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Hearing Dates and Information Requests

I am keeping membership up to date on the scheduling of the upcoming District Hearing & Appeals Board hearing.  Membership had been denied hearings before the Election Board prior to rendering unilateral rulings without direct membership input which dramatically impacted our Chapter (in violation of Bylaws).  I am requesting that this matter be forwarded by 1199NW to SEIU International. 


From: Paul Vilja 
Date: Friday, October 24, 2014 at 12:21 PM
To: Cydney Gillis 
Cc: "Paul Drachler , Willie Saw 
Subject: Re: Scheduling of DHAB hearing


I am off today (Friday) and Monday because I am scheduled to cover the weekend.  I will not know if I am approved to have Wednesday, November 5, 2014 off until next week.  My work schedule ends at 3 PM daily, I could be in Renton by 4 PM.  This would allow my participation in a hearing on almost any day of the week.  Can a date be set where the hearing occurs on or after 4 PM?  I have not yet had opportunity to discuss this with Willie Saw.  Willie works evening shift thus there could be schedule issues should he wish to be present for the presentation before the Board.


This document serves as an official information request for the hearing.  Please provide the following information pertaining to the validity of the current District Hearing & Appeals Board and Election Board.  The information requested also pertains to the Chapter structure imposed upon WSH by the 1199NW Election Board.


  1. Provide a copy of all documents that pertain to the selection process (how members were selected for) the District Hearing & Appeals Board without a District Delegate Assembly nomination process.
  2. Provide a copy of 1199NW membership notification of open positions within the District Hearing & Appeals Board so that interested members may apply.
  3. Identify the 1199NW candidates for the District Hearing & Appeals Board (DHAB) prior to their placement on that Board.  Provide a copy of the petitions and any DHAB candidate documents that were presented to the Executive Board.
  4. Identify which Executive Board members voted to install the elected DHAB candidates.
  5. Identify the name of the current DHAB Chair and Secretary and copies of all documents pertaining to their election to those positions.
  6. Identify the name of the Chair of the Election Board.
  7. Identify the Employer of the Chair of the Election Board and the Chapter where the Chair pays 1199NW dues for.
  8. Identify the dates and times Western State Hospital Chapter members testified before the Election Board, pertaining to the original ruling of invalidation of the Western State Hospital election and the ruling pertaining to the Western State Hospital reelection.
  9. Explain why 1199NW (or 1199NW Election Board) prevented appellants from participating in an Election Board hearing in the original Election Board decision invalidating the Western State Hospital election and the subsequent reelection decision hearing.
  10. Provide a copy of all postings of Election Board hearing that were sent to membership pertaining to the Western State Hospital election invalidation hearing and reelection hearing.  
  11. Bylaws require that the DHAB members be elected to a two year term to prevent bias and intimidation.  Provide copies of all documents produced by 1199NW that indicate that 1199NW could forgo two year terms and make short term appointments to a DHAB.
  12. Identify all years that 1199NW has operated without a two year term elected DHAB by the District Delegate Assembly.  For all years where 1199NW claims a proper District Delegate Assembly elected a two year term DHAB, provide a copy of the documentation that would validate 1199NW’s claims. 
  13. 1199NW Organizers are employees of 1199NW and belong to their own Union which negotiates its own Collective Bargaining Agreement with 1199NW.  Identify the name of the 1199NW Organizer Union and provide a copy of the CBA.
  14. Chapter union operations include grievance processes, committee processes, labor/management meeting and other bargaining processes. Provide a breakdown of all current Chapter Officers used for all Chapters.  (Pertains to the chapter officer structure imposed upon WSH in the reelection process.)  
  15. Excluding WSH, identify the number of Chapters that have a “Chair” and a separate “Executive Board Member.”  
  16. Excluding WSH, identify the number of Chapters that have a Corresponding Secretary Chapter Officer position.
  17. Excluding WSH, identify the number of Chapters that have Executive Board Members with no Chair Chapter Officer position.
  18. Provide copies of all documents that 1199NW used to impose the reelection structure that was applied to Western State Hospital.
  19. Provide copies of all documents pertaining to the election of the Election Board at the last District Delegate Assembly. This would include a list of all candidates and vote counts.
  20. Identify all years that 1199NW has operated without an Election Board that was elected at a District Delegate Assembly.  For all years where 1199NW claims a proper District Delegate Assembly elected an Election Board, provide a copy of the documentation that would validate 1199NW’s claims.
  21. Identify the role of Paul Drachler in the original Election Board and DHAB hearings and the subsequent reelection Election Board hearing and DHAB Hearing.
  22. Provide a copy of all documentation identifying the role of the Chair and Secretary of DHAB.
  23. Provide a copy of all documentation identifying the role of the Chair of the Election Board.

