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This Thursday, June 18th, WSNA will be distributing surgical masks donated by our national union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), across the street from the facility on the corner of 17th and J.
In May, Gov. Inslee issued a proclamation providing guidance on how and when facilities can safely resume certain surgeries and procedures. WSNA worked closely with the governor to shape this guidance, bringing forward your concerns about PPE and safe working conditions. WSNA Executive Director Sally Watkins served on the Governor’s task force and ensured that strong language about PPE was included.
WSNA will be monitoring employer compliance closely and holding employers accountable if they do not adhere to the new proclamation/directive. We will need to remain vigilant — report to your Nurse representative Barbara Friesen at email@example.com if you feel SJMC is not following guidance. WSNA has issued a statement calling for monitoring of current PPE and a return to conventional guidelines so that our members and patients are safe. No Nurse should have to reuse soiled or broken masks.
WSNA has offered submission of samples of the masks we will distribute on Thursday to SJMC, to verify whether these masks meet the Employer’s standards for employee use in the workplace. These thousands of masks WSNA has secured through AFT can also be used by you and your family out in the community.
Please spread the word to your coworkers, including non-RN employees. We know PCTs, maintenance, service and other staff have also been forced to reuse masks for too long.
We will be distributing masks at the corner of 17th and J from 7 a.m. — 5 p.m. or while supplies last on Thursday June 18. Please observe social distancing and wear a mask per public health guidelines.
Please spread the word to your co-workers and stay strong though these challenging times.
Sincerely your WSNA officers, Dian Davis Co-Chair Allie Jones Co-Chair Sally Budack Secretary Janet Stewart Treasurer and Grievance Officer Linda Burbank Grievance Officer Matthew McGuire Grievance Officer Melissa Garcia Membership Coordinator
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.