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Support KVCH nurses’ picket Thursday in Ellensburg

WSNA-Skagit-Valley-CHELLENSBURG — The Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO, is urging all union members and community supporters in the Ellensburg area to show solidarity with the nurses at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital by attending an informational picket this Thursday, Jan. 17 from 1 to 4 p.m. in front of the main entrance to the hospital on the 600 block of S. Chestnut St.

Nurses at Kittitas Valley Community Hospital, who are represented by the Washington State Nurses Association (WSNA),  have been battling unprecedented takeaways at the bargaining table for more than a year now. Management has refused to continue bargaining with the nurses on important issues such as appropriate staffing levels and has opposed moving to the industry standard of giving nurses 15-minute, uninterrupted breaks. Management has also proposed tying compensation to hospital profits.

At the bedside, you want a nurse 100% focused on your care, not hospital profit margins. Nurses make the health and safety of patients the bottom line. We need to make sure it stays that way!

The WSNA and nurses at Kittitas Valley are asking for the support of their Union Brothers and Sisters during these difficult negotiations to help show the administration that the community cares about nurses getting a fair contract. Please join them at Thursday’s informational picket.

Click here for more information at the WSNA website.

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Posted by on Jan 14 2013. Filed under LOCAL. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Comment for “Support KVCH nurses’ picket Thursday in Ellensburg”

  1. pnwfemale

    I’m all for nurses having fair wages and benefits; but, if it ends in a strike, who is left to care for the patients? I have worked as a nurse and never been part of a union. In my book, the patient must come first.

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