We, your negoti­a­tion team, met with manage­ment on Oct. 9, 2018 for our fourth negoti­a­tion session. During previous sessions, we made proposals of basic staffing standards including adequate staffing to allow nurses to utilize their PTO. SJMC manage­ment responded by attempting to strip the contract of all staffing language in section 6.11 and 6.12. At this most recent session, manage­ment renewed their proposal to elimi­nate the safe staffing language from the contract, including language that protects the nurses from retal­i­a­tion for raising staffing concerns. 

The Medical Center is also contin­uing to try to condense clinical group­ings and float individ­uals more broadly. This includes attempting to fold ACC into Med Surg. SJMC is also not willing at this time to separate Walters from the main OR despite both manage­ment and nurses raising concerns. We have signif­i­cant concerns about the ability to maintain compe­tency of the nurses who are floated and the safety of the patients and have a proposal related to floating.

Recently, some of our team members played roles in this video depicting why floating of nurses anywhere is not always the right thing to do. 

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The Medical Center gave us their economic proposal and we are far apart on wages. We are working hard to assure the Medical Center is able to retain and attract nurses to care for our patients.

What’s next? Come talk to us, your negoti­a­tion team, and get the latest on negoti­a­tions. Drop in, get the scoop, be involved, know what’s going on!

Local unit meeting – negoti­a­tions update

Date: Nov. 7, 2018
Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m., 3:30 – 5 p.m., 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: The People’s Commu­nity Center — 1602 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA

WSNA Happy Hour

Spend some time with your peers and member­ship officer, Rachael DeSouza (please note the Happy Hour that was sched­uled on 11/7 is canceled due to the above negoti­a­tion meetings).

When: Wednesday, Dec. 5 from 5 – 7 p.m.
7 Seas Brewery in Tacoma

Your negoti­a­tion team,

Crystal Brooten, Dian Davis, Francine Gumina, Janet Stewart, John Gustafson, Katie Miller, Linda Burbank, Melissa Garcia, Rachael DeSouza and Tiffany Repar