On Friday, July 9, we experi­enced a massive turnout of RNs to vote on the ratifi­ca­tion of our Collec­tive Bargaining Agree­ment between UWMC Montlake and Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion for the period of July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2023.

This vote passed by an overwhelming majority. Despite the attrac­tive economic package, the vote was not unanimous.

Thanks to all nurses who kept each other engaged, informed, and wearing WSNA blue on their units. Manage­ment indicated that they knew they were negoti­ating with the entire bargaining unit, not just those at the table. Now is the time to build on this engage­ment. If you are Unit Rep curious or want to learn about how ways to develop your bargaining power, contact WSNA Nurse Organizer Will Nesper 206 – 713-2443, wnesper@wsna.org.

I want to extend a huge thanks to all of the RNs that offered their voices and perspec­tives on all of the issues. I also want to thank the dedicated bargaining team consisting of your RN colleagues that spent hundreds of hours securing a fair and just contract for RNs at UWMC.

Your WSNA Bargaining Team: Teresa Wren, MIC ~ Doug Harper, NICU ~ Alexandra Mariani, 7NE ~ Mike Crandall, OR ~ Charles James, PACU ~ Erika Speck­hardt, 5SA ~ Chris Jakubowski, Cardiac Proce­dures ~ Kaitlyn McDow, 5E

If you know or run into any of these folks, please thank them for their time and dedica­tion holding Manage­ment account­able to keeping UWMC a great place to work.

In Solidarity,

Ed Zercher BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org or WSNA Nurse Organizer Will Nesper at wnesper@wsna.org.