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Washington State Nurses Association Contract Negotation Updates

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.

Nancy Dombrowski
Director; UW Labor Relations (Lead Negotiator)
Andrew Berg
Labor Relations Specialist; UW Labor Relations
Karla Clark
Senior Compensation Consultant for Medical Centers; HR Compensation
Catherine Cordner
Nurse Manager, Dermatology Center; UWMC Roosevelt
Shelley Deatrick
Nurse Manager, Perioperative-Anesthesia Care Unit; UWMC
Becky Hammontree
HR Consultant; UWMC
Leslie Hampton
Associate Director, Professional Development, PFCC, Patient Care Services; UWMC
A.J. Hartman
Communications Specialist; UW Labor Relations
Karen Odle
Assistant Administrator, Patient Care Services; UWMC
Grace Parker
Interim Chief Nursing Officer and Associate Administrator, Ambulatory Clinics; UWMC
Christine Sampson
Nurse Manager, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit; UWMC
Sue Theiler
Nurse Manager, Orthopaedics, Ophthalmology, Oral Surgery; UWMC
Patty Van Velsir
HR Consultant; UWMC

Negotiations Recap for May 8, 2013

This recap details the first session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between UWMC and WSNA.

Ground Rules

The parties agreed to a set of ground rules to govern the negotiations sessions during this round of collective bargaining.

WSNA Initial Proposal

WSNA put forth its initial proposal package, which included language affecting premiums as well as hours of work and overtime.

Compensation

WSNA also put forth its initial wage proposal. WSNA proposed a 2 percent across the board wage increase for 2013 and a 3 percent increase for 2014. Additionally, WSNA proposed changes to steps on the wage scale, including 2-3 percent increases to all steps on the wage scale and increases between steps that currently pay the same wage.

UWMC Financial Presentation

UW Medicine Chief Financial Officer Paul Ishizuka delivered a presentation outlining the current health care environment, detailing the financial situations of UWMC and UW Medicine as a whole. Mr. Ishizuka spoke to the impacts of enduring state and national economic struggles as well implications of the Affordable Care Act, which altogether result in flat or declining utilization, an eroding payer mix, and declining reimbursements.

Paul explained that while UWMC was profitable in fiscal year 2012, it is currently $20 million off budget for fiscal year 2013, contributing to an overall $50 million gap for UW Medicine on the whole.

Next Steps

The next UWMC/WSNA bargaining session is scheduled for May 15.