WSNA - Washington State Nurses Association

Washington State Nurses Association


Labor Counsel

Based in Seattle, WA


Position Title: Labor Counsel
Reports to: Labor & Operations Executive Officer
Non-Bargaining Unit: Exempt

Washington State Nurses Association is the leading voice and advocate for nurses in Washington. We represent more than 17,000 collective bargaining members and the professional interests of more than 103,000 registered nurses. For more than 100 years, WSNA has championed issues that support nurses, advance professional standards and improve the health of individuals and families in Washington state.

We are seeking a committed professional attorney with specialized experience in labor and employment law, dealing primarily with the relationships between employers and unions. Candidates with experience in collective bargaining, both public and private preferred.
Experience to include contract negotiations, drafting, and preparation.

Excellent communication (oral and written) and interpersonal skills within and across departments and externally are required. Must be able to work independently and as a team player with flexibility and be willing to work on a broad range of legal matters.

Washington State Bar Admission required. Minimum 4-6 years of experience in labor law and must have demonstrated commitment to social justice and the labor movement. The applicant should have excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, be able to multi-task and manage multiple projects, be capable of handling assignments with minimal supervision and work well in a collegial setting with other attorneys and staff.

See the position description that follows. Excellent benefits package.

The Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA) is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and staff without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation, and related medical conditions), national origin, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by applicable law.

WSNA believes that diversity and inclusion among our teammates are critical to our success in serving our membership, and we seek to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool.

Position Summary
Labor Counsel represents WSNA in contract negotiations and provides consultation to WSNA staff and WSNA membership in labor relations matters before Federal, State, and local regulatory agencies and courts.

Duties and Responsibilities Common to All Positions

  • Supports WSNA Purpose, Mission, Vision, Goals
  • Works with others, role modeling collaboration, communication, and teamwork Strives for excellence in work performance
  • Remains current in field of expertise
  • Performs other duties as assigned to meet association needs including participation in staff teams, committees
  • Acquires and maintains knowledge of Microsoft Office

Duties and Responsibilities
Consistent with the direction of the General Counsel(s):

  1. Represents WSNA and its members in contract negotiations, mediations, and settlement meetings.
  2. Collaborates with staff in managing field campaigns and related communications.
  3. Develops and disseminates information through WSNA communication vehicles.
  4. Represents WSNA and its members in representation/decertification proceedings.
  5. Represents WSNA and its members in unfair labor practice proceedings.
  6. Represents WSNA and its members in arbitrations.
  7. Collaborates in the development and presentation of training programs for local unit officers and membership
  8. Remains current in labor law, rules, and regulations of governing agencies that impact the Economic and General Welfare (E&GW) program and WSNA.


  • Juris Doctorate required.
  • Admission to the Washington State Bar required.

Essential Skills/Competencies

  • Four to six years’ experience in labor law.
  • Experience in labor relations, health care, economics preferred.
  • Experience as labor negotiator including contract negotiations, writing contract language, costing contracts, and coordinating related activities; serving as chief spokesperson.
  • Strategic thinker and ability to understand workplace dynamics.
  • Ability to handle multiple priorities, organize workload, and take initiative.

Physical requirements
This job requires:

  • Some travel and attendance at out-of-office events.
  • A valid driver’s license in the state of residence and access to an operational motor vehicle that is currently insured.

To Apply:
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and a legal writing sample (sample will not be returned), by email to Hana Yiu at: hyiu@wsna.org.

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