Time is of the essence with regard to this request for information.  If it is proven that the current DHAB and Election Board were not properly elected by the District Delegate Assembly for terms that are required under the Bylaws…  I petition for 1199NW to forward the hearings to occur before SEIU International.


Paul Vilja



From: Cydney Gillis 

Date: Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 11:19 AM
To: Pauli Vilja 
Cc: "Paul Drachler " 
Subject: Scheduling of DHAB hearing


Dear Pauli:

 

The District Hearing and Appeals Board (DHAB) hearing on your appeal of the Decision of the Election Board on Objection to the Conduct of the Western State Hospital Election and Complaint is tentatively set for Wednesday, November 5, 2014, 2:30 p.m. at the Union office located at 15 S. Grady Way #200, Renton, WA 98057.

 

This is only a tentative date, and is subject to change. Once the hearing date is finalized, a formal notice of hearing will be issued.

 

If you have concerns regarding the tentative date and time, please let me know. Thank you.

 

Cydney Gillis 
Legal Assistant

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Another Love Letter from 1199NW

Apparently I am privileged enough to get something from 1199NW…  An actual appeal hearing before the (illegitimate)  Hearing & Appeals Board, unlike the appeal hearing I was denied before the illegitimate Election Board which is the ruling that was appealed.  Confusing isn’t it.  Dictatorships rarely make sense.  By the way, 1199NW states that I will get a copy of the new collective bargaining agreement within two weeks…  It sure beats the months it they earlier told me it would take.  It will be nice to see what membership voted yes on.  I will post it as soon as I get it. 


Below is my Appeals Board notification:


Paul Vilja

RE: Appeal and Complaint

Dear Paul Vilja:

We acknowledge receipt of your appeal of the Chapter Hearing Board's

decision. Pursuant to Article VII(l)(k) of the Bylaws, your appeal will be

referred to the District Hearing and Appeals Board.

Pursuant to Article VIll( 4)( a)(I), your complaint against the President will

be referred to the District Hearing and Appeals Board.

The District Hearing and Appeals Board will convene a hearing. You will

be contacted regarding a hearing date.

Sincerely,

~~Vc~~

Emily\! an Bronkhorst


I wish to thank 1199NW for allowing me to have at least have one hearing…  Although the upcoming hearing would be redundant had 1199NW allowed me to present our case before the illegal Election Board.  Denial of hearing is in and of itself a denial of just cause and should completely invalidate the illegal reelection process outcome.

Open Response to Email from District Office

Unethical conduct continues within the District Office.  The District Office is attempting to implement removal of member elected candidates who are in opposition to flagrant Bylaw violations that have occurred against our membership.  All positions at WSH should be filled by a LEGAL election that is overseen by a LEGAL Election Board that has been elected by membership before the District Delegate Assembly.  The current structure implemented by the District Office upon WSH is not legitimate or legal under our Bylaws.


From: Paul Vilja 
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 10:26 PM
To: Margaret Cary , Diane Sosne 
Cc: 'beng saw' 
Subject: Re: District Appointment of New WSH Chapter Officers


This response will address the unethical nature of how 1199NW is currently operating.  Please provide responses for the following questions:

  1. Willie Saw and Paul Vilja filed an appeal to a reelection which occurred prior to an appeal hearing before an illegal District Hearing & Appeals Board that was not elected to a two year term as is required by the Bylaws.  This prevented the appellants from being candidates within an reelection where the District Office had illegally imposed a structure that applied to no other Chapter, including WSH’s past history and the previous election.  As the filers of the election appeal, were Willie Saw and Paul Vilja ever allowed to make a presentation before the “Election Board?”  Explain to membership the rights of an appellant before the Election Board.
  2. Why were Willie Saw and Paul Vilja prevented from testifying before the Election Board that rendered the ruling?
  3. Was Henry Brudney the Chair of the Election Board?
  4. What Chapter does Henry Brudney belong to?  Or is he an Organizer which belongs to the same union as other 1199NW Organizers?
  5. Identify the name of the labor union 1199NW organizers belong to.  Provide a copy of their CBA.
  6. Was the Election Board that rendered the decision elected by the District Delegate Assembly?

