order to bargain the impact of changes related to the upcoming
integration between UWMC and NW hospitals, the UWMC and NWH team of WSNA
RNs met with leadership/management yet again on Friday, Feb. 8.
WSNA offered UW leadership a comprehensive proposal at our last session with very little agreement from management on those proposals. Management offered a counter but it was not acceptable. We began this session with a counterproposal that showed movement but maintains the priorities identified by the nurses.
Due to the threat of inclement weather, the negotiations ended earlier than usual. Management was not prepared to give us a substantive response. We plan to meet again on Friday, Feb. 22.
WSNA team is attempting to mitigate potential concessions for NW
Hospital RNs. As a result of NW becoming a state institution, we
RNs may potentially be negatively impacted by mandatory and hospital
anticipated changes that are coming.
As stated in a previous update, those changes continue to include:
- Changes in vacation and holidays;
- Changes in medical benefits;
- Changes in retirement benefits;
WSNA is also working to include the items below into our discussions:
- Protection for Reserve and Per Diem RNs, such as union representation and basic rights
- Wage increases for both UWMC and NWH RNs;
Plan for ACTION:
We are continuing our plan for informational meetings and surveys. If you've moved recently, download and send us a change of information form to make sure we have your most up-to-date information
Your WSNA Negotiation Team:
Anita Stull, RN -UWMC; Tiffany Guyette, RN- NW Hospital; Harry James,
RN- UWMC; John Brown, RN- NW Hospital; Teresa Wren, RN- UWMC; Tom
Booze, RN- NW Hospital; Ed Zercher, BSN, RN; WSNA Nurse Rep; Terri
Williams, MS, RN – WSNA Nurse Rep; and Dave Campbell,
WSNA Special Counsel.
Questions? Contact a negotiation team member, WSNA Nurse Rep Ed Zercher at
firstname.lastname@example.org or WSNA Nurse Rep Terri Williams at