In April of 2012, University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC) management and the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) agreed to terms for the 2012-2013 contract year of the parties' collective bargaining agreement, which expires on June 30, 2013. Contract negotiations for a successor agreement are now underway. WSNA represents more than 1400 registered nurses at UWMC.
Compensation: New compensation provisions went into effect on July 1, 2013, including 2 percent across-the-board increases for all employees in the bargaining unit. This and other applicable compensation provisions that are effective July 1, 2013 will be first reflected on the July 25, 2013 paycheck, for the pay period ending July 15, 2013.
Contract Publication: The 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement has been published to the Labor Relations website. View the 2013-2015 Washington State Nurses Association Contract.
This update outlines the seventh and final session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UWMC and WSNA.
UWMC and WSNA reached a comprehensive tentative agreement on a contract for the 2013-2015 biennium, which both parties will recommend to their constituents for approval and ratification. Key provisions include:
For more details on what is new and different in the 2013-2015 collective bargaining agreement, see the summary of the UWMC-WSNA comprehensive tentative agreement.
UWMC and WSNA will recommend this agreement to their respective constituents for approval and ratification.
This recap details the sixth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UWMC and WSNA.
The parties exchanged package proposals that bundled together various outstanding items, and would need to be accepted in their entirety. Provisions included rest between shifts, missed rest breaks, compensation, and leave due to childcare emergencies.
UWMC thanked its nurses for their part in a shining report from a recent unannounced survey by The Joint Commission health care accreditation organization. UWMC recounted The Joint Commission's recognition of the extraordinary patient acuity at UWMC, as well as its praise for the expertise and the patient focus at UWMC.
The next UWMC-WSNA bargaining session is scheduled for June 21.
This recap details the fifth session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UWMC and WSNA.
UWMC presented data on the number of nurses leaving UWMC between July 2011 and May 2013. A full 45 percent of the 217 separations that occurred during this time period consisted of nurses that had worked at UWMC for two years or less. For nurses who worked at UWMC for 20 or more years, all separations were retirements. UWMC pointed out that of the 217 nurses who departed during this time, 33 have since returned to work at UWMC.
The next UWMC-WSNA bargaining session is scheduled for June 13.