Please consider this information request as pertaining to the outstanding appeals that have been filed.


Willie Saw and Paul Vilja find this action by the District Office to be unethical and a knowing violation of Bylaws.  Membership, should be running the union.  That is not currently the case.  1199NW is in knowing violation of its own Bylaws.


Willie Saw and Paul Vilja look forward to presenting their case before a legitimate Election Board and Appeals Board before SEIU International or before 1199NW membership within a legal District Hearing and Appeals Board AND Election Board when they get elected by membership in the February 2015 District Delegate Assembly.  We will bring forward amendments for membership to implement into 1199NW to assure that it becomes a democratic union that is run by membership.


Paul Vilja

Willie Saw

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From: Margaret Cary 
Date: Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 8:07 PM
To: Pauli Vilja , Diane Sosne 
Cc: beng saw 
Subject: RE: District Appointment of New WSH Chapter Officers


Paul:

 

The Election Decision issued by the Election Board confirmed the results of the rerun election as final.   The elected officers are as follows:   the WSH Chair is Dawn McCracken and the Corresponding Secretary is Erika Springer.

 

Margaret

 

Margaret Cary
General Counsel/Chief Negotiator
SEIU Healthcare 1199NW

Open Email to Our Membership

From: Paul Vilja 
Date: Tuesday, October 14, 2014 at 5:23 PM
To: Margaret Cary <margaretc@seiu1199nw.org>, Diane Sosne <dianes@seiu1199nw.org>
Cc: beng saw 
Subject: District Appointment of New WSH Chapter Officers


Today at 3:15 PM a union meeting began at WSH.  The CBA negotiations were discussed.  It was stated that there was no change in the language within the contract for comp time.  The wage increase structure was discussed with minimal details.  It was stated that the new contract was approved by membership.  When asked when membership can be provided with a copy of the new approved contract, it was stated that it would be “months.”


The next topic was staffing.  It was stated that members needed to get together and support a staffing proposal for a float pool that was put together by the contract negotiation team.  It was discussed that the Joint Nurse Staffing Committee was drafting a proposal based on all statistical data derived from WSH for the past eight months and that the proposal included drastically more staffing.  I asked what metrics the other proposal used for its numbers.  The conversation ended with “we could debate this for days.”


The next topic included Margaret Cary stating that the election board had issued a ruling.  I stated that an appeal had been filed immediately.  Margaret Cary stated that an appeal had been filed.  Margaret Cary stated that the District Office has now changed the leadership of Western State Hospital officers.  I responded that I would not participate in a process that was undemocratic.  I exited the meeting at that time.


The District Office has imposed upon Western State Hospital a structure that exists in no other Chapter and is markedly different than the structure of WSH for the past many years as well as markedly different than the structure of the original election.  With an appeal pending on this point (among many other issues) including the fact that the body that issued the ruling was not a legal body elected by the District Delegate Assembly and Chaired by a member and the fact that 1199NW has no legitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board elected by the District Delegate Assembly (which rendered the original appeal decision)…   The District Office has picked an odd way to announce that it has chosen to act on its own to appoint officers of its choice to run Western State Hospital EXCLUSIVE of a full fair election or legitimate Appeals Board ruling.  Because 1199NW did not have a legitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board, Willie Saw and I could not be provided with a timely Appeal, rather the District Office imposed an reelection to occur PRIOR to an appeal being heard.  Under these circumstances Willie Saw and I could not participate in what we consider an illegal process which prevented due process (the Appeal) from being heard prior to a reelection which drastically changed the organization and structure of WSH exclusive it its membership which in and of itself was a component of the grounds for Appeal.  We do not view the “reelection” as being valid or binding as the elected officers were excluded from participating without compromising the pending Appeal.   


As I have not received official written notification of Western State Hospital officer structure change, please confirm in writing that the District Office has removed myself from performing my functions within 1199NW independent of a legitimate Hearings Board or Election Board.


Please provide a rapid written reply.


Paul Vilja

Executive Board Meeting & New Contract

I am happy to report that I was allowed to stay through the entire Executive Board meeting without being kicked out at any point (like the last meeting).  I was not allowed to vote, as I was an “uninvited guest.”  I did not receive compensation for the annual time used to represent our membership, as with the last meeting.


