Arbor Health Morton Hospital

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

Local unit meeting

Your local unit officers have called for a union meeting so that we can listen to your concerns. Additionally we have information to share about Assignment Despite Objection Forms (ADO’s), Workplace violence prevention and more!

WHY: We want to have a conversation with you, Arbor Health members!
WHAT: Local Unit Union Meeting
WHEN: Jan. 7, 2020
TIME: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
PLACE: Conference Room 3

You are WSNA!

Please contact your WNSA Nurse Rep, Travis Elmore, with any questions at 206-575-7979 ext. 3117 or

New nurse rep

Please welcome your new WSNA nurse representative, Travis Elmore

As of August 16, 2019, Travis Elmore will be your WSNA nurse representative. Travis can be reached at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3117.

I have decided to leave my employment at WSNA. It has been both an honor and a pleasure working with all of you and I wish you the best. I know you will be in good hands with Travis.


Michele Rose, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

Congratulations, Morton Hospital and Clinic Nurses

We ratified our 2019-2021 LPN and RN contracts!

We, your negotiating team, would like to thank everyone who attended the contract ratification vote. The next step is for the Board of Public Hospital District 1 of Lewis County to review and ratify our 2019-2021 contracts. Until then, our 2017-2019 contracts are still in effect. Once the Board ratifies, our 2019-2021 contracts will take effect immediately. Our wage increases would then occur the first full pay period after the Board approves our contracts. Administration is anticipating that the new wage rates will starting with the July 8, 2019 pay period.

If you have any questions, please contact one of us or contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 800-231-8482, ext. 3012 or

In Solidarity,

Colleen Littlejohn, Wesley McMahan and Melanie Pyles

View the TA Summary

Copies of contracts, TA or vote summaries and other important documents can always be found in the Contracts & Documents section of this web site.

We will also try to post direct links like the one above to the document under discussion within the messages. Apologies to those who were confused because this was not done in our most recent messaging.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3012.

Morton Hospital and Clinic Nurses: Tentative Agreements have been reached, so it’s time to vote!

Contract Ratification Vote:

When: June 24, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Where: Morton Hospital Executive Conference Room 1 & 2

We held firm on getting equal wage percentage increases, equal positive language additions and changes and 3-year durations for both the RN and LPN Tentative Agreements. We are recommending both of these Tentative Agreements!

As soon as possible, a Highlight Summary for the WSNA RN/LPN- Lewis County Hospital District #1 Tentative Agreement will be posted on the WSNA Morton Hospital local unit web page. Please watch for it. Be sure to print the Highlight Summary and bring your copy to the vote. The extended/redline version of both the RNs and LPNs Tentative Agreements will be available for viewing during voting hours. Members of our team, including our attorney and nurse representative will be at the vote and ready to receive questions you may have about these Tentative Agreements. After the vote, at 7:31 p.m., we will need two local unit members (in good standing) to count ballots. Please let one of us know in advance if you are willing to count ballots.

In Solidarity,

Colleen Littlejohn RN, LU Chair
Wesley McMahan RN, LU Co-Chair
Laurie Stargel RN, LU Secretary
Melanie Pyles RN, LU Treasurer

Questions? Please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 1 800 231-8482, ext. 3012 or

Negotiation update #5

We made more progress but are still far apart on wages and insurance. Management continues to push a 0% increase for the first year for LPNs. WSNA continues to advocate for language to improve collaboration on the staffing committee.

Our next meeting is scheduled for June 7, 2019. Stay tuned for more information.

Your negotiation team:

Colleen Littlejohn
Wes McMahan
Melanie Pyles
Laurie Stargel

Questions? Contact Hanna Welander at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3035.

Negotiation update #4

We met again for our fourth negotiation session. We continue to press the hospital on issues related to staffing and filling of shifts and hope to see more progress on those issues as well as economics when we meet on Tuesday, May 28.

In solidarity from your WSNA Negotiating Team,

Colleen Littlejohn, Chair
Wes McMahan, Co-Chair
Laurie Stargel, Secretary
Melanie Pyles, Treasurer

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3035.

Negotiating team update

Management stated they are posting three (3) Nurse Supervisor positions. We made some progress on non-economical proposals. The Hospital has proposed RN wage increases of 1percent in the first year, 1 percent in the second year and 1.5 percent in the third year of the contract.

The increases for the LPNs were equally disappointing at 0 percent in the first year, 1 percent in the second year and 1.5 percent in the third year.

