Contract Update: WSNA and UWMC reach a Tentative Agreement

Vote date: Wednesday, October 19

  • 0600-0830 Café Plaza A&B
  • 1030-1130 Roosevelt Clinics 4245 Roosevelt Room E32 A&B
  • 1230-1330 Eastside Specialty Clinics 2nd Floor Break Room
  • 1400-1630 Café Plaza A&B
  • 1800-2030 BB-389

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
  • Removal of MOU requiring mandatory Standby in the Emergency Department
  • Capture of a NICU Resource RN of $1.50/hour effective immediately

We have posted a copy of the red line on October 17 so that you can review prior to the vote. See the link in the document bar above.

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

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.