St. Joseph nurses to consider tentative labor agreement

Nurses represented by Washington State Nurses Association will learn the details Tuesday of a tentative labor agreement with CHI Franciscan’s St. Joseph Medical Center.

In a posting late Friday on social media, representatives wrote, “At 11 pm (May 31), the Bargaining Team reached an agreement. We look forward to presenting the tentative agreement to you.”

The talks Friday lasted 14 hours. According to the WSNA website on Monday, “The parties reached an agreement with improvements on four issues: staffing: incentive pay for seasonal volumes and vacation coverage; ratification bonus: increased ratification bonus that narrows the gap to full retro pay; Walters: protections for Walters OR nurses hired before 1/1/2015 against cross-training to Main OR; per diems: implement pay increases at the same time as implementation of new work requirements.”

Meetings with nurses start at 6 a.m. Tuesday (June 4) and run through the evening. Meeting details are on the nurses’ Facebook page and on the WSNA website.

A vote is scheduled for June 13, according to the WSNA website.

The nurses have been in contract negotiations for months. A previous tentative agreement was voted down in April.