Our negotiating team thinks these increases are inadequate to hire and retain qualified RNs and LPNs. We hope to see substantial improvements at the next session on May 22.

Your Bargaining Team: Colleen, Melanie and Wes


Contact Nurse Representative Hanna Welander at or (206) 575-7979, ext. 3035.

New online ADO forms

Not getting your breaks? Working short staffed? Floating to areas without proper orientation? Fill out a Staffing Complaint / Assignment Despite Objection form today.

WSNA is excited to announce that online ADO forms are finally here!

  • Nurses are standing together for safe staffing andcompleting a Staffing Complaint/ADO form is the first step.
  • This new online form can be accessed through your phone making it simple and quick.
  • Copies of the submitted online form will automatically be sent to you, your local unit chair, co/vice chair, staffing committee co-chairs, WSNA nurse rep and manager (if you designate).

You can find the online form at For any questions, your nurse representative is here to help. Contact WSNA Nurse Rep Michele Rose, RN at or at 206-575-7979, ext. 3012.

The first day of contract negotiations is complete!

We presented contract proposals that we feel are needed to recruit and retain nursing staff and to aid us in providing safe patient care at the hospital and clinics. We heard from you that affordable health care premiums, increased wages, PTO accrual, vacation request concerns and safe staffing are important, so this is what we voiced along with some other concerns to management through our proposal. Management will be giving us their proposals and, hopefully, will provide responses to what we have asked at our next contract negotiation session on April 19, 2019. Stay tuned!

Please be sure to frequent this webpage for updates and asks.

In solidarity,

Colleen Littlejohn, Wes McMahan, Laurie Stargel and Melanie Pyles

If you have any questions, please speak with one of us or contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at (800) 231-8482, ext. 3012 or

Morton Hospital & Clinics Nurses, contract negotiations are about begin!

We are proud to be your 2019 Contact Negotiating Team:

Colleen Littlejohn, Wes McMahan, Laurie Stargel and Melanie Pyles.

Thanks to all who took the time to complete the negotiations survey. Your input was extremely helpful in deciding what our local units’ priorities were for this year’s contract negotiations. Our goal is to get the best contract for all of us. We anticipate that contract negotiations may be challenging again this year.

Our first day of contract negotiations is March 27, 2019.

What we need from all of you is to be ready to support our efforts when the ask comes through. Our request may be to wear a WSNA button, make a call, help post information or attend a meeting. Be ready!

Please be sure to frequent this web page for updates and asks.

If you have any questions please speak with one of us or contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3012 or

Join us for our local unit meeting on Jan. 29

WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose will be at Rivers Coffeehouse & Bistro (212 Main St., Morton, WA) on Tuesday, Jan. 29 from 5:45-7 p.m.

We want to hear your thoughts on our upcoming contract negotiations.

Come and join us!

In Solidarity,

Colleen & Wes, LU Co-Chairs

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose, RN at 1-800 231-8482, ext. 3012 or at

It's contract negotiation survey time!

Our current contract between WSNA/Arbor Health expires March 31, 2019, so it is time for the Contract Negotiation Survey. This survey will assist the team in preparation for contract negotiations. Your input is critical in determining our priorities as we head to the bargaining table.

It is vital that WSNA and the team know your issues and concerns prior to starting negotiations. Please complete this survey by Jan. 31, 2019.

If you have questions or are interested in volunteering to be a member of the negotiating team, please contact one of us or our WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose, or 1.800.231.8482, ext. 3012.

Co-Chair: Colleen Littlejohn, RN

Co-Chair: Wesley McMahan, RN

Treasurer: Teresa Moore, RN

Announcing changes in WSNA nurse representative

Please welcome WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose, RN. Michele will be taking over all new issues as they arise at Morton/Lewis County Hospital. I will finish up most of the outstanding matters to their conclusion and assist Michele in the coming months, as needed.

Michele can be reached at or 206-575-7979, ext. 3012.

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

All my best to you,

Pat McClure, RN
WSNA Nurse Rep
206-575-7979, ext. 3110

Local unit officer elections

It is that time again! We are opening the local unit for the election of officers.

First, we need to have nurses step forward to be nominated or to nominate themselves for an office.

We will need to fill the positions of chair, co-chair, secretary, treasurer and grievance officer.

This is your opportunity to help lead this unit forward to be involved and active. There is not a huge time commitment and your time will be well spent.

The unit will be open for two weeks to collect nominations and then a ballot will be sent out for you to cast your vote. Think about running for an office; there will be on the job training available.