Bargaining Update: New members on your team #

Our priority is a fair contract for our nurses at SJMC. In order to have a full and robust negoti­a­tions team repre­senting the broad interest of the nurses at SJMC, we have added three additional members to our negoti­ating team: 

  • Matthew McGuire, ED
  • Chelsey Roos, Walters PACU
  • Richie Tiamzon, PCU

We met on July 2 to begin prep for the upcoming media­tion on July 12. We had thoughtful delib­er­a­tions on the priority issues of staffing, retroac­tive pay and wages. We will be meeting again on July 6 to continue work on the devel­op­ment of bargaining proposals. We under­stand the need for trans­parency and will inform our members of our proposal to the Employer, to the extent that publi­cizing it doesn’t compro­mise our strategic position for bargaining.

Urgent: Take the Patient Safety Survey #

Your answers to our Patient Safety Survey will give us the data we need to make a strong argument to manage­ment and the public that our safe staffing concerns are real and must be addressed in our contract.

We need more responses to make the data as strong as possible.

The responses we’ve received so far tell us that:

  • 3 out of 4 of us say there is patient safety problems on the unit and there is not enough staff to handle the workload.
  • Fewer than 2% say their unit is always adequately staffed.
  • 43% of nurses do not believe that SJMC has an organi­za­tional commit­ment towards resources to address safety concerns.

These numbers are appalling. It’s beyond time for manage­ment to do something about it.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Hanna Welander at or by calling 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3035.