March 5 session 2

We met on Thursday, March 5, for our second contract bargaining session.

We worked all day trying to come to agree­ment on a Memorandum of Under­standing (MOU) regarding the COVID-19 crisis. While Overlake agreed to affirm their recent policy that nurses who are placed on quaran­tine status due to work-related exposure shall be placed on paid admin­is­tra­tive leave (rather than be forced to use their accrued EIB), we were unable to finalize the MOU, in large part because the Employer refuses to commit to following the recom­men­da­tions of the Centers for Disease Control & Preven­tion and the King County Public Health Depart­ment.

Aside from this bargaining news, we want to update nurses on the current status of manda­tory overtime. Because Washington is now in a declared state of emergency, the state-mandated rules that prohibit manda­tory overtime have been temporarily suspended. This means that nurses may not refuse manda­tory overtime. If you have questions about this, please contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sydne James, sjames@wsna.org.

In solidarity,
Chris Birchem, East 3; Gemma Aranda, PACU; Brooke Dodd, South 4; Janet Moore-Lane, IPS; Pauline Whitney-Hille, IPS; Kathryn Geren, PACU; Cherise Horn, South 4; Sharon Sim, South 4; Magdalyn Chu, Emergency; Brenda Elliott, L&D; Jennifer Carney, South 3; Jesse Haung-Refuerzo, West 4