Negotiations between unionized nurses and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will continue after the two parties failed to reach an overall agreement on a new contract during federally mediated negotiation sessions that ended Friday.
The two side have been trying for nearly a year to agree to a new contract. Last month, more than 1,900 Sacred Heart nurses represented by the Washington State Nurses Association voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike.
Service and maintenance workers at Sacred Heart have also authorized a strike after failed contract negotiations.
The nurses and Providence administrators are working to schedule another mediation session, a WSNA press release said.
The release also said, “Sacred Heart nurses continue strike preparation, including building and training strike committees.”
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