Benton-Franklin Health District

Important notice regarding your right to privacy

Recently a notorious anti-union group, the so-called Freedom Foundation, submitted sweeping demands for information to public employers throughout Washington State, seeking the full name, birthdate, duty station or location, and work e-mail of every public employee.

The Washington State Nurses Association joined other unions in filing a lawsuit to prevent the disclosure of your personal information. WSNA emphasized that disclosure of the personal information would violate nurses’ right to privacy and could jeopardize the safety of nurses who have been victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other threats to their bodily security.

On December 27, 2019, a Superior Court judge issued a preliminary injunction, temporarily preventing the disclosure of the names, birthdates, duty stations/locations, and work e-mails of public employees.

If you or a family member have been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking, or other threats of violence and you wish to prevent the disclosure of your personal information, please contact paralegal Jeanna Te in the WSNA legal department at 206-575-7979, extension 3040, or Any information you provide shall be kept strictly confidential.

Protecting your privacy and safety are paramount to WSNA.

NOTE: You should not provide sensitive information to your employer about risks to your security, except as necessary to ensure your safety at work, since any information provided to a public employer may be subject to disclosure as a public record.

If you have any questions about this issue, please contact the WSNA legal department at 206-575-7979, extension 3040 or

Negotiation update

BFHD R Ns Stand with you Rachel Guettner Leslie Rivera Barbara Johnson Lis Ellis Guadalupe Flores Mahin Hackler

Benton Franklin RNs stand with you - Rachel Guettner, Leslie Rivera, Barbara Johnson, Lis Ellis, Guadaupe Flores, Mahin Hackler

Your bargaining team met with the District for the second negotiations meeting on February 4. So far, the District’s proposals do not keep up with the cost of living or the job and housing market the Tri Cities. Your team is committed to fighting for a fair contract for the nurses at BFHD! We would like to meet with you to hear your feedback. Please plan to attend the Local Unit Meeting.

Local Unit Meeting

We need to meet with you. Your input is valuable to your team.
Join us for a LU meeting

Thursday, Feb. 13, at 2:30 p.m.
At the Pasco Office

In Solidarity,

Your negotiating team: Leslie Rivera, Barbara Johnson, Elizabeth Ellis, Guadalupe Flores, and Rachel Guettner

Negotiations Day 1 Update


We met with the district for our first day of negotiations on Nov. 12. Both sides made opening proposals. We reached some initial agreements.

We were disappointed with the districts’ wage offer of 2% the first year and up to 1.8% the second year. Our next scheduled bargaining session is set for Dec. 6.

In Solidarity,

Your negotiating team: Leslie Rivera, Barbara Johnson, Elizabeth Ellis, Guadalupe Flores, and Rachel Guettner

If you have questions, contact WSNA Nurse Repreesentative Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN at or 206-575-7979, Ext. 3113.

It's contract survey time:

The current contract between WSNA and your local unit expires Dec. 31, 2019. This survey is our first step in our preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical to determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table. It is vital that we know your issues and concerns prior to the start of the negotiations.

Take a moment to complete this survey now. The power of representation comes from the willingness of registered nurses to unite; our strength is in unity! Remember in order for WSNA to be an effective, strong, influential voice for you at the negotiation table, we need your membership and involvement. The survey will close at 9 a.m. on Oct. 14.

Please provide us with your current contact information in the first question of the survey. Your negotiating team members do not share this information with anyone. It is only collected so that we may contact you if we have questions and so we may share important information with you regarding negotiations.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at 206-575-7979, ext. 3113 or

Local unit news

Please plan on attending our local unit meeting. Your officers will be meeting with management for Conference Committee and we would like input from you.

Local Unit Meeting
September 17
Pasco office

Conference Committee Meeting
September 17
Kennewick office: Mission Peak Conference Room

Negotiations Survey - We are preparing the survey. It will soon be online. We’ll let you know when it is ready for you to complete.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3113.

Come to the local unit meeting

We’re having a local unit meeting on July 9 at noon. We’ll be meeting at the BFHD Pasco office, 412 W. Clark St. Meet with Carmen Garrison, your WSNA nurse representative.

Congratulations to our new officers:

Co-Chairs: Barbara Johnson
Rachel Guttner

Secretary: Mahin Hackler

Treasurer: Leslie Rivera

Grievance: Liz Ellis

Thank you to the out-going officers for their service: Robin Henle and Jennifer Wall.

Questions? Please contact Carmen Garrison at or on her cell at 206-491-9424.

