Providence Sacred Heart and Providence Kadlec consider their options after more than a year of negotiations.
Sadly, I believe the moral decline and proposed unethical treatment of employees by Providence violates my religious convictions, and I can no longer remain neutral. While I still do not agree with some of the tactics and philosophies of unions on a global scale, I am now ready to be an active member with a voting voice through WSNA.
After almost 20 years of service to Kadlec, Providence now wants to “reward” me by decreasing my PTO accrual hours, cutting nearly two weeks per year... It makes me sad to think that all you are looking at is the bottom line, and not how you are affecting my life and how you don’t think I am worthy of the PTO that I am earning after giving Kadlec 20 years of service.
"Our goal is not a strike - our goal is a fair and just contract." We had a recent union meeting, and that phrase was said a few times, and for me it really hit home.With strike assessment and preparation now in full swing at Kadlec, the threat becomes more and more real.Make no mistake: I will strike if I have to, without hesitation. But that is a scary thought.
A new report details how union members in Washington state earn significantly higher wages and are more likely to get health care and retirement benefits than their non-union counterparts.
WSNA won the Mother Jones Organizational Award on July 26 at the annual Washington State Labor Council convention for our work on rest breaks legislation. Co-recipients were SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and UFCW21.
WSNA members from Sacred Heart and Kadlec joined hundreds of outraged nurses, health care workers, state labor leaders, public officials and union activists from across Washington on July 26 to hold a “Rally for Patients Before Profits” at Providence corporate headquarters.
Bargaining team member Matthew McGuire: "This TA gives us a strong contract that I have no reservations recommending."
Cutting corners on RN benefits and working conditions proves costly for St. Joseph Medical Center-Tacoma
Nurse turnover at SJMC is, for lack of a better word, obscene, and incredibly costly.According to WSNA membership data, SJMC turned over 276 nurses in 2017, and 248 in 2018. This comes out to a turnover rate of 24.2% and 20.9% each year, respectively – rates much higher than national averages.
Why nurses demand and deserve better than what St. Joseph Medical Center-Tacoma has offered.
As nurses across the country unite and advocate for their profession, St. Joseph’s Tacoma nurses are doing the same for themselves and their patients as they fight the good fight for safe staffing – and against incredibly unsafe, management mandated “alternative staffing.”
Congratulations for the recent union representation election win!
Nurses say it is time for Providence Sacred Heart to put nurse and patient safety before corporate profits. That’s why hundreds of registered nurses, patients and supporters are rallying together in the cold and calling on Providence to listen to Sacred Heart nurses.
After years of battling in the courts over MultiCare’s unsafe use of “break buddies” to cover for nurse rest breaks, the Washington State Nurses Association, together with our members at Tacoma General Hospital, won a big victory on July 23.
WSNA’s ongoing challenge to secure rest breaks for the nurses at Tacoma General came before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of WSNA v. MultiCare.
WSNA recently won a significant settlement with Washington State Labor & Industries and King County over mandatory overtime violations.
On Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, we flew to Ketchikan, Alaska to show support for our fellow PeaceHealth nurses who were negotiating their new union contract. They reached a tentative agreement at the end of the month.
In a major victory for home health and hospice nurses, Yakima county Superior Court Judge Blaine Gibson today awarded damages of $2.895 million to home care nurses at Yakima Regional Medical and Cardiac Center for work done off the clock.
NFN celebrates its history and plans for the future.
This attack did not originally target nurses, but instead, public union workers. Regardless, it’s going to impact our practice.
Each year, WSNA’s Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare recognizes outstanding leaders in Local Units across the state. These fearless nurses, nominated by their peers, received their awards at WSNA’s Leadership Conference in late September 2017. Congratulations to all of them for their dedication and outstanding work on behalf of WSNA members!
What you need to know about Janus v. AFSCME.
When we stand together as union nurses, we have the power to win a fair return on our work and conditions that allow us to provide better care to our patients.
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