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Our nurses deserve adequate protec­tion including PPE as well as hazard pay in recog­ni­tion of the extra­or­di­nary condi­tions we are facing on the frontlines.

Sign the petition to demand our employers and our govern­ment provide the resources, support and safe working condi­tions we need to keep our members safe.

As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads in Washington and across the United States, nurses and health care workers are stepping up to serve our commu­ni­ties during a public health emergency unlike any we’ve seen in our lifetimes.

Our nurses deserve adequate protec­tion including PPEs as well as hazard pay in recog­ni­tion of the extra­or­di­nary condi­tions we are facing on the frontlines.

WSNA, UFCW 21 and SEIU Health­care 1199NW are coming together to demand our employers and our govern­ment provide the resources, support and safe working condi­tions we need to keep our members safe.

Nurses and health care workers must have the resources to ensure our health and our families are protected as we fight this pandemic.

We’re coming together as health care workers and commu­nity members across Washington to demand employers and our elected leaders commit to:

  1. Follow workplace safety guide­lines issued by the Centers for Disease Control, and provide adequate Personal Protec­tive Equip­ment (PPE) including masks, gloves, gowns and eye protection
  2. Provide scrubs and a secure location to change uniforms so we do not have to bring our soiled uniforms home and into the community
  3. Help us meet new challenges with a pay increase of $5/​hr in recog­ni­tion of our work and the increased risk to ourselves and our families during this pandemic
  4. Provide paid leave for any worker who the Employer does not permit to work due to exposure to COVID-19, with no loss of pay or accrued time off
  5. Offer accom­mo­da­tion (telework or alter­na­tive assign­ments) or paid leave with no loss of pay or accrued time off for any worker in at-risk group (older than 60, pregnant, or with an under­lying medical condition)
  6. Provide prompt notice from employer of known exposure, assess­ment of exposure risk, access to testing, and whether a worker is placed on paid leave

Every nurse and health care worker who keeps our health care system running is critical to the safety and health of our commu­ni­ties. Let’s make sure they have the equip­ment and working condi­tions to keep themselves safe through this crisis.