Too Many Patients, Too Few Staff Members Create Unsafe Conditions, Unions Announce


Nurses and other hospital-based workers joined union officials Dec. 13 to launch a lobbying effort aimed at creating minimum standards for staff numbers in hospi­tals. In an emotional press confer­ence by livestream, several workers shared their own experi­ences with covering gaps left by short staffing.”

The campaign is a collab­o­ra­tion between three health care unions: SEIU 1199, Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion (WSNA), and the United Food and Commer­cial Workers 21 (UFCW 21). At their campaign website, the unions released results of a poll of workers that showed almost half are consid­ering quitting their jobs within a few years. The three unions repre­sent about 70,000 health care personnel, including nurses, in the state.”


SOUTH SEATTLE EMERALD: Too Many Patients, Too Few Staff Members Create Unsafe Conditions, Unions Announce (12/14/21)