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WSNA Nurses Unite for Safe Staffing!
Nurses at the bedside know that staffing levels have reached crisis levels due to burnout, moral injury and hospitals’ failure to take action to retain nurses. But even before the pandemic, so many of us were stretched to the limit, forced to take too many patients and work long shifts without a break. We need more than a quick fix – we need action to ensure safe staffing now and in the future.
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One-time vacation carryover and cash out option for 2021
Your WSNA Officers recently negotiated a Letter of Agreement to modify the 240-hour limit of vacation carry over and add a cash out opportunity. Please take note of the deadline dates below:
Employees may accrue and carry forward to 2022 an additional forty (40) hours of vacation accruals to a maximum of two hundred and eighty (280) hours of vacation on a one-time basis only.
The maximum will revert to two hundred and forty (240) hours for the maximum vacation accrual applied on Dec. 31, 2022.
Employees with vacation anticipated to be above the two hundred and eighty (280) hour maximum can cash out up to forty (40) hours of vacation accruals. Requests for cash out must be submitted no later than the end of the business day on Nov. 30, 2021.
Any accrued but unused vacation hours above the two hundred and eighty (280) hour maximum at the end of the business day on Dec. 31, 2021 shall be forfeited.
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.