Today, Wednesday, October 11th, over 1,300 members of the PeaceHealth Tech, Service and Maintenance, and Lab Pro bargaining units will be picketing at both PeaceHealth Southwest and PeaceHealth St. John as they demand improved patient staffing, living wages, and a fair contract. Last week these workers voted by a rate of 95% to authorize a strike at both hospitals. Many of these healthcare workers, who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), AFT Local 5017, have been in negotiations over their next union contract for months. The workers say that
Last week, the Service and Maintenance and Tech healthcare workers at PeaceHealth Southwest and the Lab Professionals at PeaceHealth St. John voted to authorize a strike at both hospitals by 95%, with 93% of these healthcare workers participating in the vote. Many of these healthcare workers, who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), AFT Local 5017, have been in negotiations over their next union contract for months. These workers say that they were pushed to authorize a strike because management refused to bargain in good faith, put reasonable
The Coalition is going on strike, what do I need to know as a union sibling at Kaiser?
OFNHP stands in solidarity with striking workers and has provided Kaiser with notice of our intent to participate in concerted activities including informational picketing. Our members have different restrictions depending on their CBAs, and we want to make sure everyone can confidently show their support for their coworkers following the below guidelines.
Can we engage in a sympathy strike?
No, our contracts are in place until 2025, we cannot strike or otherwise stop our own work. We can
On June 28th, the Lab Professionals at PeaceHealth St. John in Longview, Washington had their latest in a months long series of negotiations for their next union contract. As has happened in the past several sessions, management has refused to bargain on required issues and are denying our members the ability to receive living wages. The Lab Professionals are facing historically low wages for their position relative to the market, which means that staffing levels have been low enough to potentially harm the future of patient care. This is a problem that many of our members have seen in their