Announcing changes in WSNA nurse representative

Please welcome WSNA Nurse Representative Carmen Garrison, BSN, RN. Carmen will be taking over all new issues as they arise at Benton-Franklin Health District. I will finish up most of the outstanding matters to their conclusion and assist Carmen in the coming months, as needed.

Carmen can be reached at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3113.

It has been a pleasure working with all of the Benton-Franklin RNs. I am continuing my work here at WSNA as a nurse representative with a few new assignments. I will miss the Benton-Franklin nurses but know you will be in good hands with Carmen.

All my best to you,

Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep
206-575-7979, ext. 3121

The contract has been ratified!

We had an impressive turnout at our vote and an overwhelming “yes from our members. Thank you for showing your support to our negotiation team members with such an amazing turnout!

Next steps:

The Health District will hold their vote at the next Board of Health meeting on May 16. Once their vote is complete we will collect the signatures from both negotiation teams and post the contract online.

Please congratulate our negotiating team for an outstanding job!

In solidarity,

Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

Summary of 2018 Tentative Agreement

Your bargaining team proudly recommends this agreement for ratification by the membership

Wage Increases:

1/1/18 – transition to new step system with nurses moving to the step with the next higher dollar amount (no nurse will move down as a result of this transition), 5% increase to the wage scale with 5% increases between all steps except for the final step which will be 2.5% (note: raises are retroactive to January 1).

1/1/19 – 1% across the board increase, final step in the scale will increase from 2.5% to 5%.

During the term of this 2-year contract, nurses currently at the top step will receive an increase in wages of wages of 8.5%. Nurses who are not yet at the top step will receive an increase of at least 6% in addition to any step increases received.

Classification Consolidation

The agreement consolidates the existing classifications making progression through the step system clearer and more straight forward. Instead of “promoting” from a PHN 1 to a PHN 2, a nurse will be hired as a PHN and will progress from the first step of the scale to the top step of the scale. The same concept will apply for the RN scale. As part of the consolidation, the parties have agreed to clarify the existing bargaining unit by removing manager positions.


Nurses will now be able to use your flextime within the same month and/or pay period instead of being required to use it within the same week. Note: Use of flex time must comply with existing wage and hour laws.

Education Allotment

Nurses will now be able to use your $200 annual education stipend for tuition payments and licensure renewals.

Maternity Leave

The new agreement removes the current language that allows a nurse to continue working only with the approval of a physician. Instead, the employer will comply with existing federal and state family medical leave laws.


The bargaining team agreed to language allowing the District to furlough nurses in the event of a temporary funding shortage such as a reduction in grants or a government shutdown. The bargaining team believes that the allowance for furloughs will minimize the disruption to affected nurses in the event of a temporary funding shortage. The alternative to furloughs is layoffs which require the District to terminate a nurse’s employment and pay the nurse for all accrued vacation and sick time. While the District can call nurses back at the end of the funding shortage, nurses would return to work with no accrued leave time. While WSNA did not seek this provision in the contract, the bargaining team determined the potential of lessening impact on nurses justified the agreement to allow the District to furlough.

WSNA nurses at BFHD earned this contract! Your bargaining team worked hard to achieve this contract. However, the improvements in the new agreement would not have been possible without the support and engagement of all WSNA nurses at BFHD. Your letters to the Board and attendance at the Board meeting have allowed us to bring a tentative agreement to you that we proudly recommend.

Remember to come and cast your vote.

When: May 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Where: Admin Conference Room, 2nd floor - Kennewick office.

Our bargaining team is recommending a YES vote!

Tentative agreement and vote announcement!

Your negotiating team members have worked diligently on your behalf, and were successful in reaching a tentative agreement for your Contract.

Your team successfully negotiated major improvements to several contract sections that affect your wages and working conditions. A detailed summary of all the major changes that have been tentatively agreed to will be available online soon.

More details to come!

When: May 1 from 11:30am to 1:30am
Where: Admin Conference Room second floor Kennewick office.

Our bargaining team is recommending a YES vote!

Negotiation update: Day 4

WSNA nurses at BFHD stepped up and presented heart felt letters to the County Commissioners that demonstrated our passion for the health of our community. Several nurses attended the Board of Health meeting and expressed the urgent need to address the looming retention and recruitment problems at our health district. It made a difference!

Following the Board of Health meeting, the parties met to continue contract negotiations. Both sides made significant movement throughout the day. However, the district was unable to address the wage gap. While we are disappointed we could not reach an agreement today, our negotiation team will continue fight for fair wages.

In solidarity,

Your Negotiation Team

Questions? Call your WSNA nurse representative, Jayson Dick, MBA, BSN, RN, at 1(206) 858-2139.