An overwhelming majority – 90 percent of the hundreds of Kadlec RNS who voted tonight – said "yes" in the Strike Advisory Vote WSNA held during two membership meetings. We heard loud and clear that the union nurses at Kadlec, want their bargaining team to continue fighting hard for a fair and respectful contract – and that the nurses will support their team in doing whatever it takes, up to and including a strike.
We are not calling a strike based on this vote; however, we learned tonight that the Kadlec nurses are resolved to stand behind their bargaining team. They will not buckle. They will not accept nearly $1 million per year in permanent cuts to their paid time off and sick leave. They will not accept the continued failure to adopt patient safety language.
The wellbeing of their patients and the Tri-Cities community depends on it.
WSNA has proposed January 13 as the next bargaining date and is waiting for Kadlec to respond. Additional actions are being planned.