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More than 1,900 nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center will vote on the tentative agreement next week reached in the early hours of Tuesday morning after long negotiation sessions.
Unions representing thousands of health care workers in Washington announced early Friday that they have postponed a strike.
The standoff between unionized nurses and Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will continue after the two parties failed to reach an overall agreement during mediated negotiations that ended Friday.
State Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-College Place, has drawn the wrath of state nurses after she said on the floor of the Senate that some nurses may spend a considerable part of their day playing cards.
In the bitter cold Monday afternoon at Riverfront Park, dozens of nurses rallied for better staffing, benefits and patient safety at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
Nursing schools and care facilities are caught between wave of retirees and spike in school applications.
After months of contract negotiations, the union representing nurses at Providence Sacret Heart Medical Center said Thursday it has reached a tentative agreement with hospital management.
Hundreds of nurses gathered in a show of solidarity Tuesday morning in Riverfront Park, demanding better wages and working conditions from Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center.
About 200 Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center nurses and their supporters gathered outside the hospital Tuesday morning in the midst of ongoing contract negotiations.
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center has begun laying off employees, closing some programs and retooling the schedules of its employees. Hospital managers announced the closure of several programs this week. The net jobs lost from these initial actions are 33.
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will announce layoffs next week as the hospital copes with a slumping economy. Fewer people are having elective surgeries – a lucrative business for health care providers – and the numbers of patients without insurance or unable to pay their medical bills has risen while the overall number of patients has dropped.
Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center have won a court fight against the hospital that they say will ensure adequate rest breaks and bolster patient safety. The sides have disagreed over what constitutes a rest break for years. The problems boiled over when the hospitals began counting trips to the bathroom, stops at drinking fountains and quick chats with co-workers against nurses’ rest breaks.