Washington Soldiers Home


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.

Don’t delay; the survey closes February 21!

The current contract between WSNA and The Department of Veterans Affairs expires June 30, 2021. This survey is the first step in our preparation for contract negotiations! Your input is critical in 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.

Please take a moment to complete the contract negotiation survey.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representatives Travis Elmore (telmore@wsna.org) or Debi Bessmer (dbessmer@wsna.org).

Department of Veterans Affairs Negotiation Survey

The current contract between WSNA and The Department of Veterans Affairs expires June 30, 2021. This survey is the first step in our preparation for contract negotiations! Your input is critical in 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. Please take a moment to complete the contract negotiation survey.

**Don't delay!**

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore (telmore@wsna.org) or Debi Bessmer (dbessmer@wsna.org).

Election results are in!

Recently elections were held for local unit officer positions.
Congratulations to the Sharon Troseth who has been elected to serve a term of office as Local Unit Chair!

You are WSNA!

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Representative Travis Elmore at telmore@wsna.org.

Site visit

Your WSNA nurse representative will be making a site visit!

Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019
The site visit will be from noon - 1:30 p.m.

Please look for me in the WSNA Blue! Bring your questions/concerns/suggestions or just to say hi.

Look for the WSNA blue!

Travis Elmore, WSNA Nurse Rep
800-231-8482, ext. 3117
telmore@wsna.org

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 telmore@wsna.org 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.

Sincerely,

Michele Rose, BSN, RN
WSNA Nurse Representative

Congratulations, your coalition has ratified the 2019-2021 contract!

The Association would like to thank everyone who voted. The Governor now has the contract for review. After the Governor has reviewed it, he will give his recommendation to the Legislature and during the 2019 Legislative session a final decision will be made, stay tuned! Any updates and/or Association asks will be sent through WSNA electronic or USPS mail and posted on your local unit webpage. So please keep current and be prepared to act.

Are you not receiving Association communications? Please contact the Association at membership@wsna.org or call 1 (800) 231-8482 to add or update your contact information.

WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose, RN, 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3012, mrose@wsna.org

You have a Tentative Contract/Health Care Benefits Agreement, now it’s time to vote!

When: Sept. 25, 2018

  • 6:30-8:30 a.m.
  • 1-3 p.m.

Where: Skilled Nursing Building – Large Room at the end of Wing 1

The Coalition Negotiating Teams succeeded in getting a Tentative Contract/Health Care Benefits Agreement with the State of Washington. The Coalition Negotiating teams worked extremely hard in negotiating the Contract/Health Care Benefits Agreement and are recommending a YES vote. The extended/redline version of the WSNA-State of Washington Contract/Health Care Benefits Tentative Agreement will be available for you to review during voting hours. Remember, in order to vote you must be a WSNA member and a member in good standings.

If you have any questions contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3012 or mrose@wsna.org.

Contract negotiations and health benefits bargaining updates

Contract negotiations

The State and the Coalition have met four more times for contract negotiations and we have made progress in reaching some tentative agreements. At our last meeting on July 25, each coalition group met individually with the State’s lead negotiator, each Agency’s management representative and representatives from the Office of Financial Management to discuss individual economic proposals. Hopefully at our next scheduled contract negotiations on Aug. 22, the State will be ready with their response to these economic proposals. Stay tuned!

For any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3012 or at mrose@wsna.org.

Health benefits bargaining to begin

The State and the Coalition of Unions Health Benefits bargaining is to begin on Aug. 3. This session will be at the South Sound Manor (455 North St. SE, Tumwater, WA 98501). The Coalition of Unions will pre-meet in the McElroy room from 8:30 – 11 a.m. and bargaining with the State will begin at 12:30 p.m. in the same room.

The second bargaining session will be Aug. 10, 2018. Location is still to be determined.

Please frequent the local unit webpage for updates and meeting locations.

Your voice is needed at this bargaining table. If you are interested in being part of this bargaining, please contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3012 or at mrose@wsna.org.

Contract negotiations update

The May 23, 2018 contract negotiations were cancelled due to the State needing more time to ready their proposals. Our next contract negotiations date is June 20 and 21. Stay tuned!

Please frequent the WSNA/Washington Soldiers Home Local Unit webpage for possible updated communications.

If you have any questions, contact WSNA Nurse Representative Michele Rose at 1-800-231-8482, ext. 3012 or at mrose@wsna.org.

Contract Negotiations Update!

May 9, 2018

Attention Washington Soldiers Home Nurses,

The first day of the 2019-2021 Contract Negotiations is complete! On May 9, 2018 we presented and explained our Coalition Contract proposals to Management. Our next Contract Negotiations date is: May 23, 2018. Stay tuned!

Please frequent the WSNA/Washington Soldiers Home Local Unit webpage for possible updated communications.

If you have any questions, contact Michele Rose, WSNA Nurse Representative at 1-800-231-8482 extension 3012 or mrose@wsna.org.

Congratulations, the VEBA MOU was ratified!

Thanks to all who came to vote on the VEBA MOU. The MOU was accepted and will be added to your Coalition Contract that is online in the Contracts & Documents section. The next step will be to work with the DVA administration to get a policy written for the criteria for the voting process. If you are interest in helping to shape this policy, please contact me.

Michele Rose
WSNA Nurse Representative
1 (800) 231-8482, ext. 3012
mrose@wsna.org