Astria Sunnyside Hospital

Negotiation update and local unit meeting

Negotiations update

We had our fourth day of negotiations on August 21. Our next date is October 11. We’ve made proposals including wages, health insurance, WSNA membership and more. We’ve made disappointing progress and we need to meet with you, our members.

Local Unit Meeting

We are having a local unit meeting September 3 from 6-8 p.m. in the classroom at the hospital. This is a drop-in meeting. If you are working, please stop by before or after your shift. Our attorney, Lane Toensmeir, will be at this meeting to talk about the issues we are having and the impact that the Astria bankruptcy is having on these negotiations.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 6-8 p.m.

Where: the Classroom at Astria Sunnyside Hospital

ADO/Staffing Complaint Forms are now online. These are reviewed by your Staffing Committee. We encourage you to use the online version. Copies automatically go to the LU (Local Unit) Chair, the co-chairs on the staffing committee, which includes Cynthia Lewis. Please include your manager’s email information so a copy goes to them as well.

In solidarity!

Your negotiating team: Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3113.

Important updates:

Negotiations Update

The hospital cancelled our last two sessions for negotiations. The hospital’s attorney has not yet been approved by the bankruptcy court to conduct negotiations on behalf of the employer. We are scheduled for July 10 and are looking for more dates as we were assured this legal hurdle should be resolved.

Change in security hours

The hours of security at the hospital have been decreased. If you have had any issues due to the lack of security, please contact your nurse representative, Carmen Garrison, at or (206) 491-9424.

Termination of employment and vacation cash out

It has come to our attention that nurses are not getting their vacation pay cash out upon termination of employment at Astria Sunnyside. Article 10.3 of our contract requires the hospital to cash out your vacation leave balance upon termination. If you know of anyone who has given their notice to resign or retire from employment at Astria Sunnyside after Astria filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy, please let your nurse representative know as soon as possible. You can contact Carmen Garrison at or by phone (206) 491-9424. We have filed an association grievance regarding this matter and want to include all affected nurses. WSNA will continue to enforce our contract!

ADOs are now available online

You can now fill out your ADO online. We have been waiting for a long time and the option is now here. This is the preferred method of completing an ADO. When you fill it out, a copy automatically goes to the Chair and Co-Chair, the Co-Chairs of the Staffing Committee, and your nurse rep from WSNA. Please include your manager’s email address so a copy will go directly to them as well. Follow this link Staffing Complaint Form/ADO or go to then click on "Staffing Complaint / ADO form".

Your Bargaining Team Members: Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or (206) 491-9424.

Astria files bankruptcy. What does it mean?

We know you have a lot of questions. WSNA is actively tracking and monitoring the situation. We are committed to our nurses and the patients we serve. Unfortunately, we have more questions than answers at the moment. WSNA is contacting the employer for additional information and will utilize all available resources to protect our members' rights.

Stay tuned for more information.

Questions? Please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or at 206-491-9424.

Day 2 negotiations update

We met with management on April 15. They responded to some of our proposals but they have yet to deliver an economic proposal. We reached agreements on a few items but our bargaining team needs to see the employer’s economic proposal.

Our next scheduled bargaining dates are May 23-24 and June 11.

Our negotiating team members are Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Cheryl Bofman and Janice Schell.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact any of the team members.

New online Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection (ADO) forms are here

Not getting all of your breaks? Working short staffed or staying late? Feel like you are taking an unsafe patient assignment? Denied earned PTO?

Yes, there is something you can do about this. Fill out a Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection form today.

  • Nurses are standing together for safe staffing and completing a Staffing Complaint/ADO form is the first step
  • These forms can help make things better NOW and can help gather needed data as we prepare for contract negotiations.
  • This new online form can be accessed through your phone making it simple and quick.
  • Copies of the submitted online form will automatically be sent to you, your local unit chair, co/vice chair, staffing committee co-chairs, WSNA nurse rep and manager (if you designate).

You can find the online form at For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN at or at 206-491-9424.

Negotiation update: day one

We met with management for our first day of negotiations on March 7. Due to scheduling issues, Janice Schell was the only officer able to attend. Our original first meeting was cancelled due to snow.

We provided them with our proposals. We expect to get responses to our proposals at the next session. Our next dates are April 15, May 23 and May 24. We'll schedule a local unit meeting following the next session.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Janice Schell and/or your WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison,

Negotiations update and more


As many of you know, our contract expired Oct. 22, 2018. We have mutually agreed to an extension. What does that mean for you? It means that all sections of the current contract remain intact.

Our first day of negotiations is scheduled for Feb. 11 at 9 a.m. We are meeting at the Fire Department in Sunnyside.

Your negotiating team members are Lovella Flores, Marisela Aguilar, Lori Riojas, Elizabeth Martinez, Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell and Danika Wagenaar.

