A big thanks to the 7th floor for sponsoring food for us during our 10-hour session.
WSNA attempted to make significant movement towards an overall agreement but we were met with resistance from management, who did not reciprocate. We are disappointed with their response to our proposals and their lack of movement.
- The employer gave us a new economic proposal with wage increases of 2.5%, 2.75% and 2.5%. We believe that this is far below what would adequately meet the recruitment and retention needs of the hospital.
- They have withdrawn their proposal to decrease the 15 percent pay in lieu of benefits. But, in what feels like a slap in the face, they maintain their proposal to decrease pay for supplemental part-time nurses.
- They have failed to make substantive proposals to address the critical issues of workplace violence language and nurse staffing.
- They continue to reject our proposals on nursing degree premiums and float premiums, which we believe would also help with recruitment and retention.
- They also continue to reject our proposal to separate Walters from the main OR in clinical groupings, despite a showing of overwhelming support from nurses of Walters.
Where we are now: Both parties have agreed to begin to use a federal mediator to help us reach an agreement.
The fight continues.
On Dec. 21, we are having a drop-in union social at the Red Elm Café from noon until 2 p.m. #
The Red Elm Café is at 1114 M.L.K. Jr Way, Tacoma, WA 98405 #
This is a family friendly event and everyone is welcome. It’s an opportunity to look at the contract, talk about workplace issues and concerns, meet nurses outside of your work area, make new friends and more! We hope to see you there. #
Your Negotiation Team:
John Gustafson, Tiffany Repar, Rachael DeSouza, Dian Davis, Linda Burbank, Katherine Miller, Janet Stewart, Crystal Collins, Melissa Garcia and Francine Gumina.
Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Pat McClure at firstname.lastname@example.org.