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Contract Update: WSNA and UWMC reach a Tentative Agreement

WSNA has reached a tentative agreement at UWMC Montlake for the contract starting July 1, 2023 and ending June 30, 2025.

Your team of registered nurses is excited to share this great achievement for RNs working at UWMC! Your voices were heard, and we focused on wages as the #1 priority.

Unlike traditional bargaining, WSNA made no concessions (no takeaways!) for the contract beginning July 1, 2023. Everything we achieved represented an improvement to the existing contract.

Your team achieved a wage package that includes a 4% wage increase January 1, 2023, 9% July 1, 2023 and another 3% July 1, 2024. Along with the 5% wage increase from August 1 of this year, that is a whopping 21% for all nurses. On top of that, we have also agreed to an additional 2% raise for all RNs on steps 1-5 of the wage scale so as to attract and retain new grads and younger RNs to UWMC.

We also achieved:

  • An expanded definition of Preceptor Pay, an extra dollar and hour for the Resource Team (Float RNs) (to match NW) along with a documented Resource RN premium for NICU.
  • Immediate pay for movement to a higher paid position (this removes the previous 5 day waiting period)
  • An increase in standby premium from $4.25/hr to $7/hr!
  • An expanded definition of Preceptor pay to include receiving the premium for precepting Travelers and Senior Students fulfilling their practicum
  • A new Double Time Incentive Shift MOU that begins October 1, 2022

We will post a copy of the red line on October 17 so that you can review prior to the vote.

Remember that you can only vote if you are a member in good standing (dues paying member with all rights and benefits) so if you are not currently a member in good standing, contact WSNA Organizer Will Nesper at wnesper@wsna.org for questions about membership.

Here is a direct link to the membership application you can fill out online:

Membership application - WSNA

Vote date: Wednesday October 19

  • 0600 – 0830 Cafeteria Confer­ence Room A and B
  • 1400 – 1630 Cafeteria Confer­ence Room A and B
  • 1800 – 2030 Location to be determined

We are also working on times and rooms for votes at Roosevelt Clinics and Eastside Specialty Clinics.

Congrats to everyone who worked countless hours to make these negotiations an amazing success. The bargaining team thanks the BU for their support and engagement during negotiations. By stickering up, wearing your WSNA swag, and having frequent discussions on your unit, you showed management they were not only bargaining with the team but with the entire bargaining unit!

Your bargaining team recommends a “YES” vote!

Your 2022 bargaining team members,
Teresa Wren- Labor and Delivery
Chris Jakubowski- Cardiovascular Procedures
Jan Bower- Operating Room
Doug Harper- Neonatal Intensive Care
Erika Speckhardt- 5SA
Lizzy Ryden- Emergency Dept
Bri Leenders- Emergency Dept

For additional questions, please contact your WSNA bargaining team members, WSNA Nurse Representative Ed Zercher at ezercher@wsna.org or WSNA Nurse Organizer Will Nesper at wnesper@wsna.org.

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Document unsafe conditions

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.

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Representation rights

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.