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We are pleased to announce that we have reached agreement on a one-year interim contract with 3% across the board wage increases effective in the first full pay period following its signing and a cap on increases in medical premiums in 2021 of no more than a 7% blended average.
This interim contract will provide us with stability and protection through these challenging times and allow us to prepare and resume negotiations late this year.
In normal times, this agreement would be subject to a vote of the WSNA membership. As we all know, these are not normal times. We are unable to have an in-person vote. On April 5, the WSNA Cabinet on Economic & General Welfare adopted an emergency motion that authorizes, for the duration of the coronavirus pandemic emergency, the Executive Committee of the Cabinet (chair, vice chair, and treasurer) to execute an interim contract of up to one year provided that it is in the best interest of the nurses, and provided it is done in consultation with the local unit officers and negotiating team. The Cabinet consists of ten elected members across the state and is the highest-ranking elected body of WSNA collective bargaining program.
We, your WSNA bargaining team, unanimously agreed to recommend that the Cabinet Executive Committee authorize this one-year interim contract, which they have done.
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.