Earlier this week, WSNA and Tacoma General settled the Unfair Labor Practice complaint we submitted to Region 19 National Labor Relations Board. Together, we stood up to ongoing attacks on the rights of our nurses. As a result of our perseverance and willingness of many fearless union nurses willing to speak against the insulting and horrendous actions of hospital administration, we have a victory for which we can be proud! This settlement includes TG’s agreement to refrain from the following actions cited in the original complaint:
Interfering with nurses’ ability to join or participate in union activities, choose union representation, and group efforts for the benefit of protection.
Interfering, coercing, or restraining nurses from exercising their protected rights.
Monitoring, or appearing to monitor, nurses engaged in Union activity, such as private groups or Facebook posts.
Interfering with nurses’ ability to discuss wages, hours, working conditions with peers, or hold Union leadership positions.
Threatening or investigating nurses for discussing wages, hours, working conditions with peers, or hold Union leadership positions.
Instructing or pressuring nurses to stop Union involvement, including holding Union leadership positions.
Polling co-workers for a grievance information against nurses who engage in protected Union activity.
Please see your email for the complete report. Tacoma General has agreed to email it to bargaining unit nurses as a part of the settlement.
This is very exciting news for nurses because many have expressed fear of retaliation from TG Management. Your Union activities are protected and we need to hear all voices to build a better work environment at TG.
We have also heard great news regarding our DOSH investigation into Tacoma General.
TG has been cited with:
A serious offense for not providing proper respirators, as well as;
A repeated serious offense for not providing barriers or methods for social distancing.
DOSH has confirmed that these will result in financial penalties, although the fine has not yet been determined.
TG has been instructed to post the full report in break rooms, so you may view the report there.
We have heard a number of concerns related to IPP and changes to the way this is being paid. We have a current grievance regarding IPP and would like to hear from all nurses affected by these changes.
If you have worked an IPP shift but have been told that you are ineligible for IPP pay, please contact Brenda Balogh as soon as possible at firstname.lastname@example.org
We can determine if you are eligible to be named as a grievant. In many cases this is due to receiving a premium for the same hours as the IPP.
Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Brenda Balogh at email@example.com.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.