Snohomish 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 tjeanna@wsna.org. 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 tjeanna@wsna.org.

New officers have been elected!

Ballots have been counted and we are pleased to announce your new WSNA officers! The new officers are Chair – Kat (Kathleen) Clancy, Vice Chair – Karen Winchell, Grievance Officer – Susan Babcock, and Secretary / Treasurer – Lucy (Lucille) McNeely. Additionally, Bonnie Decker has agreed to continue as a representative at Conference Committee. Please also join us in thanking Debra Cartmell-Herzig for her contribution as a past officer.

Other news - WSNA continues to monitor the plans to close the First Steps and WIC programs. There have been no new developments since our December meeting. We will also be looking to this summer to start planning for negotiations this fall. The current contract expires at the end of this year. Be on the lookout for survey that will likely come out in June and for the opportunity to be part of the negotiation team.

Did you receive this in an email from us? If not, you may have inadvertently blocked emails from WSNA or may need to enable your email provider to send WSNA announcements to your inbox instead of your clutter/spam folder. Please consult your email provider information on details of how to “whitelist” WSNA. You can also check with your nurse rep to insure you have not inadvertently opted out of email communications. Email is the best way to get current and timely information. Information about your officers, latest communications, your contract and other important information can always be found on this web page.

In solidarity,
Your WSNA officer team

Sara Frey JD BSN RN, Nurse Representative sfrey@wsna.org 206.575.7979 ext 3039

Local unit meeting and budget cuts

The County has announced their budget plans for the upcoming year which include cuts to some of the programs such as WIC, First Steps and possibly Childcare.

Please come meet with your officers and WSNA Nurse Rep on Nov. 21, 2019 from noon to 1 p.m. in room 209A to discuss the effects of these changes and plans moving forward. Bring your lunch and we’ll see you there.

If you have questions, please contact your nurse rep, Sara Frey at sfrey@wsna.org or 206-575-7979, ext. 3039.

Your contract has been ratified!

Congratulations! You have ratified your contract by an overwhelming majority. We had a tremendous turnout!

The contract goes to the Board of Health for ratification on Feb. 13. Once that is accomplished, Payroll will implement your wage increases. It is likely that your wage increases will be on the Feb. 23 paycheck; at the very latest, they will be on your March 8 paycheck. Wage increase will be retroactive to Jan. 1, 2018.

Insurance premium changes will take effect on your March 8 paycheck and are not retroactive. Please direct any individual benefit questions to Pam Aguilar in Human Resources. For any questions about your contract, please contact WSNA Nurse Rep Hanna Welander at hwelander@wsna.org or call (206) 575-7979, ext. 3035.

We were really excited to participate in this negotiation and want you to think about getting involved as an officer in the future. Remember that this is YOUR union and together we can achieve more!

Co-Chairs Karen Winchell and Julie Lutz, Negotiating Team Members
Secretary/Treasurer Debra Cartmell-Herzig
Grievance Officer Susan Babcock