WSNA Lobby Day - Feb. 28, 8:30 a.m.–4 p.m.


The goal of WSNA’s Lobby Day is to advance our legislative priorities that support nurses and patient safety. This event will include a morning briefing session to help participants get up-to-speed on key issues before the legislature. A few legislators will be invited to speak at this event, and WSNA’s Legislative & Health Policy Council will present the Association’s 2019 Legislative Priorities.

We are happy to offer 2.75 CNE contact hours this year! More information and registration links are here.

It is time to join together to hold Astria accountable to their promises to safely staff the hospitals

Astria Sisters and Brothers,

Astria nurses and staff are joining together to fight for better staffing language and market level wages that will enable Astria to fully staff its hospitals.

Join us in the fight!

Picket Party

Monday, Nov. 19, 2018
5-7 p.m.
Shepherds Heart Church – 2 S. 10th Ave
Pizza and soda will be provided.

Informational Picket and Rally

Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018
12:30-2:30 p.m.
On Walnut between 8th and 9th Ave
Astria Regional Medical Center
Food will be provided so you can join us on your break or lunch!

If you have any questions, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or at 206-491-94224.

It’s time to prepare for negotiations

Thank you to everyone who has completed the surveys. Join us for a local unit meeting to talk about what your concerns are going into negotiations.

Local unit meeting

Tuesday, Nov. 13
6-8 p.m.
Classroom (at the hospital)

Your negotiating team wants to hear from you! Join the fun and invite a co-worker.

Thank you,

Your Local Unit Officers:

Lovella Flores - Chair, Marisela Aguilar - Co-Chair, Lori Riojas - Secretary, Elizabeth Martinez -Treasurer, Cheryl Bofman - Grievance Officer, Janice Schell - Grievance Officer, Chris Patacini - Membership Chair

Were you being charged for your insurance premium?

If you are currently a full-time (0.9FTE) and are under the current employer insurance plan for employee only, you may have noticed since January you were being charged for your insurance premium. WSNA had several meetings with your employer and agreed on the language in a Letter of Understanding to reflect the intent of the current contract language. Full-time nurses who have been paying insurance premiums for themselves only will be reimbursed for the amount that has been taken out since Jan. 1. The cost for family and spouse actually went down as of Jan. 1 and is not affected by this LOU.

Please be sure to thank those who participated in the discussions with management regarding this issue: Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell, Elizabeth Martinez and Lovella Flores.

If you have any questions regarding the Letter of Understanding please feel free to contact Carmen Garrison at or any of the officers.

Your contract negotiations survey is now online!

The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires Oct. 22, 2018. This survey is our first step in our preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical to determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of the negotiations.

Take a moment to complete this survey now. The power of representation comes from the willingness of registered nurses to unite; our strength is in unity! Remember in order for WSNA to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the negotiation table, we need your membership and involvement. Please provide us with your current contact information. WSNA and your negotiating team members do not share this information with anyone. It is only collected so that we may contact you if we have questions and so we may share important information with you regarding current negotiations and issues.

Please have all surveys completed by Aug. 24, 2018.

Your voice will be heard, your input is valuable!

There is no strength, without UNITY! WE ARE ONE!

Questions? Call WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick MBA, BSN, RN at 1-206-858-2139.

Your new nurse representative

At our local unit meeting last week, I announced that Jayson Dick will be your new nurse representative as of June 1.

It has been a pleasure to be your nurse rep for the past 12 years. This was a very difficult decision to make and you will all have a special place in my heart. I’ve always had a good working relationship with you all and your current officers are very dedicated. I will truly miss working with you.

I will finish any business I am currently working on at Astria Sunnyside including insurance rates for full time employees, super users, subject matter experts letter of understandings and any current grievances filed by me. Moving forward, Jayson will be working closely with the officers and with you for this year's negotiations. He will also attend Nurse Practice/Conference Committee. Going forward, please direct your questions/concerns to him.

You are in very capable hands with WSNA Nurse Rep Jayson Dick. You can contact him at or call/text his cell at (206) 858-2139.

Wishing you all the very best and thank you for working with me.


Carmen S. Garrison, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

Local Unit Meeting

Come join the fun and get your Nurses Week gift from WSNA.

When: May 23rd
Time: 17:00-20:00
Location: Classroom at Astria Sunnyside Hospital

We’re looking forward to hearing your issues and plans for negotiations

Upcoming Event

Union Leadership Summit
June 10-11, 2018
Campbell’s Resort
104 W. Woodin Ave., Chelan, WA 98816
Networking social on Sunday, 6-8:30 p.m. and CNE on Monday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
more info

WSNA members can use local unit funds to attend. If you want to go to the summit in Chelan, you need to register soon.