Hospital Workers Join Community to Oppose Closure of Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton


For Immediate Release: August 23, 2017

Hospital Workers Join Community to Oppose Closure of Harrison Medical Center in Bremerton

The union that represents workers at Harrison Medical Center (HMC) in Kitsap County has declared its opposition to CHI Franciscan Health’s (CHI Franciscan) plan to close HMC’s Bremerton campus. UFCW 21 announced today that, while it supports having a new, unionized hospital in Silverdale, Phase 2 of CHI Franciscan’s plan should be to upgrade or replace the hospital that currently serves the largest city in Kitsap – rather than close it down, as CHI Franciscan intends.

UFCW 21 member Aimee Oien said, “As a Pharmacy Tech at Harrison and a Kitsap resident, I expect CHI Franciscan to put the community’s needs ahead of their corporate parent’s bottom line. Kitsap County gives CHI a huge property tax exemption. It just does not make sense for them to close the hospital in our largest city.”

It is the position of UFCW 21 that instead of cutting staff, closing a hospital and outsourcing work, CHI Franciscan should improve staffing levels, keep more union workers on the job serving patients, and maintain hospital beds in the largest city in the County. That path would be better for health care workers, patients and the community.

Aimee Oien is one of about 1,300 members of UFCW 21 who work at HMC in Bremerton and Silverdale. These workers are members of UFCW 21 which represents more than 3,300 healthcare and grocery store workers who live in Kitsap County, and more than 46,000 around the state of Washington. UFCW 21 is the state’s largest private sector local union.


CHI Franciscan’s parent company, Catholic Health Initiatives, acquired HMC in 2013 and recently asked the Washington State Department of Health (DoH) for permission to permanently close the hospital’s Bremerton campus and relocate all HMC hospital beds to its Silverdale campus. CHI’s plan calls for opening one new hospital tower in Silverdale in 2020 and a second in 2023, at which time the Bremerton campus would be closed.

DoH had originally approved CHI Franciscan’s request, but then in an unusual move agreed to reconsider its decision after reviewing information provided by the City of Bremerton, which opposes the hospital closure.

UFCW 21 Encourages Everyone to Attend Hearing:

The DoH will hold a second public hearing on CHI Franciscan’s plan.

·         Friday, September 8

·         Bremerton School District Office (134 Marion Ave N. Bremerton).

·         UFCW 21 members and allies will rally at 9:30 AM, prior to the start of the 10:30 hearing.

CHI Harrison Medical Center Wages for missed rest periods

We also have grievances for the same issue of overtime for missed rest periods for Harrison Dietary & Service and ProTech. 

You should have received this from your employer:

Dear Nurse,

On Friday, June 9, 2017 you will receive an additional direct deposit for payment of a UFCW RN rest break arbitration settlement.  The settlement payment is for a daily overtime rate applied to missed rest breaks from March 15, 2015 through March 11, 2017.

Since missed rest breaks were paid at straight time, we are paying an additional half-time for any missed rest breaks reported and paid for during this period, assuming they meet the following criteria:
  1. The entire shift was worked.
  2. No duplication of overtime pay would result.
  3. The rest break was not already paid at a weekly overtime rate.
A second back payment award will occur for the period of March 11, 2017 through the date of implementation of the calculation of missed rest breaks at a daily overtime rate.  We will notify you of this payment date when set. 

Moving forward payroll will be paying missed rest breaks for RN’s at a daily overtime rate, assuming the above criteria is met. Please call Vickie Lackman if you have any questions.

General Membership Meetings Winter 2017

Monday, February 13
6:00 pm   
Grays Harbor Hospital- West Campus
915 Anderson Drive
Conference Room E - 1st Floor

Wednesday, February 15
2:30 pm
Auburn Regional Medical Center
Plaza 1: 202 N Division St
AMC Family Birth Center

Thursday, February 16
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
Sheraton Hotel
100 112th Ave NE
Newport Room

Wednesday, February 15
7:00 pm
Quality Inn Baron Suites
100 E Kellogg Road
Olympus Room

Thursday, February 16
11:00 am
Harrison Medical Center
2520 Cherry Ave

Wednesday, February 15
5:00 pm
Three Rivers Hospital
415 Hospital Way
Hillcrest Admin. Bldg. Room 105

