Pierce County health care workers petition for hazard pay amid coronavirus crisis


The nurses’ union repre­senting 3,600 workers at two of Pierce County’s biggest health systems has petitioned for extra pay during the COVID-19 crisis, saying its members are working without the proper protec­tive gear and are suffering finan­cial hardships brought on by the outbreak.

In a petition created last week, the nurses union asks for a pay increase of $5 per hour in recog­ni­tion of their work and the increased risk to nurses and family members.

As of Monday, the petition has garnered more than 9,200 signatures.

The senior director for strategic initia­tives of the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion, Anne Piazza, said while having a pay increase doesn’t compen­sate for adequate personal protec­tive equip­ment, it can help show staff they are appre­ci­ated at a time when their work is critical.

It’s meant to recog­nize the environ­ment and the risks that nurses are putting themselves in,” she told The News Tribune. They are at the front line of this.”



TACOMA NEWS TRIBUNE: Pierce County health care workers petition for hazard pay amid coronavirus crisis (4/1/20)