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, email@example.com.
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.
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.