OPEIU Local 8, SEIU 1199NW Healthcare, WSNA Join UFCW 21
All four unions have come together to stand united for patients over profits. Providence wants to lower standards for over 6,000 UFCW 21 members and another 14,000 union members across the state on issues like safe staffing, wages and secure sick leave.
As workers in Healthcare Institutions our primary purpose is to deliver the highest quality of patient care we can. To accomplish this we need proper staffing on every shift and in every department. Safe staffing levels ensure patient needs are met and creates safer work environments.
Safe staffing levels to provide the highest quality care possible
Secure sick leave to care for ourselves and our families while not putting patients at risk
Competitive compensation to recruit and retain the best workers into our communities
Affordable accessible healthcare
So far Management’s response continues to fall short. All four unions are facing the same challenges at our bargaining tables. Together we are working in coalition and are committed to raising standards that will allow us to recruit and retain high quality healthcare providers for our communities.
Management has offered:
No plan for addressing staffing levels
Inferior coverage for when we are sick forcing us to work and put our patients at risk when we should be caring for ourselves
Compensation that will not allow Providence to stay competitive with other area Hospitals putting our communities at risk
Our Union Coalition, along with community leaders and elected officials are taking action and we need every union member to stand strong!
While we fight for standards, safe workplaces and healthy communities at Centralia Hospital, St Mary’s Hospital, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital and Mt Carmel Hospital
We stand with WSNA at Sacred Heart Medical Center!
We stand with OPEIU 8 at Providence Regional Medical Center Everett!
We stand with SEIU 1199NW at Swedish Hospital!
In Spokane we are bargaining for over 300 workers at Holy Family Hospital and 1,800 workers at Sacred Heart Medical Center where our proposals reflect our priority to improve working conditions in the face of Management’s proposed takeaways.
After months of negotiations and working with a Federal Mediator we are no closer to a new contract with Providence.
Management does not appear to be willing to work on a fair settlement, instead they want to strip us of hard-earned benefits while offering an inferior wage package.
We have said “NO” again and again so it’s time to take further action to reach a new contract.
How much money do they need to take from us until enough is enough? For a non-profit their profits are overwhelmingly high. Providence should re-invest those profits in Patient Care and their employees, not just their CEO’s!
It’s time for Providence to “Step Up” and “Put Patients and Safe Staffing Before Profits.”
Contact your Bargaining Team members for more information on how you can help solve our staffing crisis.
On Friday, July 26 join hundreds of fellow union members from across Washington for a spirited rally at Providence headquarters to stand up for quality patient care and good jobs. All job titles throughout Providence including nurses, nursing assistants, techs, social workers, transporters, hospice workers, pharmacists, environmental services, nutrition workers, clerks and lab workers will gather in a massive show of unity.
We’re all experiencing the same attacks from Providence as the corporation prioritizes excessive executive pay, profits and branding above the needs of patients and front-line workers. We are struggling with severe under-staffing, unaffordable health benefits, unfair wages, cuts to our sick time, and disrespect and discrimination on the job.
Meanwhile, Providence raked in $24.4 BILLION in operating revenue and $165 MILLION in operating profits last year. The CEO Rod Hochman had a 157% increase in total compensation to $10.5 MILLION in 2017, and the top 15 Providence execs had over $41 MILLION in total compensation that year.
Let’s all send a powerful message directly to these millionaire executives that Providence needs to stop wasting resources and invest in quality care for our patients! RSVP below…
12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
1801 Lind Ave SW Renton, WA 98057
RSVP to attend the Providence Patients before Profits Rally
For Immediate Release:
Providence Workers Across the State Join Together For Informational Pickets: Spokane, Everett and Olympia
WHAT: Informational Pickets protest against proposed cuts of benefits for thousands of workers across the state by Providence. These workers in Spokane, Everett and Olympia all have contracts that are now expired. There will be good visuals with picketers + picket signs. Interviews with workers at each location will be able to be arranged upon request.
DATE: Thursday, June 27, 2019
Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center
8th & McClellan
TIME: 2 PM – 5 PM
(UFCW 21 members will be joined by members of Washington State Nurses Association)
Providence St Peter Hospital
Lilly & Ensign
TIME: 2 PM – 5 PM
Providence Regional Medical Center Everett
Colby & 13th
TIME: 3 PM – 6 PM
Note – there will also be a leaflet action at Providence St Mary’s Medical Center, 401 Poplar St, Walla Walla from 7-8 AM and 1 – 3:30 PM
WHY: Despite making $24.4 billion last year and paying their CEO over $10 million, Providence is trying to take away the hard-earned benefits of workers, many whom have been dedicated employees for decades. These proposed take aways include: erasing millions of dollars’ worth of accrued benefits that workers have in their Sick Leave, and ongoing failure to address staffing shortages.
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UFCW 21 has over 46,000 members across the state of Washington and is the largest UFCW local in the nation. By growing our union, we are building a movement for the 21st century, an inclusive and democratic union that pushes for racial, gender, economic and political justice.
For more information, go to: UFCW21.org