We have officially launched prepa­ra­tions to strike and nurses have turned out! On Thursday, June 20, WSNA offered Strike Assess­ment Training to the newly formed Rapid Response Organizers. Friday, June 21 and Monday, June 24, hundreds of nurses turned out for Local Unit Meetings at the IBEW Hall to get their questions answered about striking, signed strike commit­ment petitions and signed up for strike commit­tees. Solidarity is in the air.

You may have seen the letter from CHI asking what the nurses want. How bizarre! Over the last ten months, the negoti­ating team has been unequiv­ocal and committed to your top prior­i­ties: wages, retroac­tive pay, and staffing. We have consis­tently artic­u­lated these prior­i­ties to manage­ment. The employer is clearly feeling the pressure, let’s keep up the momentum.

Here’s how you can take part in our strike preparations: 

  1. Sign the strike commit­ment petition and pledge that If it is neces­sary, I will join my co-workers on strike and partic­i­pate in picketing on all of my assigned picket shifts.”
  2. Sign up for a strike committee.
  3. Be informed, stay engaged.

Questions? Feel free to contact Hanna Welander, Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive, at hwelander@wsna.org.