Providence VNA Home Health

WSNA nurse representative change

Dear WSNA nurses,

WSNA Nurse Rep Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN will be WSNA/Providence VNA Home Health's representative beginning Nov. 1. Jaclyn comes with experience and years of practice. I know you will all welcome her and together, you will continue to make positive changes for Providence VNA nurses!

I look forward to continuing the unity at other WSNA facilities, and I stand with you in solidarity – always.

Jaclyn can be reached at jperkins@wsna.org or at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118.

In solidarity,

Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep

Your contract has been ratified!

Please thank your negotiating team for volunteering their time and doing such a great job. Some major wins in the new contract are wage, premium and education increases!

Your new contract will be posted in the Contracts & Documents tab in the near future.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer, RN at 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3112 or at dbessmer@wsna.org.

News alert: WSNA has been busy in Spokane!

Quote of the quarter

​“To be free, the workers must have choice. To have choice they must retain in their own hands the right to determine under what conditions they will work.”
– Samuel Gompers, "The Worker and the Eight-hour Workday," American Federationist: Official Magazine of the American Federation of Labor
In this issue:
  1. Officer of the Quarter
  2. Spokane Leadership Summit
  3. Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane you are a member of the Spokane Alliance?
  4. Negotiation updates
  5. We are on Facebook! Upcoming events

Officer of the Quarter: Stevie Krone, RN, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Local Unit Co-Chair


“My name is Stevie Lynne Krone. I am a Registered Nurse at Sacred Heart Medical Center and the current WSNA Co-Chair representing the nurses in the SHMC/WSNA bargaining unit. I have been a member of WSNA for over five years and have been an energetic participant in my local unit activities including pickets, walks and petitions. I am now serving my first term in office as we head into contract negotiations for 2018, utilizing both voice and action from my experience working alongside a powerful and strong brigade of nurses. I have practiced on nearly all the units of my hospital as a Float Pool nurse and now I can dedicate more time in supporting my occupational brothers and sisters as a supplemental on the Cardiac Medical Unit.

I have also utilized my skills as a music artist to benefit and promote a sense of unity, especially with the release of my song “We Are the People.”

It is my passion to serve my community with wholesome medical care as well as focus my allegiance to protect and promote the safety of the nurses that serve beside me.”

If you are a local unit rep or a local unit officer, please contact jperkins@wsna.org to be featured in the next regional newsletter. We are constantly looking for leaders to feature!

Spokane Leadership Summit, success!


Thanks to those of you who attended the Spokane Leadership Summit on April 14, 2018, at the Red Lion. Not only was it a great opportunity to network with fellow nurses in your area, all nurses walked away with 6 CNEs. Nurses from Sacred Heart, Holy Family, Spokane Veterans Home, Spokane Regional Health District and St. Luke’s Rehab were all there. Topics that were covered: Janus vs AFSME, workplace violence and the new Staffing Law.

Thank you for your participation!

In case you missed it, there are more Summits to come! Go to www.wsna.org/union/leadership to find out more. Registration incentives are being offered by the WSNA cabinet including a $50 reimbursement credit for one night’s stay. The next Summit is at Campbell’s Resort on Lake Chelan on Sept. 30-Oct. 1. Registration is open now

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Did you know by being a WSNA represented nurse in Spokane, you’re a member of the Spokane Alliance?


Spokane Alliance is a group of nonpartisan, proactive, everyday citizens dedicated to making Spokane a better place for all to live and thrive. You’ll find them working for change in churches and classrooms, in living rooms and union halls, in City Hall and in Olympia.

For more than 10 years, Spokane Alliance has worked to improve public transportation, increase job opportunities and green building requirements among other issues. They are a non-profit supported by the dues of our member organizations, individuals and foundations. The Alliance is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation, a coalition of like-minded organizations in cities across the United States, the UK, Germany, Canada and Australia.

At Spokane Alliance, they believe that by working together we have the power to change our communities for the better. And they do more than just sign petitions and protest; together, they take action. If you’re interested in helping with the Spokane Alliance as a WSNA nurse, please contact jperkins@wsna.org. WSNA is actively partnering to create opportunities to help improve the community through access to medical care for patients. Visit iafnw.org/spokanealliance to find out more about what is currently being worked on. We can direct you on how you can help!

Negotiation updates

Lots of work is being done by your WSNA staff and officers in the region. Get the bigger scoop:

  • St. Luke’s Rehab – 7 sessions complete. Lots of issues still on the table and we are disappointed at the amount of progress. There are still a lot of items to work through including wages, benefits, staffing, rest breaks and layoff language. Next day to bargain is Sept. 7. The negotiating team of nurses is: Fran Castillo (CVA), Linda Spurgeon (CVA) and Jonelle Polley (Infection Control RN).
  • Spokane Regional Health District – currently gathering a team of nurses and prepping the contract. Surveys are complete. First day of negotiations is Sept. 6. Negotiating team of nurses is: Jan Yoder, RN, Melissa Charbonneau, RN, Amy Cross, RN and Deborah Taylor, RN.
  • Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center – preparations and bargaining will begin fall of 2018. The negotiating team members are: Stevie Lynn Krone (9N), KT Raley-Jones (CICU), Clint Wallace (ICU), LaDonna Reel (MB), Nonie Kingma (AGPU), Debbie Cameron (5S), Linda Clanton (IV Therapy), David Emerson (7N), Darryl Johnson (Cath Lab), Lee Ayres (PACU), Abigail Berry (OR), Vicki Benson (Radiology) and Inga Matheson (CICU).
  • Providence Holy Family Hospital – recent grievance settlement for vacation/sick accrual for FT 12-hour nurses.
  • Pullman Regional Health District – organizing local unit reps for each unit.
  • Providence Visiting Nurses Association – a Tentative Agreement has been reached. Vote is upcoming.

