UFCW to picket WA hospital Monday

Informational picketing by the United Food and Commercial Workers union will start Monday at 6 a.m. at Providence St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia, WA after registered nurses overwhelmingly rejected the latest contract offer. Nurses want to publicly explain their ongoing concerns about staffing levels, patient care and working conditions, a news release today from the union says. The contract covers more than 600 nurses who have been negotiating for six months. The previous contract expired March 1.

On July 11, nurses voted to reject management’s June 22 contract by a 97 percent margin. Nurses voted by the same margin to authorize the UFCW Local 141 negotiating team to set a date for picketing. Federal mediator Jeff Clark has been notified of the voting. The next date for mediation is Monday. UFCW Local 141 represents approximately 3,000 nurses at 22 hospitals statewide.


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