The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion has been made aware that CHI Franciscan has notified the RNs and staff of a Manda­tory COVID Testing policy and program. We are dismayed that, as the exclu­sive bargaining unit repre­sen­ta­tives of the RNs at SJMC, we were not notified prior to the notice going out to staff. We are not in agree­ment with the unilat­eral imple­men­ta­tion of this manda­tory subject of bargaining. A cease and desist letter with demand to bargain the decision and effects was sent to CHI Administrator’s today.

Please send any questions or comments regarding this issue to WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Barbara Friesen at bfrieson@wsna.org or contact any or your local unit officers.