Have you found us on Facebook?

Some of the WSNA local units in Spokane have Facebook pages which are kept up to date on happenings in labor, or within the local unit. Please take the time to “like” them and check them out! This is a great way to show solidarity for your labor brothers and sisters within your region.

Upcoming events

WSNA Coug Football Night – save the date!

The Washington State University Cougars take on the Eastern Washington University Eagles on Sept. 15! WSNA nurses will receive a discounted rate on tickets, don’t miss out.


2019 Washington State Nurses Convention

Come join us on May 1-3, 2019 for Washington’s only statewide convention dedicated to nurses and the issues we face. We are focused on transforming health care through the power of nursing.

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We have a tentative agreement on a contract!

We are happy to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on a contract! Your bargaining team recommends this contract for ratification.


Wage Increases:

First paycheck following ratification – 2%; 6/1/2019 – 2%; 6/1/2020 – 2%.

PVNA had argued that wage increases should be reduced in light of the wage steps in our contract. The bargaining team rejected this argument and achieved wage increases that are on par with increases won by nurses in other facilities around the state.

New Premiums/Premium Increases:

(New) Preceptor premium – $1/hour for time assigned to work as a preceptor of newly hired nurses.

Charge Nurse premium – Increase from $1.25/hour to $1.50/hour.

Work on day off – Increase the incentive for part time nurses from $25 to $35.
0.9 FTE nurses and up will continue to receive time and a half.

Education Allowance:

Increase from $225 per year to $250 per year.

Weekend back-up/On call:

The new contract eliminates the weekend back-up language.

The bargaining team proposed an increase to on call pay. While we were unable to achieve the increase, PVNA has informed us that they are exploring options to contract out this work so PVNA nurses will no longer have to be on call.

Equal Employment Opportunity:

Added gender to the list of protected classifications.

Paid and Unpaid Leave:

PVNA proposed language that would have negatively affected our access to leaves of absence due to illness or injury. The bargaining team resisted these proposals and PVNA withdrew its proposals. There will be no changes to the leave language in the new contract.

Your Negotiation Team: Donni Heidenson, Carolyn Chandler, Brenda Willoughby

Contract Ratification Vote

Date: Aug. 16, 2018

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: PVNA Lyons Library

You must be a WSNA Member in good standing to vote on the contract.


For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer at dbessmer@wsna.org.

Negotiation update

We had our 5th day of negotiations on July 26, 2018 and after many hours and hard work from your negotiating team, we are eager to tell you that we have a tentative agreement.

Please thank your WSNA negotiation team for all their hard work, hours and dedication.

We are now in the process of reviewing language and getting the contract finalized. We will get a summary of the changes out to all of you as soon as we can. Thank you for all your support and unity during these negotiations.

Come vote on your contract! Your WSNA negotiation team and attorney will be present to review the changes and answer any questions.

Contract Ratification Vote

Date: Aug. 16, 2018
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Place: PVNA Lyons Library

Must be a member in good standing to vote.

For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Debi Bessmer at dbessmer@wsna.org.

Negotiation update

Your negotiation team had its fourth day of bargaining with management on July 9. We received management's full proposal and have two more negotiation dates set for July 26 and 30.

Join us at our next local unit meeting to hear details about negotiations. Our fight for better wages and leaves of absences continues!

When: July 23, 2018
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: FrankieDoodles Restaurant (30 E. 3rd Ave, Spokane WA)

RSVP to WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112 or dbessmer@wsna.org.

Your negotiation team:
Donni Heidenson, Brenda Willoughby and Carolyn Chandler

Negotiation update

  • We have had another day of negotiations on June 4, 2018.
  • We have continued to work on non-economic issues and have come to a few more agreements.
  • We are still waiting for management’s economic proposals and really hope to have them at our next session.
  • Our next negotiation session is scheduled for July 9, 2018.

Thank you for your continued support,

Your Negotiation Team: Donni Heidenson, Carolyn Chandler and Brenda Willoughby

Negotiation update

  • Your negotiation team had its first day of bargaining with management on April 30.
  • We have given our full initial proposal and are anticipating managements responses and proposals at the next dates.    
  • We have two more negotiation dates set for May 29 and June 4. 
  • Your team is ready to work hard on improving our contract. 
  • Please keep an eye out and be prepared to attend future meetings and actions.

Your negotiation team members are; Donni Heidenson, Brenda Willoughby and Carolyn Chandler.