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As members of the Provi­dence Union Coali­tion, which has fought for months to secure fair contracts for our members, The Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion and UFCW 21 fully support Swedish workers repre­sented by SEIU Health­care 1199NW as they serve 10-day notice to the hospital of their inten­tion to strike for patient care and safety at multiple campuses.

WSNA and UFCW 21 have reached Tenta­tive Agree­ments and have already or will soon vote on these for new contracts at Provi­dence-run hospi­tals across the state. Now, it’s time for Provi­dence to cease its Unfair Labor Practices against Swedish workers and seriously address SEIU 1199NW proposals that lay out a roadmap for success in safe staffing, workplace safety, recruit­ment and reten­tion, racial equity and inclu­sion for all, and provide for the needs of environ­mental service workers, social workers, counselors and caregivers who provide standby and call. It is time for Provi­dence to bargain in good faith and reach a fair contract settle­ment with the 8,000 nurses and other health care workers who provide excel­lent care to patients across the Swedish system.

WSNA and UFCW 21 remain committed to the coali­tion that helped us reach agree­ments that advance improve­ments for patient care and safety and supports SEIU 1199NW in their continued fight. When you take on one of us, you take on all of us. When union workers, patients and commu­nity come together we can take on large employers like Provi­dence and make sure they treat workers fairly. This helps improve the well-being of our commu­ni­ties and the safety and care we provide in our hospitals.

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