Overlake RNs have been asked by the medical center to sign a Second Meal Period Waiver Form.”

In our last contract negoti­a­tions, WSNA agreed with this plan and the form the hospital would use. 

10.7 Meal/​Rest Periods A nurse shall receive an unpaid meal period of one-half (1/2) hour when sched­uled to work more than five (5) hours. Consis­tent with the Hospi­tal’s practice over the years, nurses electing to work twelve-hour shifts shall have the choice of working a twelve-hour that includes one or two unpaid meal period(s). Nurses electing to work a twelve-hour shift with one unpaid meal period must waive their right to a second unpaid meal period on a form provided by the Hospital…

All RNs are required to make your selec­tion and sign the form. If you sign to waive your second unpaid meal period, you can occasion­ally take your second meal period on a partic­ular day by 1) notifying your super­visor to ensure adequate coverage; 2) code in timekeeping system that you took a second unpaid meal period. You can also revoke your waiver at any time. If you do, you will then work a total of 13 hours (for a 12-hour shift) and receive two 30-minute unpaid meal periods.

If you have any questions about this, please contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Sydne James at SJames@wsna.org or at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3004.