We all won

Early Saturday morning, after negoti­ating for 17 hours with the assis­tance of Federal Media­tors, we reached a tenta­tive agree­ment with hospital administration. 

We achieved:

  • FULL retroac­tive pay, 3% on all gross earnings back to Nov. 1, 2018;
  • Higher wage increases of 6.5% upon ratifi­ca­tion and 3.5% on Nov. 1, 2020;
  • Extra shift incen­tive of $5/​hr. will be added to the RN’s regular rate of pay for 0.6 FTE and above;
  • Delayed imple­men­ta­tion of increased per diem work require­ments to Jan. 1, 2020, but immediate increase in wages upon ratification;
  • Stronger nurse staffing committee language and actual commit­ments to begin the process of improving staffing;
  • Plus, all previ­ously negoti­ated tenta­tive agreements

This is a major victory! We achieved gains in all three of our key prior­i­ties on wages, staffing and retro pay. The Rapid Response Organizers diligently and system­at­i­cally had one-on-one conver­sa­tions with every nurse and collected signa­tures on strike pledge petitions in unprece­dented numbers. Members were united and committed. Together, we did it!

The Strike Autho­riza­tion Vote on July 15 &16 is officially canceled.

We will use the origi­nally sched­uled dates and times so that you can come and hear about the details of the new contract. The team recom­mends this tenta­tive agree­ment and will be avail­able at the meetings with WSNA staff to answer questions. 

Local Unit Meetings:


IBEW Hall, 3049 S 36th St, Tacoma, WA 98409


July 15, 2019: 2 – 4:30 p.m. and 5:30 – 9 p.m.

July 16, 2019: 5:30 – 10 a.m. and noon‑2 p.m.

Thank you for standing with us!

Your negoti­ating team,

Linda Burbank, Janet Stewart, Sally Budack, Melissa Garcia, Francine Gumina, Tiffany Repar, Richie Tiamzon, Matthew McGuire, and Chelsey Roos

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