RNs - Washington

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Ill at ease - Hospital talks at an impasse

Erin Snelgrove, Yakima Herald-Republic, May 19, 2011 Becky Krueger loves nursing at Yakima Valley Memorial Hospital, where she's worked for seven years. But when her employer asked her to take a pay freeze and accept a less lucrative retirement plan, she decided to take a stand. "We just want to get a package that will attract nurses and keep them at a great place to work," said Krueger, a member of the nurses bargaining team. "I have a lot of faith that we will come to an agreement, and hopefully soon." After six months of bargaining, contract negotiations have reached an impasse ... Ill

King County Lays Off Public Health Workers

Ruby de Luna, KUOW, January 14, 2011 Seattle – King County Public Health is laying off 123 employees, most of them nurses and health workers who help low income pregnant women. As KUOW's Ruby de Luna reports, the layoffs are related to recent cuts to the state budget. Each year Seattle–King County Public Health works with more than 30,000 pregnant women on Medicaid, and considered at risk. The expectant mothers may have a range of problems from health complications during pregnancy to substance abuse issues. Under the Maternity Support Services program, public health nurses have helped mothers and their babies prevent these problems from becoming full blown. ... King

Washington State Nurses Association Files Lawsuits Around State for Adequate Rest Breaks for RNs

Improving Working Conditions and Patient Safety. Washington State Nurses Association, October 14, 2010 Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), representing more than 16,000 registered nurses in Washington State, has filed lawsuits against four hospitals around the state for failing to provide nurses with rest and meal breaks. Research confirms that nurses working long hours have decreased alertness and vigilance which can lead to an increase in medical errors and compromised patient care. ... Washington

Sacred Heart nurses win legal fight

Associated Press, August 27, 2010 Spokane - Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane have won a legal case after a judge ruled that the hospital must pay them overtime for missed rest breaks. The Washington State Nurses Association brought the case in 2007 in Spokane County Superior Court on behalf of 1,600 nurses. The decision follows a similar outcome in August in which an arbitrator ruled that the University of Washington Medical Center must provide its nurses with full, uninterrupted 15-minute rest breaks.

Nurses at Sacred Heart win court battle over breaks

Hospital must pay damages, legal fees. John Stucke, Spokesman-Review, August 27, 2010 Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center have won a court fight against the hospital that they say will ensure adequate rest breaks and bolster patient safety. The sides have disagreed over what constitutes a rest break for years. The problems boiled over when the hospitals began counting trips to the bathroom, stops at drinking fountains and quick chats with co-workers against nurses’ rest breaks. ... Nurses

Registered Nurses Win Victories in Washington State for Patient Safety

Washington State Nurses Association, August 27, 2010 Seattle - Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), representing more than 16,000 registered nurses in Washington State, has won two landmark decisions for patient safety on the issue of missed breaks for registered nurses. Cases decided in Seattle and Spokane both affirm the employer's responsibility to provide uninterrupted rest breaks to nurses. ... Registered

Healthcare Workers At Deaconess/Valley Hospitals Ratify New Contract

KHQ Right Now, August 13, 2010 Spokane - Nurses and healthcare workers at Deaconess and Valley hospitals overwhelmingly ratified a new contract agreement Friday afternoon with Community Health Systems, the Tennessee-based owners of the local hospitals. The new agreement covers 1,050 nurses, service and technical workers at Valley Hospital and Medical Center, and service and technical workers at Deaconess Medical Center. A tentative agreement was reached Wednesday morning, thereby averting a one-day unfair labor practice strike that was scheduled to begin at 7:00 AM. Turnout for the voting was heavy, with 98% voting in favor of the agreement. ... Healthcare

Sacred Heart nurses picket over breaks, benefits

Informational protest does not constitute strike. John Stucke, Spokane Spokesman-Review, February 2, 2010 Barb Ormsby, a cardiac nurse for 23 years at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, joined dozens of other nurses at an informational picket on South McClellan Street on Tuesday February 2, 2010. The nurses are upset about bathroom breaks, staffing levels and a move to change their retirement benefits from the security of a pension to a stock market based plan to a 401(k). Nurses are accusing Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center of pushing unfair and unsafe new workplace rules that would curtail rest breaks and trim staffing levels. ... Sacred

RNs at Sacred Heart Medical Center Hold Informational Picket

Highlight Patient Safety Concerns During Stalled Contract Negotiations. Washington State Nurses Association, February 2, 2010 Spokane - Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA), representing more than 1,500 registered nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, held an informational picket today to highlight issues critical to patient safety. Contract negotiations have stalled over several key issues including the ability to take uninterrupted rest breaks, inadequate nurse staffing levels, and changes to retirement benefits. ... RNs

Deaconess nurses vote to oust union

John Stucke, Spokane Spokesman-Review, June 25, 2008

Registered nurses voted out their union at Deacness Medical Center.

