We have all been horrified at Astria’s callous and ruthless decision to close ARMC. The closure has left our community without a critically important health care provider. Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic has further highlighted the devastating loss to the Yakima Valley that occurred when ARMC closed its doors.
Astria’s decision to close ARMC had a particularly devastating impact on its employees who lost jobs without any notice. WSNA nurses had worked for years to help ARMC survive while simultaneously serving the health needs of the community. Everybody involved deserved much better.
WSNA has invested heavily in a legal campaign to defend the rights of nurses who have been unfairly impacted by the sudden closure. As a result of this pressure, Astria finally came to the bargaining table to settle the dispute. We are pleased to announce that Astria has agreed to a settlement to provide compensation to affected nurses. A lawsuit was never going to reverse the injustice of Astria’s decision to close the medical center and this settlement involves compromises from both sides. Nevertheless, your Local Unit Officers and WSNA’s Cabinet on Economics and General Welfare believe that a negotiated settlement is preferable to protracted litigation with no guarantee of success.
Under the terms of the agreement, the settlement amount is confidential until the agreement is approved by the Bankruptcy Court. We expect that approval to come within the next few weeks.
Once the Court approves the settlement, we will contact you to arrange for the delivery of your check. We understand that many of you have relocated during the last 8 months. Please provide updated contact information to WSNA firstname.lastname@example.org.
This has been a long and painful journey. This settlement will not undo the frustration and chaos experienced by ARMC nurses. We do hope that it will provide some relief and allow ARMC nurses to close a challenging chapter.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Jayson Dick at 206 – 858-2139.
If you find yourself in a situation that you believe creates unsafe conditions for patients or for you, you should complete a Staffing Complaint / ADO Form as soon as possible.
By completing the form, you will help make the problem known to management, creating an opportunity for the problem to be addressed. Additionally, you will be documenting the facts, which may be helpful to you later if there is a negative outcome.
WSNA also uses your ADO forms to track the problems occurring in your facility. When you and your coworkers take the important step of filling out an ADO form, you are helping to identify whether there is a pattern of unsafe conditions for you or your patients at your facilities. This information is used by your conference committee, staffing committee, and WSNA labor staff to improve your working conditions.
If called into a meeting with management, read the following to management when the meeting begins:
If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, I respectfully request that my union representative be present at this meeting. Without representation present, I choose not to participate in this discussion.