Astria Sunnyside Hospital

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 wsna.org/ADO. For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN at cgarrrison@wsna.org 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, cgarrison@wsna.org.

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 cgarrison@wsna.org 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 cgarrison@wsna.org 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 jayson.dick@wsna.org 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.

Introducing your new WSNA officers!

Please congratulate the following nurses who have consented to serve as your local unit officers:
Lovella Flores
Marisela Aguilar
Cheryl Bofman
Janice Schell
Lori Riojas
Elizabeth Martinez

Please show your support and thank your new local unit officers for their commitment and dedication.

Job commitment when transferring within the hospital

Have you been asked to sign a contract with SCH agreeing to stay in the new position for 2-5 years? If so, this is a violation of the NLRB. It is “Individual bargaining”. We sent Elaina Wagner, HR a cease and desist letter. If this has happened to you, please let Carmen Garrison, your WSNA Nurse Representative, know or contact one of your Local Unit Officers. If they continue this practice, we will file a grievance.

Article 1.1 states that “The Hospital recognizes the Association as the representative for all registered nurses employed in the Hospital as Resident Nurses and Staff Nurses, excluding supervisory employees as defined in the National Labor Relations Act, administrative or managerial employees, and all other employees.”

This is a mandatory subject of bargaining and they would have to negotiate this with WSNA. Do not sign any contracts with the hospital. If you are asked to do so, please contact Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org immediately.

Local Unit News

We recently settled a grievance regarding Mandatory Low Census/On Call. In this case, the staff RN was sent home and the traveling RN stayed. This was a violation to the current contract. We prevailed in the grievance and the hospital did the right thing. The staff RN was awarded 12 hours into her vacation bank.

Travelers are to be included in the LC/OC rotation per article 6.1: Subject to skill, competency, ability, and availability, agency nurses and per diem nurses shall be released from work prior to implementing mandatory low census. A traveling nurse who is employed on a contract basis for a defined period of weeks shall participate in the rotation of low census with other full-time and part-time employees. Subject to patient care considerations, traveling nurses shall also participate equitably in floating assignments.

We want to check in with you. Please help us out by completing the survey by March 31, 2017.

Click here to take the survey!

Convention 2017

Don't miss the upcoming Washington State Nurses Convention May 3-5! At Convention, we’ll be diving deep into one the top issues for registered nurses today: Creating a Culture of Safety. Register today for early bird pricing and hotel discounts (through March 30). Some local units are sponsoring attendance at Convention. Check with your local unit officers.

Great turnout last night to the Local Unit Meetings

We had some great dialogue about vacation denials, ADOs, staffing, low census, rest breaks, and lunch breaks.

We need you to be diligent in filling out ADOs. If you are feeling retaliated against for completing these forms, we need to know about it right away.

Make copies for your supervisor, your Local Unit Officer, and yourself.

If you have any questions, please contact your LU officers or your Nurse Rep Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Local Unit Meeting - Apr 14th

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Classroom at SCH

Plan to attend one of the sessions. We’ll be talking about:

  • Vacation Denials,
  • Staffing and Staffing Committee,
  • Low Census,
  • Breaks, and
  • ADOs

We want to hear from you about work related issues.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Local Unit officers or your WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Contract Vote - We have a contract!

After a full year of negotiations we are happy to report that we have ratified our contract. Once the contract is signed by all parties, it will be available online at your Local Unit Website at wsna.org.

You can thank your negotiating team and all the members who voted on this contract for all the protection you have including wages, benefits, and the signing bonus. If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Congratulations and in Solidarity,
Your Negotiating Team

Contract Ratification Vote

Friday, October 2, 2015, we reached a tentative agreement with the hospital. We are scheduled for a vote on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

We’ll have a summary of the changes as well as copies of the redline version for review at the vote.
Your team worked very hard. As you know, we had 19 sessions over the past year. Management came to the table with very aggressive proposals attempting to almost completely rewrite what has been a very longstanding contract between WSNA and SCH (since 1991). Their original proposals would have meant many take-aways for the RNs at SCH.

At the end of the day, late Friday evening, we were able to reach a tentative agreement that we are pleased to put to our members for a vote.

Voting sessions will be in the Administrative Conference Room at the hospital:
Thursday, October 22, 2015
Ballots will be counted at 7:30PM

Your negotiating team did not get paid for any of their time at the table. Make sure you let them know how much you appreciate their hard work and dedication. Janice Schell, Cheryl Bofman, Anne Pasicaran, and Marisol Rojas.

Join us in the Cafeteria

As you know, we are almost 1 year out from contract expiration. We currently have an extension of the expired contract.

We have had 16 sessions. We are now in Mediation. Our last session was August 20, 2015. We have confirmed dates for our next session, October 1 and 2. Your team is working very hard to reach a Fair Contract for all.

We have reached some tentative agreements on many articles of the contract. There has been movement on both sides but there is still more work to be done before WSNA is ready to put a contract out for a vote by our members.

Your local WSNA leaders have volunteered their time to negotiate a contract for all. Management is not paying them for their time at the table. We recently surveyed our members and appreciate the feedback from all of you.

