Walla Walla Veterans Home

Labor Management update

On Oct. 30, our Labor Management Committee met with management and discussed several issues. We believe we were able to have productive conversations that will be helpful for both parties involved.

Topics discussed were:

  1. Payroll issues – Nurses having to sign off if a CNA was present or not.
    It was decided that nurses are to only sign off on what they see/witness. There will be no retaliation for this. Both parties do not want nurses to falsify any documentation.
  2. Part-time nurses have to document when they leave and return for lunch on their timecards, but full-time nurses do not
    It was communicated to us that this is a timecard issue that applies to all VA’s. There is simply no way around it according to management.
  3. Mandatory Ed Day – Nurses need to have this scheduled into their schedule. They otherwise are not able to get it done due to workload demands.
    Management as told us, if nurses are not able to get the requirements done while at work, to communicate this to the DNS and time will be arranged for help with this.
  4. Training on workplace violence – How is this done?
    There is no formal training as of yet, but management was very receptive to pursuing this in the future.

    Please contact a Labor Management Committee member for more details about the meeting: Dana Bertran, RN and Renee Clark, RN.

    There is still one more open space for a nurse to sit on the Labor Management Committee. If you are interested, please let one of your WSNA local unit officers know!

    The next Labor Management meeting will be on Jan. 31, 2019 at 11 a.m.

    WSNA nurse representative change

    Dear WSNA nurses,

    WSNA Nurse Rep Debi Bessmer, BSN, RN will be the WSNA/Walla Walla Veterans Home Representative beginning Nov. 1. Debi comes with experience and years of practice. We know you will all welcome her and together, you will continue to make positive changes for Walla Walla nurses!

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

    Debi can be reached at dbessmer@wsna.org or at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3112.

    Go team,

    Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN
    WSNA Nurse Rep

    Your 2019-2021 Coalition CBA has been ratified!

    The 2019-2021 Coalition Contract has been ratified by your bargaining units and the rest of the Coalition.

    The Association would like to thank everyone who attended the vote. The Governor now has the 2019-2021 Coalition Contract for his review. After his review, the Governor will then present your Contract to the Legislature and the decision to implement will be decided during the 2019 Legislative Session. Any updates and Association asks will be sent through WSNA electronic or USPS mailings and posted on your local unit webpage. So please keep current and be prepared to act.

    Are you not receiving Association communications? Please contact the Association at membership@wsna.org or call 1 (800) 231-8482 to add or update your contact information.

      Thanks to those who voted! Congratulations to all!

      WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN, 1 800 231-8482, ext. 3118, jperkins@wsna.org

      It’s time to vote!

      We have a Tentative Contract Agreement and a Tentative Benefits Agreement!

      The Coalition Negotiating Teams has succeeded in getting a Tentative Contract Agreement and Tentative Benefits Agreement with the State of Washington. The coalition negotiating team worked extremely hard in negotiating these Tentative Agreements and are recommending a YES vote on both the Contract and the Benefits Agreements. Please come and vote. The extended/redline version of the WSNA/State of Washington Tentative Agreements will be available for you to review during voting hours.

      When: Sept. 25, 2018
      Time: Noon to 1 p.m.
      Where: Community classroom

      Only members in good standing are eligible to vote.

      Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3118. or at jperkins@wsna.org.

      Contract and healthcare negotiations update

      On Aug. 22 and Aug. 29, our Coalition met with the State for contract negotiations and we reached some additional noneconomic tentative agreements. Regarding economics, the State has made some economic-related proposals but is not ready to respond to all which is extremely frustrating. We have told the State that since we only have two scheduled negotiating sessions left that they need to give us their total package at our next contract negotiations on Sept. 5.

      For healthcare negotiations, the Coalition of Unions and the State met on Aug. 3 and we gave them our proposal. We reached one tentative agreement, but the State was not prepared to address our premium cost share proposal. The next healthcare benefits negotiating session was to be on Aug. 10, but the State canceled at the last minute. Our next healthcare negotiation is on Sept.7. Stay tuned!

      Please frequent this page for possible updated communications.

      If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

      Contract negotiations and health benefits bargaining updates

      Contract negotiations

      The State and the Coalition have met four more times for contract negotiations and we have made progress in reaching some tentative agreements. At our last meeting on July 25, each coalition group met individually with the State’s lead negotiator, each Agency’s management representative and representatives from the Office of Financial Management to discuss individual economic proposals. Hopefully at our next scheduled contract negotiations on Aug. 22, the State will be ready with their response to these economic proposals. Stay tuned!

      For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

      Health benefits bargaining to begin

      The State and the Coalition of Unions Health Benefits bargaining is to begin on Aug. 3. This session will be at the South Sound Manor (455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501). The Coalition of Unions will pre-meet in the McElroy room from 8:30 – 11 a.m. and bargaining with the State will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the same room.

      The second bargaining session will be Aug. 10, 2018. Location is still to be determined.

      Please frequent the local unit webpage for updates and meeting locations.

      Your voice is needed at this bargaining table. If you are interested in being part of this bargaining, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

      Join your colleagues for a local unit meeting

      Get updated on our current meal breaks grievance and hear about what's going on at the negotiation table for our new contract.

      When: Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 1:30 to 3 p.m.
      Where: Community Center Classroom

      We'll also be talking about other current grievances and upcoming events at this meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, bring them! We want to see and hear from you.

      Questions? Contact our WSNA nurse representative, Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN, at jperkins@wsna.org.

      Come Join Your Officers For A Wsna Local Unit Meeting

      Contract negotiations update

      The May 23, 2018 contract negotiations were cancelled due to the State needing more time to ready their proposals. Our next contract negotiations date is June 20 and 21. Stay tuned!

      Please frequent the WSNA/Walla Walla Veterans Home Local Unit webpage for possible updated communications.

      If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482 ext. 3118 or at jperkins@wsna.org.

      Contract negotiations update

      The first day of the 2019-2021 contract negotiations is complete! On May 9, 2018, we presented and explained our coalition contract proposals to management.  

      Our next contract negotiation date is: May 23, 2018. 

      Stay tuned!

      Please frequent the WSNA/Walla Walla Veterans Home Local Unit webpage for possible updated communications. If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Jaclyn Perkins at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3118 or jperkins@wsna.org.

      National Nurses Week is around the corner!

      Thank our nurses!

      National Nurses Week is around the corner.

      Note: new location and date. WSNA will be at your facility May 7 from 1- 3 p.m. in the Hudson House.

      Stop by for your thank you gift!

      Courtesy of your local unit officers: Chair: Dana Bertran, Secretary: Krisann Bienvenu and Treasurer: Holly Daggett

      Walla Walla Nurses Week 2018

      The results are in...

      Wwva Officer Announcement

      Congratulations to the following nurses, who have been elected by you, the bargaining unit of nurses, to serve as your local unit officers!

      Please take the time to say “thank you” when you see them!

      WSNA Local Unit Chair - Dana Bertran

      WSNA Local Unit Secretary - Krisann Bienvenu

      WSNA Local Unit Treasurer - Holly Dagget

      VEBA MOU signed!

      In the Contracts & Documents section you will find a copy of the most recently ratified MOU in regards to VEBA. This MOU was voted in, by you, the bargaining unit, in Dec. 2017. Please file this MOU, along with your contract, for safe keeping and referencing in the future.


      In solidarity,

      Jaclyn Perkins, BSN, RN

      WSNA Nurse Representative/Organizer

      jperkins@wsna.org, 1-800-231-8482