I did learn some alarming information regarding the new DSHS contract.  The good, bad, and the ugly (in other words the TRUTH) was not presented to membership regarding the new contract prior the District Office holding the vote to accept the contract.  This accounts for why the exact wording of the contract was not allowed by the District Office to be reviewed prior to the vote.  I still have not received a copy of the tentative agreement document for the CBA which I would immediately post.


The way the bad news about the new contract was presented to me was via the DSHS negotiator stating that 1199NW has filed to address the “comp time portion" of the agreement on November 12th.  From what little information was provided to me, the reason why the District Office asked for a yes vote was to include the (what I think is an inappropriate) wage increase structure in the DSHS budget request.  What was presented to membership prior to the vote turned out to not be truthful.  Although I have not seen the wording, comp time was apparently negotiated away from the new agreement.  I believe that membership should have been informed of this prior to the vote.  


I ask that the negotiation team provide the truthful information to our membership, warts and all.  We deserve to know.  If what little I learned was true (without seeing the contract language), we have the option to petition for a no vote (after the fact) based on not getting truthful information from the District Office.   This is something membership must decide.


Please inform your peers of what has occurred.  I ask the District Office to provide the contract language immediately to our membership.  I ask that ALL future contract votes require full contract language disclosure prior to a District Office ordered vote so that membership itself can determine if a yes or no vote is a valid option.  I personally have no confidence in the District Office to determine what my vote shall be on ANY issue, hence I voted NO.


What occurred with this vote is ominous… It is yet another sign that we belong to a union that has no democratic base. If our Bylaws were followed, we as a membership body could file an appeal with the District Hearing & Appeals Board for investigation and resolution to determine who ordered this action and take action to assure that proper action could be taken to prevent future abuses of power.  But, 1199NW does not have a two year term elected District Hearing & Appeals Board or properly elected Election Board that was selected by membership at the District Delegate Assembly.  


At this time, 1199NW is a political action committee rather than a democratic labor union.  What I find really telling is that SEIU International has been slow to respond to my appeal which went directly to them.  Perhaps SEIU International is also a political action committee rather than a true democratic labor union…  I hope that this is not true, because if it is…  SEIU International has failed to properly elect its own Hearing & Appeals Board that would provide oversight of its own leadership which would explain why oversight of 1199NW has yet to be initiated.


Membership deserves the truth.  Extensive reforms must be voted in at the next District Delegate Assembly to turn 1199NW into a democratic union for the first time in its history.  I suspect that I will continue to be under 1199NW attack for speaking the truth.  


1199NW has attempted to overturn a valid Western State Hospital election because the elected candidates never compromised their values by blindly following District Office and Organizer directives.  The District Office created a false “reelection” that prevented the elected officers from running as there was a pending appeal (to the District Hearing & Appeals Board which did not exist) and the entire structure of WSH Chapter officers was modified exclusive of WSH membership to a structure that exists in no other 1199NW Chapter (by Organizers, not membership).  To have participated in such a “reelection” would have required acceptance of the new imposed structure (there was no acceptance of this structure).  Note that Executive Board and Vice Chair in that illegal “reelection” had no candidates.  Instead of installing the incumbents (even in the interim), the District Office attempted to appoint their own selected individuals, exclusive of a vote by membership (via the contract negotiation team).  In May, when this issue was initiated by the District Office via an illegal Election Board acting on District Office directives with the oversight of 1199NW Chief Counsel at all steps, WSH was no longer run by membership.  When Bylaw violations and appeals were filed, there was a sudden review of Bylaws and I again assumed my duties as “Chair” but the District Office did not want to see my face in Executive Board Meetings…  Hence the extreme actions the District Office has taken to create a hostile environment.  Just this past week the illegal Election Board (Chaired by an Organizer) rendered a ruling that would have changed the WSH Chair.  The District Office has gone to great lengths to prevent a fair vote from occurring at WSH…  The results of such an election would create a two year problem for the District Office.  Proper appeals and charges against District Officers have been filed.  It is not known if SEIU International even has a proper Hearing & Appeals Board that can hear this case.   


This is where things stand at this time.  Keep your input coming.  We as a collective must determine how we proceed should the situation continue on its current path.  How does membership wish to proceed with the contract issue?

Official Filing of Appeal

The following document was filed today with 1199NW:  Document which resulted in appeal filing.


