace Violence: Assures that WSNA members will have a strong voice in designing and implementing changes to improve safety for nurses, patients and visitors through the St Clare Safety Committee.
  • Preceptor Experience: Assures preceptors will have at least one year of independent patient care experience.
  • FT Standby On Extra Shifts: Full-time nurses who sign-up for extra shifts are free to refuse standby absent an emergency or mutual agreement.
  • Residency Period: The Residency Agreement has changed so nurses’ introductory period is limited to six-months for repayment purposes, creating a hard deadline for repayment purposes.
  • New Employee Orientation: Guarantee access to new nurses for WSNA introduction over lunch.
  • Seniority Recall: Reduced from 18 to 12 months.
  • Low Census Order: Generally, requires travelers to be low censused before staff nurses.
  • Low Census Committee: Joint WSNA-Management Committee to correct low census errors.
  • Floating: Provides travelers will be floated before staff nurses.

Our Negotiating Team believes that it is a strong Agreement which will improve and protect our professional lives and lay a strong foundation to build on in the future. In addition to the above, numerous minor contract changes, clarifications and language clean up are in the proposal. The Association encourages all RNs to take time to review the full draft Proposed Agreements which will be available at the ratification.

Our bargaining team recommends a YES vote on December 2!

Voting Location and Times:

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Place: St Clare Hospital, Classroom C
6:30 – 8:30 a.m.
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
6 – 8:30 p.m.

Our Negotiating Team members and attorney that bargained the Tentative Agreement will be available at the vote to provide further explanation and/or answer questions.

In Solidarity; Kimberly Russell, Tony Endrizzi, Clairissa Korrell, Jocelyn Rogers, Patrick Williams, Tessa Zuidhoff

For questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or 206-575-7979 ext. 3056.

WSNA Contract Negotiations Update: Correction regarding ratification bonus

The information I sent out regarding the ratification bonus was not accurate. It is 3% retro pay, but it is for nurses on the active payroll as of the date of payment, not on the date of ratification.

Please see the corrected message below:

The agreement includes 3% retro pay for all nurses employed at St Clare on the date of our ratification active payroll as of the date of payment, 6.5% wage increases the first full pay period after the ratification vote and many other contract improvements. We will be sending out a more detailed summary soon.

The ratification vote will be held:

Date: Monday, December 2, 2019

Place: St Clare Hospital, Classroom C

6:30 - 8:30 a.m.

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

6 - 8:30 p.m.

We will have a summary as well as a complete redline of the contract at the vote available for review. Our negotiating team and attorney that were at the bargaining table will be there too.

I apologize for any confusion or problems this may have caused.

Sincerely,

Barbara Friesen, Nurse Rep bfriesen@wsan.org , 206-575-7979 ext. 3056

Woohoo! We have a tentative agreement!

We finally reached a tentative agreement our team can recommend a “Yes” vote on!

The agreement includes 3% retro pay for all nurses employed at St Clare on the date of our ratification, 6.5% wage increases the first full pay period after the ratification vote and many other contract improvements. We will be sending out a more detailed summary soon.

The ratification vote will be held:

Monday, December 2, 2019
St Clare Hospital, Classroom C
6:30 - 8:30 a.m.
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
6 - 8:30 p.m.

We will have a summary as well as a complete redline of the contract at the vote available for review. Our negotiating team and attorney that were at the bargaining table will be there too.

Together we are strong, together we win!

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

For questions contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at bfriesen@wsan.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3056.

Canceled!

Cafeteria time scheduled for today has been canceled.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at 800-231-8482, ext. 3056 or bfriesen@wsna.org.

Error on St. Clare’s ED nurses’ concerns survey.

We accidentally left off the contact information when we sent the survey out!

The return rate and information provided by those that have already taken it is significant. However, without the contact information the data is not valid, and we cannot use it. Therefore, if you have taken the survey already, you know it only takes a few minutes. We ask that you please retake it, only this time providing your name. If you have not taken it, please take it now. Thank you for your time and understanding.

Concerns have been brought to WSNA’s attention regarding the working conditions and work environment in the Emergency Department at St Clare Hospital. We want to fully understand the perspective of every nurse that works in the ED. Therefore, we are asking every WSNA nurse that works in, or floats to the ED to take the following survey,

All responses are confidential. WSNA staff will not share the individual responses with anyone. Only summaries and anonymous comments may be shared. We ask for your current contact information so that we may contact you if we have questions about your responses and so that we can share important information with you.

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

Survey for ED nurses

Concerns have been brought to WSNA’s attention regarding the working conditions and work environment in the Emergency Department at St Clare Hospital. We want to fully understand the perspective of every nurse that works in the ED. Therefore, we are asking every WSNA nurse that works in, or floats to the ED to take the following survey:

All responses are confidential. WSNA staff will not share the individual responses with anyone. We ask for your current contact information so that we may contact you if we have questions about your responses and so that we can share important information with you.

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

WSNA cafeteria time

Come talk to your WSNA officers and nurse representative in the St Clare cafeteria. Stop by with your questions, concerns, suggestions or just to say hi.

Look for the WSNA sign!

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019

10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
5 to 7 p.m.

By signing in when you drop by you will be entered to win a Coffee Card!

Barbara Friesen WSNA Nurse Rep
1-800-231-8482, ext. 3056
bfriesen@wsna.org

Negotiation update

Negotiations session 10 - not good

Our contract negotiating team spent over 12 hours at our 10th session trying to reach an agreement with management that we could recommend a yes vote on. Unfortunately, we need to report regardless of our effort…

  • Per diems remain under attack with management insisting their pay be reduced.
  • Management refuses to provide the same wage package to St. Clare nurses that the St. Joes nurses received.
  • Management is insisting on inequitable treatment of part-time and full-time nurses regarding the ability to decline standby for extra shifts.

