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WSNA, UFCW 21 press confer­ence planned for 8:30 a.m. today cancelled

SPOKANE (Jan. 3, 2020) — After ongoing discus­sions, the three unions repre­senting 13,000 health care workers at 13 Provi­dence hospi­tals statewide have agreed to pause plans to announce a strike. The parties have made signif­i­cant progress on key issues. The parties will go back to the table to continue bargaining their respec­tive contracts. We are committed to working through outstanding shared inter­ests regarding patient safety, workplace violence preven­tion, and recruit­ment and retention.

For many months, and in some cases more than a year, health care workers and nurses at Provi­dence Hospi­tals across Washington have been in contract negoti­a­tions. Because of ongoing challenges and a lack of progress to protect patient care and safety, these workers passed strike autho­riza­tion votes in October. Negoti­a­tions in November and December did not produce adequate progress. However, over the last 24 hours joint discus­sions with all three unions – UFCW 21, SEIU Health­care 1199 NW and WSNA – and Provi­dence have resulted in the most signif­i­cant progress to date. As a result of this progress, and the commit­ment to hold ongoing negoti­a­tions during the coming days, the unions have agreed to pause today’s filing of the 10-day notice of a strike.

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About WSNA
WSNA is the leading voice and advocate for nurses in Washington state, providing repre­sen­ta­tion, educa­tion and resources that allow nurses to reach their full profes­sional poten­tial and focus on caring for patients. WSNA repre­sents more than 17,000 regis­tered nurses for collec­tive bargaining across the state. 

About UFCW 21
UFCW 21 is working to build a powerful union that fights for economic, polit­ical and social justice in our workplaces and our commu­ni­ties. We repre­sent over 45,000 workers in retail, grocery stores, health care, and other indus­tries in Washington state. 

About SEIU Health­care 1199NW
SEIU Health­care 1199NW is a union of nurses and health­care workers with over 30,000 caregivers throughout hospi­tals, clinics, mental health, skilled home health and hospice programs in Washington state and Montana. SEIU Health­care 1199NW’s mission is to advocate for quality care and good jobs for all.

CONTACT:

Ruth Schubert, WSNA
rschubert@wsna.org
206.713.7884

Tom Geiger, UFCW 21
tgeiger@ufcw21.org
206.604.3421