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Sacred Heart nurses ratify contract, ending monthslong negotiating session

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, ratified their contract on Thursday, ending more than a year of negotiations with Providence officials.


Sacred Heart nurses win big with tentative agreement; members vote on ratification next week

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center will see no changes to their earned illness time or paid time off, as well as receive a 10% wage increase over the next …


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 7, 2020

Sacred Heart nurses reach tentative agreement with Providence officials

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Unions delay strike at Sacred Heart, Holy Family as negotiations progress overnight

Unions representing thousands of health care workers in Washington announced early Friday that they have postponed a strike.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 3, 2020

Providence nurses, workers statewide – including in Spokane – announced intend to strike on Jan. 14

Unions representing about 13,000 nurses and health care workers at many Providence locations statewide, including at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center and Holy Family Hospital, intend to strike on Jan. …


More negotiations scheduled as nurses closer to striking at Providence locations statewide

Nurses and health care workers represented by SEIU Healthcare 1199NW union at seven Swedish locations in the Seattle area did not reach an agreement with Providence officials on Monday, Dec. …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 27, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses prepare for strike as Tri-Cities nurses reach tentative agreement

A group of unionized nurses in the Tri-Cities reached a tentative contract agreement with Providence officials Monday night, but their counterparts at Spokane’s Sacred Heart Medical Center are continuing to …


UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 22, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses closer to striking after another failed negotiation

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.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Nurses, Providence unable to agree on new contract at 1st bargaining session since strike authorization

Nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center, represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, did not reach an agreement in their federally mediated session on Tuesday with Providence officials.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses vote to authorize a strike; next negotiation set for Tuesday

Sacred Heart nurses, represented by the Washington State Nurses Association, voted to authorize a strike, after two days of voting; negotiations with Providence officials are set for Oct. 29.


Unions for Sacred Heart nurses and hospital workers schedule strike votes

After months of negotiations, nurses and hospital workers at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center will vote on whether to authorize a strike.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses: Providence pursuing maximum profit at expense of local workers

The corporate leaders of Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center seem to think that keeping what you earn is unreasonable. The 1,900 nurses at the hospital have spent the last 11 …


UPDATED: Thu., May 9, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses hold second rally as contract talks with Providence drag on

Nurses at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center held a second demonstration Thursday afternoon to keep pressure on the hospital system amid drawn-out contract negotiations.


Nurses say new break and overtime law will improve patient care

Sarah Rice, an Intensive Care Unit nurse at St. John Medical Center, said in her 10 years on the job she hasn’t worked a full week that she’s gotten to …


UPDATED: Thu., April 25, 2019

Walsh apologizes to nurses for “card-playing” comment

Sen. Maureen Walsh apologizes for suggesting nurses at some small hospitals “probably play cards a good amount of the day.”


Washington state lawmaker apologizes for nursing comments

A Washington state lawmaker who angered nurses by saying some may spend a lot of time playing cards in rural hospitals says she wishes she could reel that comment back …


UPDATED: Fri., April 19, 2019

Do nurses spend time ‘playing cards’? Washington senator’s remarks spark outrage

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 …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Washington nurses, hospitals at odds over bill limiting overtime, requiring rest breaks

The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, would require hospitals to provide nurses uninterrupted rest breaks as required by state law and prevent scheduling of mandatory overtime. Hospitals say the …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019

Sacred Heart nurses hold Spokane rally amid contract talks

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.


100 years ago in Colville: Mother and 2 sons die in house fire

A mom and her two sons were killed in a fire and a third son was critically injured in a house fire in Colville.


100 years ago in Spokane: News of battlefield deaths arrive even after World War I ends

The war in Europe had been over for more than a week, but bad news continued to arrive. The wife of Lt. R.G. White received word that her husband had …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 25, 2018

WSU Spokane researcher Lois James’ study of police bias helps earn her YWCA recognition as a Woman of Achievement

For her study of police bias and nurse fatigue, Lois James will be among several women honored Oct. 4 with the YWCA’s Women of Achievement award.


Washington nurses, health care workers are dying of opioid overdoses

Tami Cleveland was terrified as she drove to her parents’ house in Veradale on a September evening in 2012. Her stepmother, Beth, who suffered from debilitating migraines, hadn’t answered her …


Froma Harrop: U.S. is proficient in massacre cleanup

A country that refuses to lift a finger to curb gun violence needs a big cleanup crew to deal with it.


UPDATED: Mon., June 5, 2017

Nearby states, population growth strain Idaho’s nurse supply

Officials with the Idaho Department of Labor say the state continues to experience pockets of severe nursing shortages while better paying jobs in surrounding states are attracting Idaho’s nursing graduates.


100 years ago in Spokane: At Sacred Heart graduation, doctor encourages new nurses to join war effort

The Sacred Heart Hospital nursing school graduated 21 nurses – at a time when nurses were in exceptionally high demand. Dr. William O’Shea, who presented the diplomas, told the graduates …


Nurses at St. Joseph in Tacoma get $5 million settlement

Nurses at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma will receive $5 million in back pay after CHI Franciscan Health agreed to a settlement regarding meal and rest breaks.


Tacoma General nurses plan weeklong boycott of extra shifts

Nurses at Tacoma General Hospital are refusing to take extra shifts or voluntary overtime to protest hospital work practices.


Nurses hit picket lines in strike at 5 Minnesota hospitals

Thousands of nurses at five Minnesota hospitals on Monday began an open-ended strike in a dispute over health insurance, workplace safety and staffing.


Nurses’ union nears contract agreement with Sacred Heart

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.