Washington workers give 10-day notice of strike at PeaceHealth

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Published: Oct. 13, 2023 at 12:58 PM PDT
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VANCOUVER Wash. (KPTV) – Representatives say over 1,300 workers with PeaceHealth have given a 10-day notice of plans to strike. The employees include the Techs and Service and Maintenance units at PeaceHealth Southwest and the Lab Professional unit at PeaceHealth St. John.

According to a representative Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), 95% of workers voted in favor of authorizing the strike last week.

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Workers are striking citing stalled negotiations, severely short patient staffing levels, low wages and management’s bad faith bargaining, according to OFNHP.

Another unit, a Tech unit at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart in Lane County, is in the midst of bargaining but has not yet authorized a strike. If a strike is called, 400 more employees would join the picket line.

The strike is planned to begin Oct. 23.