It was a bold move Tuesday night by the 550 nurses, coming on the eve of Deaconess' likely sale to the largest for-profit hospital company in the United States.

The final tally was 209 nurses voting to oust the powerful Service Employees International Union 1199NW and 184 voting to retain the state's leading union for health care workers.

"They think they have a white knight coming in," said Curt Williams, organizing director for SEIU.

Nurses who wanted the union out said they are ready to take their chances by ending the union's stormy four-year tenure representing nurses.

Deaconess workers to vote on ousting union

Respiratory therapist says SEIU 'tried to strong-arm' hospital. John Stucke, Spokane Spokesman-Review, June 19, 2008 Hundreds of registered nurses and technical workers at Deaconess Medical Center are trying to dump their union. The move comes even as the community-based nonprofit hospital is about to be sold to a Fortune 500 corporation with headquarters outside Nashville, Tennessee. Richard Ahearn, regional director of the National Labor Relations Board, said the federal agency will conduct a decertification election Tuesday. ... Deaconess

Hospital, union spar over staffing

Deaconess denies nurses' allegations. John Stucke, Spokesman-Review, May 10, 2008 Union nurses at Deaconess Medical Center contend that layoffs and low morale have eroded patient care and safety and demand management rehire nursing assistants to preserve the core mission of Spokane's second-largest hospital. The nurses have taken their concerns public, acknowledging that it could further damage the hospital's fragile financial condition. "But at this point, we feel people need to know things are getting worse at their community hospital," said Chris Barton, secretary of the Service Employees International Union 1199 NW. ... Hospital

Nurses threaten to picket at hospital

The Olympian, July 15, 2007 Providence St. Peter Hospital nurses might start informational pickets soon, after rejecting a contract offer from the hospital, the nurses union reported in a news release. The United Staff Nurses Union, Local 141 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union, last week rejected the contract offer by a 97 percent margin and also authorized informational picketing about the unresolved contract issues, the union reported. The union said in its news release that the date that the pickets will start have not been set. Union spokesman John Aslakson said in an earlier interview that the main issues were staffing levels, patient care and economic concerns. He did not return a call on Sunday. A call to St. Peter was not returned Sunday. The three-year contract expired March 1.

Governor: Raises will help state compete for workers

Ralph Thomas, Seattle Times, July 1, 2007 Olympia - Gov. Christine Gregoire says she's convinced state wages have fallen too far behind local government and private industry. "We have nothing to recruit with, because we are so far beneath the private sector," Gregoire said. The new state-worker pay raises, which take effect today, will help close that gap, she said. The raises were negotiated by the governor's office and more than a dozen unions that represent more than two-thirds of state-agency workers. All state employees get 3.2 percent cost-of-living raises now, and another 2 percent a year from now. The contracts also renew a 1.6 percent raise workers got last year. While the cost-of-living raises also apply to nonunion employees, the Legislature delayed the raises for those workers by two months. ... Governor

State employees cashing in on their unions' new clout

Ralph Thomas, Seattle Times Olympia, July 1, 2007 Olympia - Like thousands of state workers, Mike Dyer just got a really big raise. Starting this month, Dyer, a nurse with more than two decades of experience at Western State Hospital, will see his salary jump by 20 percent - pushing his annual pay from about $67,500 to more than $81,000. Many state workers are getting the biggest raises they've seen in nearly two decades - maybe the biggest ever - under new contracts negotiated by Gov. Christine Gregoire's office and approved by the Democrat-controlled Legislature. Thousands of workers are getting double-digit increases. Some raises exceed 25 percent. In all, increases in salaries and benefits for some 111,000 state workers will cost nearly $1.6 billion in state, federal and other funds over the next two years. The state's surging economy made the raises possible. But they're also a testament to the growing clout of the state's public-employee unions. ... State

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