ULP Complaint

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:

  1. Inter­fering with nurses’ ability to join or partic­i­pate in union activ­i­ties, choose union repre­sen­ta­tion, and group efforts for the benefit of protection.
  2. Inter­fering, coercing, or restraining nurses from exercising their protected rights.
  3. Monitoring, or appearing to monitor, nurses engaged in Union activity, such as private groups or Facebook posts.
  4. Inter­fering with nurses’ ability to discuss wages, hours, working condi­tions with peers, or hold Union leader­ship positions.
  5. Threat­ening or inves­ti­gating nurses for discussing wages, hours, working condi­tions with peers, or hold Union leader­ship positions.
  6. Instructing or pressuring nurses to stop Union involve­ment, including holding Union leader­ship positions.
  7. 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.

DOSH Complaint

We have also heard great news regarding our DOSH inves­ti­ga­tion into Tacoma General.

TG has been cited with:

  1. A serious offense for not providing proper respi­ra­tors, as well as;
  2. 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.

IPP Concerns

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 bbalogh@wsna.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 bbalogh@wsna.org.