WSNA will be holding local unit meetings soon to discuss management's disrespectful attitude towards their hard-working dedicated nurses and determine our next steps.

Please spread the news about what has transpired and to watch for emails announcing the time and place of the upcoming WSNA meetings.

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.

What is a Staffing Complaint/ADO form?

Why should I fill one out?

How do I fill one out?

See the answers to these questions and more below:

What is a Staffing Complaint/Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) form?

A Staffing Complaint/ADO is a form that documents a good faith effort on the part of a nurse to call attention to problems that affect nurse and/or patient care, safety, or satisfaction. The goal is to fix these problems and ensure they don’t reoccur.

What is the purpose of filling out a Staffing Complaint/ADO form?

Staffing Complaint/ADO forms provide documented evidence that a problem exists on a unit and initiates a process for improving the situation. Once management has been presented with an issue, it is incumbent upon them to address it. Additionally, you are documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you if there is a negative outcome.

The submitted Staffing Concern/ADO also provides the Staffing Committee members with specific details, rather than with anecdotal examples about staffing complaints, and helps them determine if a complaint has been resolved or not. The Staffing Committee has the legal responsibility to determine if staffing complaints are resolved or unresolved. Complaints that show an unresolved trend for 60 days or more could result in an investigation by the Department of Health and possible fines.

When appropriate, some complaints may be taken to Conference Committee by our WSNA Local Unit officers to try to resolve the concern.

Steps to be taken before filling out a Staffing Complaint/ADO:

  • Clarify what is being asked of you regarding your assignment
  • Assess your capabilities, obstacles, acuity of patients, and availability of ancillary staff
  • Identify all possible options for meeting patient’s needs
  • Decide; communicate the decision to your Charge Nurse, or immediate supervisor, and document the decision-making process on the form

When to fill out a Staffing Complaint/ADO:

  • When you find yourself in a situation that creates concerns about conditions for patients, or for you, complete the form as soon as possible.
  • Think of it as an S.O.S. – Short on Safety, Short on Supplies, Short on Staff

Examples of when you should submit a Staffing Complaint/ADO form:

  • Your unit is not staffed according to its staffing plan.
  • Shift adjustments to staffing are inadequate.
  • Charge nurse is unable to perform charge nurse duties, secondary to increased patient care assignment
  • Inadequate nurse to patient ratios for patient acuity based on your clinical judgment; insufficient support staff
  • You are not trained or experienced in the area assigned, or have not been oriented to this unit / case load
  • Necessary equipment is not available (supplies, IVs, medication availability), or you are not trained or experienced to use equipment in assigned area
  • An assignment poses a threat to the health and safety of a patient under your direct care
  • Coerced/Mandatory overtime, or missed breaks

No retaliation!

Our WSNA contract and the law both prohibit retaliation against nurses for filing a Staffing Complaint/ADO.

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

Cafeteria time

Come talk to your WSNA officers and Nurse Representative in the St Clare cafeteria. Stop by with your questions and concerns or just to say hi.

Look for the WSNA sign!

Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019
7 – 9 a.m.
11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
5 – 7 p.m.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Barbara Friesen at
800-231-8482, ext. 3056 or bfriesen@wsna.org.

Contract negotiations update

Delay in play…What’s up?

The last update WSNA sent out after our ninth session of negotiations on August 5 said we thought we would be meeting again to negotiate in mid-September. Unfortunately, due to scheduling difficulties on both sides that did not happen. Therefore, our next scheduled day is October 15, 2019.

Our team is hopeful we will be able to reach a tentative agreement on the 15th. Nevertheless, we are also prepared to take further actions if we need to. We will update everyone shortly after our next session so stay tuned!

Also, remember the Negotiating and Contract Action Team (CAT) members are always the “first in the know” so are a great resource to find out about what is happening.

Negotiating and CAT members:
Critical Care
Clair Korrell*
Patrick Williams*

ED
Jennifer Cihak
Katrina Raffensberger
Patrick Rutledge
Tove Finch
David Bibeav
Sania Marri
Tessa Zuidhoff*

Med-Tele
Tina Mitchell
Jennea Skaar
Marcelle Arce
Dorcas Oluko
Adrienne Milam

Orthopedic Surgical
Kimberley Russell*
Kathryn Burnham
Donna Jones
Jocelyn Rogers*

Progressive Care Unit
Shelby Phippips
Kate D'Olivo
Nadea Golub
Peyton Schmidt – Teague

Surgical Services
Tony Endrezzi*
Kavita Day

*Negotiating team member

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 , 206-575-7979, ext. 3056.

Session 9 - go team!

Session 9

The picture above is of our negotiation team during day number nine of negotiations sitting below the posters filled with petition cards. We started our day by pointing out the petition cards and then our team stepped out of the room to provide management the opportunity to read the numerous comments nurses wrote on the cards. We kept these posters on the wall behind us during negotiations so management had to look at them all day and understand it wasn’t just us at the table they were negotiation with, it was us and every nurse on that wall.

We have petition cards from half of the bargaining unit, which was a result of all the work the Contract Action Team (CAT) and negotiating team members did. WSNA staff did not participate in getting cards signed and never put out any communication about the cards. What a demonstration of super teamwork!

We provided management a complete comprehensive proposal and were hopeful we would finish the day with a tentative agreement but that did not happen. Nevertheless, management did give us a few counter proposals that showed positive movement.

Although we tried to find a date to meet again soon, both sides had scheduling difficulties due to vacations and other scheduled obligations. It appears it will most likely be the middle of September for our next session. We will notify you with any updates.

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

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.