11/30 Update: PeaceHealth Workers Reach Tentative Agreement
The over 1,700 frontline healthcare workers from PeaceHealth Southwest, PeaceHealth Sacred Heart and PeaceHealth St. John have reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with management after months of contract negotiations and a five-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike. These healthcare workers, who are members of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP, AFT Local 5017), were fighting over issues like living wages and a voice on the job. Read more
What We Are Asking For
How You Can Help
PeaceHealth caregivers are essential frontline healthcare professionals who help patients to diagnose and treat critical illnesses. They are essential to patient care and have been saving lives, particularly through the COVID-19 pandemic.
Over the past several months, PeaceHealth caregivers have been negotiating their union contract with a management who refuses to bargain fairly, offer living wages, or do anything about the short staffing that can harm patient care.
Now's the Time
We need fairness and respect at work, and for management to agree to an adequate contract that will ensure living wages and create the kind of workplace that will attract and retain qualified staff. Our patients deserve it.
Peacehealth Caregiver Voices
What is a strike exactly?
When bargaining fails to result in a contract we can be proud of, a strike is our last option where union workers, together, refuse to go to work, shifting the balance of power and showing the employer how essential we are.
How would a strike end?
Once we reach a Tentative Agreement (TA) on the new contract or a contentious article we may issue a notice of a “return to work,” which means the strike has ended and all striking workers will return to their regular shifts and vote on whether to ratify our contracts.
Will striking hurt our patients?
Not at all. In fact, we would be striking to ensure that PeaceHealth invests inpatient care and those of us who provide it. We use our collective strength to help make that happen. The hospital has a duty to provide adequate care. And since they need to meet that need, they will be pushed to settle the contract as quickly as possible. Remember: PH has the power to void a strike. We are on the frontline taking care of our patients.
In the News
- As PeaceHealth strike ends, bargaining resumes (The Stand)
- From the frontlines to the picket lines (AFT Voices)
- Rally with Randi today (The Stand)
- National union leader joins health care workers at PeaceHealth on picket line (The Columbian)
- More than 1,300 workers on strike at PeaceHealth (AFT)
- Over 1000 Workers Issue Strike Notice (KOIN)
- Short Staffing and Hospital Closure Sparks Protest (Register-Guard)
- 1,300 Workers to Strike Later This Month (KATU, ABC)
- Lab Professionals Prepare for Strike (The Daily News)
- Washington Workers Give 10 Day Notice of Strike (KPTV)
- PeaceHealth Workers Picket Along With Other Workers Across the Country (KATU, ABC)
- Union vote threatens strike at PeaceHealth Hospitals in Vancouver and Longview over wage and staffing concerns (KATU/ABC)
- 1,300 workers vote to authorize a strike at PeaceHealth Southwest in Vancouver, St. John in Longview (The Columbian)
- PeaceHealth workers vote to authorize strike (KGW/NBC)
- 1,300 workers vote to authorize a strike at PeaceHealth Southwest in Vancouver, St. John in Longview (Longview Daily News)
- PeaceHealth workers vote to authorize strike (Labor Press)
- 1,000 Workers in Washington Strike Vote (KOIN)
- Hundreds Picket at PeaceHealth (NW Labor Press)
- Picket at PeaceHealth St. John (The Daily News)
- PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Protest Over Short Staffing, Patient Access, Union Contracts, and Hospital Closure (OPB)
- 1,300 PeaceHealth Workers Vote to Strike (The Strand)
- Service and Maintenance Spotlight: Over 1,000 Workers Announce Strike (AFL-CIO)
- PeaceHealth Workers Picket as Well As Thousands of Others (KMTR)
- Workers Authorize a Strike (NW Labor Press)