We will be in the Cafeteria at the hospital on:

Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Friday, September 25, 2015

Stop by during any of these times. We are looking forward to meeting with you!

Wear WSNA Blue for Blue Fridays! Show your support for your team’s hard work.

Negotiations Update

We have had 16 sessions with management and, to date, have not reached a settlement. We are going to mediated negotiations on August 20, 2015.

While we have had some movement on proposals, we are still far apart on wages. Your team members will be contacting you prior to our next session. Please cooperate with the survey as we need input from you. This should only take a few minutes of your time.

Did you know we are on Facebook? Go to Sunnyside RNs Care for Us and “like” the page. Invite your friends, family, and neighbors to do the same.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell, Anne Pasicaran, or your WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org.

Stand United and in Solidarity!

Calling All RNs in Central Washington: Join us for Free Continuing Education!

Advocating for a Healthy Lifestyle: Stress Management for Nurses on the Go!
3 Free Contact Hours
Karen Bowman, LHT MN, RN, COHN-S
WSNA Occupational and Environmental Health Specialist

Wednesday, August 12, 2015 4-7 pm
St. Elizabeth’s Auditorium @ Yakima Regional Medical & Cardiac Center
110 S 9th Ave, Yakima, WA 98902

Right to Work
What does that mean in my job?
2 Free Contact Hours
John Boyle
Labor Educator - WA State Labor Education & Research Center

Tuesday, August 25, 2015 5-7 PM
Yakima Fire Department #95, 807 Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima WA, 98901

RSVP Today!
Light dinner will be provided.
Call WSNA at 1.800.231.8482 Ext 0
Or Email wsna@wsna.org

Please give your Name, Home Email Address and tell us which class you’d like to attend: Stress Management, Right to Work or Both!

Local Unit Meetings - June 30th

As you know, we continue to negotiate for a fair contract. This is important to you and your future at SCH. Plan to attend one of the two Local Unit meetings scheduled for June 30 at the Sunnyside Fire Department.

June 30, 2015

Continue to support your team members: Janice Schell, Marisol Rojas, Rovianne Pasicaran, Danielle Palacios, and Cheryl Bofman. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them or your Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison (206-491-9424 or cgarrison@wsna.org).

Local Unit Meeting - April 7th

Local Unit Meeting

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Sunnyside Fire Department

We continue to meet with management and have made some progress in negotiations but the tough issues are still unsettled. The major issues are the employer’s proposals regarding wages and benefits for part-time employees. We have proposed staffing language for patient safety. If you want to know what is going on and how you can get involved, plan on attending the Local Unit Meeting!

Do you have a bumper sticker?

Contact Cheryl Bofman, Janice Schell, Danielle Palacios, Anne Pasicaran, Marisol Rojas, Sarah Mora, or Tomi Liefke to get your magnetic bumper sticker.

Do you have a yard sign? If you live in Sunnyside, please contact Danielle, Anne, or Cheryl for a yard sign.

Are you on Facebook? Please go to Sunnyside RNs Care For Us and like the page. Encourage your friends and family to like the page and share their support!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact your Local Unit officers or your WSNA Nurse Representative, Carmen Garrison, cgarrison@wsna.org, also on Facebook – Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN

Local Unit Meeting Notice

Monday, March 9, 2015

Sunnyside Fire Department, 513 S. 8th St.

Plan to attend one of these important meetings. We will discuss
managements’ proposals including proposed reductions in wages. Continue to wear your WSNA buttons, arm bands, and go BLUE!

Bumper magnets are now available
. Contact one of your Local Unit Officers: Janice A. Schell, Cheryl L. Bofman, Tomi L. Liefke, Sarah E. Mora, Marisol Rojas, Rovianne C. Pasicaran, and Danielle A. Palacios.

Support Sunnyside Nurses!

Negotiations Update

Next Local Unit Meeting

It is very important that everyone plan on attending the next very important Local Unit meeting:
Thursday, January 22, 2015
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Administrative Conference Room (at the hospital)

Now is the time to have a unified voice in solidarity. Wear your WSNA buttons and WSNA blue wristbands. If you want to know about what is going on in negotiations and what more you can do, you must come to the meeting on January 22.

Show your support for your team: Janice Schell and Cheryl Bofman.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them or your Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at 206-491-9424 or cgarrison@wsna.org.

Local Unit Meeting

We had our sixth day of negotiations December 2, 2014. The process continues to be slow. For an update and information on what you can do, plan to attend a Local Unit meeting:

Monday, December 8, 2014
Admin. Conference Room
At Sunnyside Community Hospital

Remember to wear your blue wrist bands and WSNA pull lanyards. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Schell, Cheryl Bofman or your WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at cgarrison@wsna.org or 206-491-9424.

WSNA: Your Union and More!

Negotiations Update

We have had 5 sessions with management. Our next session is scheduled for Dec. 2, 2014.

If it is important to you to maintain benefits that under management’s current proposal would have significant impact on your working conditions and financial security, plan on attending a very important Local Unit meeting.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Class Room (at the hospital)

Now is the time to have a unified voice in solidarity.

Show your support for your team: Janice Schell and Cheryl Bofman
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact them or your Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison (206-491-9424 or cgarrison@wsna.org).