PeaceHealth St. John nurses, supporters, picket for fair contract Tuesday


Dozens of Peace­Health St. John Medical Center nurses, supporters and union members picketed outside the Longview hospital Tuesday, calling for a fair contract for nurses amid staffing and safety concerns.

The Washington State Nursing Associ­a­tion (WSNA) bargaining team at St. John decided to hold the infor­ma­tional picket demanding the hospital return to the bargaining table after canceling sessions sched­uled for September.

Kathy Arnesen, St. John surgical nurse, told a crowd gathered outside the hospital that over the last several years, nurses have been required to work increas­ingly diffi­cult and ever changing situa­tions. Nurses are asked to do more with less resources, and the COVID-19 pandemic has exacer­bated all those problems, she said.

We deserve safe staffing, to be appro­pri­ately compen­sated … to be safe at work, to be heard,” Arnesen said. We deserve a fair contract now.”


THE DAILY NEWS (LONGVIEW): PeaceHealth St. John nurses, supporters, picket for fair contract Tuesday (9/28/21)