Pursuant to Article VII Section (k)  Willie Saw and Paul Vilja file an appeal pertaining to the decision of the election board provided on the date of 10/8/14 (attached) and petition that an appeal be heard before a legitimate Hearing and Appeals Board before SEIU International, or a legitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board under Article VIII which has been elected to a two year term by a District Delegate Assembly.  The Executive Board has no authority under 1199NW Bylaws to supplant the powers of the District Delegate Assembly in order to “appoint" an Election Board or appoint a two year term District Hearing & Appeals Board or temporary District Hearing & Appeals Board.  What is at stake is a union president dictatorship versus a member centered democratic union as is required by 1199NW Bylaws.  The basis for our appeal is the following:

  1. 1199NW has never elected an Election Board pursuant to Bylaw Article VII Section 1 (a), the current Chair of the Election Board as an Organizer is NOT a member in good standing, he is an employee of 1199NW and must do the bidding of the President of 1199NW or he will be fired.  For the current Chair of the Election Board to be a member in good standing he would have to meet Article IV Section 3.  We contend he is not.
  2. 1199NW has ever elected a District Hearing & Appeals Board pursuant to Bylaw Article VIII Section 2 which rendered the decision which resulted in an invalid decision to invalidate the original election and is a biased body which does not conform to Article VIII, requiring a two year term of office for such a Board… Rather a Board was created for a biased and specific task.  Diane Sosne addressed the “appointed” members at the last Executive Board meeting biasing those appointed to the Board against Paul Vilja and Willie Saw.  Such a body could not be unbiased. 
  3. 1199NW may not supplant Article V Section 3 by use of the Executive Board to invalidate the requirement for a two year term of a valid District Hearing & Appeals Board to prevent bias.
  4. All statements regarding invalidation by timeframes are inappropriate and invalid in the Election Board decision, all appeals were filed within required timeframes. 
  5. 1199NW imposed upon Western State Hospital a structure that exists in no other Chapter in its “reelection” requirement and went against the Chapter decisions for structure.  Structure must meet Bylaw standards, there are no Bylaw standards for Chair, Vice-Chair, and Corresponding Secretary. 
  6. The Chief Counsel made the decision to prevent the illegitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board from hearing a petition to pend a reelection until a District Hearing & Appeals Board decision was made in order to allow the original candidates to participate in a reelection.  In fact the exclusion of the original candidates was the goal of 1199NW in the timing of an illeigitimate “reelection."
  7. 1199NW has attempted to supplant Article V Section 3 with Article VI.  The Executive Board authority does not supplant the authority of the District Delegate Assembly.  The Executive Board may NOT order the creation of a temporary District Hearing & Appeals Board as exclusion of the two year term creates a bias. We contend that such a decision was never made by an Executive Board vote.


We file District Officer misconduct charges against Diane Sosne, President of 1199NW for the following:


  1. Violation of Article V Section 3 and Article VIII Section 2.  Diane Sosne has never allowed a District Hearing & Appeals Board from being elected at a District Delegate Assembly for a two year term in order to create a democratic union.  1199NW has operated for over a decade without a valid District Hearing & Appeals Board oversight which would have created checks and balances to create a democratic union. 
  2. Violation of Article VIII Section 2 by holding a District Hearing & Appeals Board that was allegedly appointed by the Executive Board in violation of Article VIII Section 2 and Article V Section 3.  The Executive Board cannot supplant the District Delegate Assembly to prevent the election of a legitimate District Hearing & Appeals Board for a two year term.  Paul Vilja was and is a member of the Executive Board, and was not part of such a decision.  The Executive Board was not consulted in such a decision nor could it be under the Bylaws.
  3. Violation of Article Article VII Section 1 (a), having never elected a valid Election Board at the District Delegate Assembly which designates two of its members as a chairperson and secretary.  Diane Sosne controlled the Election Board as the employer of the Chair who was a hired organizer. 
  4. Violation Article VI Section 1 (e)  DSHS had been underrepresented for two years in the Executive Board, which was pointed out by Paul Vilja repeatedly.  Paul Vilja requested one additional E-Board member be elected by Western State Hospital to represent DSHS to fill this role.
  5. Violation of Article VII Section 4.  Preventing Paul Vilja from assuming E-Board duties after his confirmed election by the Election Board, predating the subsequent illegal Election Board decision.
  6. Violation of Article VII Section 3 (f).  Paul Vilja was elected to the Executive Board and confirmed by the Election Board but not allowed to take his vows.
  7. An Organizer Ryan Weber created a petition for a member which protested an uncontested election at WSH and organized the circulation of the petition utilizing union dues which the Organizer chaired Election Board “interpreted” to be an election appeal.  The document was NOT an election appeal.  In fact, the District Officers also ran unopposed. 
  8. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne was involved in corrupt or unethical practices.
  9. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne was involved in violation of District Bylaws.
  10. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne was involved in violation of the International Union Constitution. 
  11. Article VIII, we contend that Diane Sosne, by not addressing the election of a District Hearing & Appeals Board at a District Delegate Assembly for two year terms for over a decade has been an incompetent officer.
  12. Article VI Section 1 (m) The President shall be responsible for the proper performance of duties to the Executive Board, Delegate Assemblies, and the membership.  Diane Sosne has failed in conducting in these duties.


