We would like to give a big shout out and thank you to the ACC for providing our negoti­ating team with great snacks and bever­ages for our fifth negoti­a­tion session on Oct. 30, 2018. If your unit would like to provide some snacks or lunch at an upcoming session, please contact one of your local unit officers or a member of the negoti­a­tion team.

Workplace violence incidents are being inves­ti­gated. We now have an Indus­trial Hygienist Compli­ance Officer assigned to inves­ti­gate the workplace violence incidents at SJMC as a result of our complaint filed with the Division of Occupa­tional Safety and Health (DOSH) at L&I for allega­tions of failing to ensure our safety in the workplace, failing to provide adequate training and failing to evaluate workplace violence incidents in order to better protect nurses and other employees from harm. Nurses should not have to come to work with a fear that we will be assaulted during our shift. At our most recent negoti­a­tion session, we also presented a proposal to manage­ment related to workplace violence.

We need your help. Have you experi­enced workplace violence at SJMC? We need to hear from you. Let us know if you are willing to speak with the inves­ti­gator from DOSH.

Staffing remains a priority. We continue to fight to retain and improve staffing language in our contract and we also exchanged a package” of proposals which the hospital is now considering.

Want more details on specific WSNA proposals and manage­ment takeaways? Come to one of the negoti­a­tion update meetings.

When: Nov. 7 from 1 – 2:30 p.m., 3:30 – 5 p.m. or 6 – 8:30 p.m.

Where: People Commu­nity Center — 1602 M.L.K. Jr Way (across from the hospital)

Feel free to drop in at any time during any of these sessions. Team members, our WSNA Nurse Rep and chief negotiator will be on hand to answer your questions. Be involved! Be informed about what is going on and what is at stake in regards to our wages, hours and working condi­tions. We will also have refresh­ments avail­able and there will be gift card raffles.

Your negoti­a­tion team,

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

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sara Frey at sfrey@wsna.org.