Wednesday, February 15
10:00 am
Providence Centralia
914 S Scheuber Road

Wednesday, February 15
5:00 pm
Nordlig Hotel
101 W Grant Ave, Chewelah
Meeting Room

Wednesday, February 15
3:15 pm  
Whidbey General Hospital
101 N Main St
Conference Room B

Monday, February 13
1:00 pm
Guesthouse Inn
1000 Griffin Ave
Meeting Room

Thursday, February 16
9:00 am  (New Location)
Teamsters Local 38
2601 Everett Ave
Downstairs Conference Room

Thursday, February 16
7:00 pm
Snohomish Cty PUD
2320 California St
Room - TC1-A

Federal Way
Tuesday, February 14
9:00 am
Hometown Office Suites & Svcs
33530 1st Way South #102
Class Room

Monday, February 13
2:00 pm
Forks Community Hospital
530 Bogachiel Way
Main Conference Room

Monday, February 13
6:00 pm
IBEW 112
2637 W Albany Ave
Meeting Room

Monday, February 13
9:00 am & 5:00 pm
Kent Commons
525 4th Ave N
AM-Interurban Room
PM-Mill Creek Room

Monday, February 13
7:00 pm
Lynnwood Convention Center
3711 196th St SW
Room 1A

Thursday, February 16
3:30 pm
EvergreenHealth Monroe
14701 179th Ave SE
The Café Corner

Moses Lake
Thursday, February 16
5:00 pm
Samaritan Healthcare
801 E Wheeler Road
Classroom 401

Mount Vernon
Tuesday, February 14  
7:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
1510 N 18th St
Conference Room

Oak Harbor
Wednesday, February 15
7:00 pm
Best Western Harbor Plaza
33175 SR 20
Whidbey Room

Monday, February 13
12:00 pm
GHC - Olympia Medical Ctr
700 Lily Rd NE
Room A

Tuesday, February 14
3:30 pm
Capital Medical Center
3900 Capital Mall Dr SW

Wednesday, February 15
1:00 pm
Providence St. Peter Hospital
413 Lily Road NE

Tuesday, February 14
2:30 pm
Mid-Valley Hospital
Family Medical Building
800 Jasmine St
Room E (Family Medical Center)

Tuesday, February 14
5:15 pm
Mid-Valley Clinic
529 Jasmine St
Break Room

Port Angeles
Wednesday, February 15
4:30 pm
Olympic Medical Center
939 Caroline Street
Wendel Room

Port Townsend
Tuesday, February 14
12:00 pm & 5:15 pm
Pt. Townsend Senior Ctr.
620 Tyler St
Board Room


Tuesday, February 14
12:30 pm
Ferry County Memorial Hospital
36 Klondike Road
HUB Conference Room 

Monday, February 13
7:00 pm
Angle Lake Community Center
4040 S 188th Street, #100
3rd Floor Conference Room

Tuesday, February 14  
9:30 am & 7:00 pm
Phinney Neighborhood Center
6532 Phinney Ave N
Room 31 Lower Brick Bldg.

Thursday, February 16
9:00 am & 7:00 pm
UFCW 21 - Seattle
5030 1st Ave S
Joe Crump Hall

Wednesday, February 15
7:00 pm
Quality Inn
134 River Road
Breakfast Room

Wednesday, February 15
12:30 am (New Date & Time)
Mason General
901 Mountain View Dr
Washington Room

Wednesday, February 15
9:00 am & 5:30 pm
UFCW 21 Office
3888 NW Randall Way #105
Conference Room

South Bend
Monday, February 13
3:00 pm
Willapa Harbor Hospital
800 Alder Street
Evergreen Room

Thursday, February 16
8:00 am, 1:00 pm & 4:00 pm
UFCW 21 Office
1710 N Calispel
Conference Room

Tuesday, February 14
2:00 pm & 5:00 pm
First United Methodist Church
621 Tacoma Ave S
Room 119

Wednesday, February 15
12:30 pm & 2:00 pm
North Valley Hospital
203 S. Western Ave
Orientation Room

Walla Walla
Monday, February 13
1:00 pm
Providence St. Mary’s Medical Center
401 W. Poplar St
Vincentian Room

Thursday, February 16
12:00 pm
Confluence Health
1300 Fuller St
Conference Room A