Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. (KIRO 7)
Nurses and other workers at Swedish-Providence medical centers have just told us that they will be going on strike January 14. They will be releasing details tomorrow morning. The news comes courtesy of a news release from the unions involved.
Last month, their union told us 13,000 worker at 13 Swedish locations could participate. That would include seven hospitals and care centers in King and Snohomish Counties.
“After months, or in some cases years, of negotiations, caregivers at Providence facilities across Washington state say contract proposals put forth by Providence still do not address workers’ serious patient care concerns or fix ongoing unfair labor practices,” the press release says.
Representatives for nurses and caregivers say severe under-staffing and patient care problems have worsened since Swedish was taken over by Providence Health.
The health workers had announced a possible strike if last month’s contract negotiations failed to move forward in a meaningful way.
We have reached out to Providence Hospitals and are waiting to hear back.