Health care unions say Washington hospitals ‘on the brink of a crisis’


Washington hospi­tals have spent the past month enduring the largest wave yet of COVID-19 cases, and the surge is prompting health care worker unions to issue renewed calls for hospi­tals to take additional steps to combat burnout, retain existing caregivers and maintain their overall staff levels.

In a joint press release last week, three unions repre­senting Washington health care workers — SEIU Health­care 1199NW, UFCW 21 and the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion — said hospi­tals are on the brink of a crisis” and needed immediate and impactful action to retain and attract critical workers.”

Instead of fighting over a supply of nurses, we need to be looking at how to retain the nurses that are there, build up staffing and decent working condi­tions,” said Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion Execu­tive Director David Keepnews.


THE COLUMBIAN: Health care unions say Washington hospitals ‘on the brink of a crisis’ (9/26/21)