We believe that the assertions that are made are valid and accurate.  We demand that a legitimate adjudication body hear our appeal and filing of charges against a District Officer.


Paul Vilja

Willie Saw

DSHS 

1199NW Illegitimacy

It is with great regret that I must report the following…  The president of 1199NW called me this evening to state that Western State Hospital has NO executive board member.  Not only will there be NO fair reelection, but DSHS will undergo underrepresentation for the third (and forth) year in a row.  There was no explanation for this other than I was being asked to recommend to our membership that I agree with the new 2015 collective bargaining agreement.  I DO NOT!  As I stated to the president of 1199NW, I have not been allowed to see the wording of the agreement and therefore I would not support it.  The president of 1199NW did not agree to provide me with the wording, I would not support an agreement which I could not review prior to a vote.  I believe this issue provides a clear understanding of the difference between the president of 1199NW and I.  My stance is that membership must see the actual agreement prior to voting on it.  The president of 1199NW disagrees.  I will post the wording when (and if) it is provided to me, it has not been provided to me yet.


I urge that DSHS votes NO on the 2015 Collective Bargaining Agreement.  If the agreement is valid, then let 1199NW provide a copy of the actual agreement language to DSHS membership PRIOR to a fair vote.


With regard to DSHS 1199NW representation, I can state that 1199NW is NOT a democratic union.  1199NW does not follow its own Bylaws in the following areas:


  • 1199NW has NOT voted in a District Hearing & Appeals Board for a two year term in a District Delegate Assembly.
  • 1199NW has NOT voted in a VALID Election Board where membership serves as the chair person at a District Delegate Assembly.
  • 1199NW imposed a structure on Western State Hospital that does not apply to any other Chapter with a false Election Board and District Hearing & Appeals Board.


The 1199NW president intends for DSHS to act (yet again) as a political sacrificial lamb.  I urge DSHS nurses to fight 1199NW with regard to this issue.  DSHS nurses deserve and require a market adjustment for wages as well as a cost of living increase.  What was settled for by 1199NW was insulting, hence we were not provided with the agreement wording.  


We are heading towards another WSH reelection.  I believe that 1199NW is a non-democratic union which is controlled, not by members, but by the district officers and organizers hired by the union.  Note that no dues go back to any Chapter and that dues are only applied toward the Democratic National Committee.  1199NW is a political action committee, not a true labor union.  I intend to change this.


I want the next election to be a referandum on whether 1199NW should conduct itself as a labor union or a political action committee.  


In the past years, I have conducted grievances alone with no help from 1199NW.  Most arbitration cases have been dumped by 1199NW.  My actions have resulted in two cases being brought before arbitration long after timeframes would have allowed for this.  


I ask that our membership in DSHS fight with me and end the current dictatorship of 1199NW.  We can still compel 1199NW to comply with their own Bylaws and for the first time become a democratic union.  

New Contract

Yesterday 1199NW held elections where there was a recommendation by the negotiation team of WSH vote yes on the new contract.  The language used in the new contract was not presented at the vote.  In the sign presentations at the voting areas I noted that none of the issues that were identified in the past two years of grievances appeared to be addressed.  I note that this year none of the actual language of the new contract was shared directly with the membership prior to holding a sudden vote.  This left what was presented at the vote open to interpretation.  I did receive some reports that bring great concern.  I believe that a market adjustment in wages MUST occur and that the meager increase in wages that was presented at the vote will not sustain our membership through 2017.  For these reasons I voted NO. 


I have requested to get a copy of the new contract language…  Thus far I have not gotten a response to my request.  When the new contract language is available to me as Chapter Chair of WSH, I will post it and make it available to you.  I have received many phone calls and emails that ask many questions which I currently cannot answer.  I will answer the questions when I am able to review the contract language.  


Watch for the new contract language posting when I receive it.  I will answer many of the presented questions through this blog.  

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