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Rally for Patients Before Profits at Providence Corporate Headquarters #

On Friday, July 26, our nurses from Sacred Heart and Kadlec joined hundreds of outraged nurses, health­care workers, state labor leaders, public officials, and union activists from across Washington to hold a Rally for Patients Before Profits” at the corpo­rate headquar­ters of Provi­dence St. Joseph Health, the state’s largest health system.

We brought our message directly to multi-million­aire execu­tives because managers in our local Provi­dence facil­i­ties have refused to address urgent problems including workplace and patient safety concerns, cuts to sick time and paid time off, compet­i­tive benefits and wages to recruit and retain nurses.

The rally repre­sents over 20,000 workers from throughout the Provi­dence system in almost every job title. The shared problems they are experi­encing have become so extreme that they have prompted the workers’ four different unions – OPEIU Local 8, SEIU Health­care 1199NW, UFCW 21 and the Washington State Nurses Associ­a­tion – to create the Provi­dence United Coali­tion” to support each other and jointly hold execu­tives account­able for solutions.

The response from Provi­dence? A state­ment to the media that the most effec­tive venue for discussing labor contracts is at the local bargaining tables” and We have full confi­dence that our local leaders, who are bargaining these contracts, have presented strong pay and benefits packages that are aligned with our values and advance our commit­ment to creating an excep­tional work experi­ence for our caregivers.” Really? If that were true we wouldn’t have been compelled to travel across the state to try and get our message across. 

Resolu­tion calling on Provi­dence St. Joseph Health to put Patients before Profits

At the Washington State Labor Council Conven­tion on July 27, delegates passed a resolu­tion calling on leaders of local unions to send letter to the Provi­dence board of direc­tors calling on them to listen to health­care workers and immedi­ately negotiate fair union contracts; and the Washington State Labor Council to stand in solidarity with health­care workers in their fight to make Provi­dence return to the founding core values of Compas­sion, Dignity, Justice, Excel­lence and Integrity, and put patients before profits.

Key issues & action survey

What’s your top priority: preserve PTO, no manda­tory low census, higher wages, no increases to insur­ance premiums? And what are you willing to do to fight for your prior­i­ties? Our team needs to hear from you. Take a minute to complete this very impor­tant survey now.

Questions? Contact WSNA Nurse Repre­sen­ta­tive Jayson Dick at 206 – 575-7979, ext. 3121 or jayson.dick@wsna.org.